Mulheim: Unseeded Malaysians Goh V Shem/Tan Wee Kiong were pushed to the brink of elimination after they trailed 16-20 in the decider against second seeds Chai Biao/Hong Wei.
Playing with superb fighting spirit, Goh/Tan then fought off four consecutive match points to earn a quarter-final berth in the German Open by beating Chai/Hong 19-21, 21-12, 22-20 in a pulsating match to set up a clash against sixth seeds Ko Sung Hyun/Shin Baek Cheol on Friday.
In men’s singles, Olympic champion Lin Dan of China was barely troubled by Raul Must as he cruised to quarter-finals by beating the Estonian 21-17, 21-8 in 35 minutes. Lin will play Japanese No. 16 seed Sho Sasaki tomorrow.
Men’s singles top seed Jan Ø. Jørgensen of Denmark safely secured a spot in the last 16 as he took 37 minutes to beat South Korean Lee Dong-keun 21-10, 21-14.
The only major upset in men’s singles came from Hong Kong’s Angus Ng Ka Long when he shocked No. 6 seed Kidambi Srikanth of India in a three-set thriller 18-21, 21-18, 21-18 to advance to the quarter-finals.
In the women’s competition, the London 2012 Olympic champion Li Xuerui continued her strong run by closing out her women’s singles second round match against comfortably against Busanan Ongbumrungphan of Thailand, wining 21-15, 21-12 in just 32 minutes.
Three-time Asian Games gold medalist Wang Shixian of China raced past Indonesian Lindaweni Fanetri 21-10, 21-17 to set up a clash with No. 7 seeds P.V Sindhu on Friday.