Lee Zii Jia survived an opening-round scare before checking into the second round of the Thailand Open with a 21-19, 21-9 win over Ade Risky Dwicahyo on Wednesday.
Lee had been in tremendous form in the last few weeks after winning the Badminton Asia Championships and continuing that unbeaten run at the Thomas Cup, where he beat Kento Momota and Lakshya Sen, among others.
But against the Indonesian-born Azerbaijani, Lee was locked at 19-all in the first game before easing away for the lead.
The second game was a more straightforward affair as the Malaysian cruised to next round where he will take on Germany's Kai Schaeffer.
Lee's coach, Liew Daren, also came through against a much tougher opposition in H. S. Prannoy.
Prannoy was still revelling in helping his country win their first Thomas Cup, as he played a crucial role in delivering the winning point against Malaysia in the last eight.
But Liew ended the Indian's Thailand Open campaign with a 21-17, 15-21, 21-15 victory to sail into the next round to face Koki Watanabe.
Goh Soon Huat-Shevon Lai also made it to the second round with a 21-13, 21-13 win over American pair Vinson Chiu-Jennie Gai.
The rest of the shuttlers who made it through to the second round after their first wins on Tuesday were Goh Sze Fei-Nur Izzuddin, who next face French pair Christo-Toma Junior Popov.
Several women’s doubles pairs also came through namely Pearly Tan-M.Thinaah, Anna Ching-Teoh Mei Xing and Vivian Hoo-Lim Chiew Sien.
In the women’s singles, S. Kisona was embroiled in an hour-long contest against Ruselli Hartawan but agonisingly failed to get past the line as she lost 21-14, 18-21, 19-21.
Mixed doubles fifth seeds Tan Kian Meng-Lai Pei Jing, meanwhile, suffered an early setback after losing 17-21, 21-16, 13-21 to Germans Jones Ralfy Jansen-Linda Efler.
Ng Tze Yong came mighty close to upsetting Chinese Taipei's Wang Tzu Wei but just fell short at the final hurdle 12-21, 21-13, 19-21.