Saarbrucken: Chong Wei Feng eased to a 21-11, 21-18 second-round win at Bitburger Open on Wednesday against Lukas Schmidt of Germany.
The No. 14 seed Malaysian took just 35 minutes to complete victory over world No. 637 Lukas Schmidt. Chong will set up a last 16 clash with another German player, No. 3 seed Marc Zwiebler next.
Chou Tien Chen, the top-seeded men’s singles from Taiwan, had needed to rally from 1 set down to see off Maxime Moreels of Belgium 14-21, 21-7, 21-10 in the second round.
Also on Wednesday, second-seeded Tommy Sugiarto of the Indonesia beat Kim Bruun of Denmark 21-9, 21-15.
Malaysian men’s doubles pair Goh V Shem/Tan Wee Kiong claimed a 21-16, 21-7 victory over Daniel Benz/Chiang Jiann Shiarng, enjoying a 1-0 head-to-head record against the world No. 213 men’s pair.
Stoeva sisters, who are currently ranked world No. 14, charged past their first hurdle in the quest for the Bitburger title, with the Bulgarian pair delivering a crushing 21-5,21-10 defeat to world No. 19 Amelia Alicia Anscelly/Soong Fie Cho of Malaysia. Both Gabriela Stoeva and Stefani Stoeva went on to play Sophie Brown/Kate Robertshaw of England on Thursday.
Tee Jing Yee began erasing a run of recent poor form as the Malaysian beat Rong Schafer of USA 13-21, 21-15, 21-11 to face No. 4 seed Akane Yamaguchi in the women’s singles second round.