KUALA LUMPUR: Ong Yew Sin-Teo Ee Yi, continued their impressive run at the Australian Open by reaching the last eight stage on Thursday.
The national No 2 men's doubles duo scored another easy win over Indonesian qualifiers Saputra Alvindo-Ferdinand Sinarta Surbakti in the second round at the Sydney Olympic Park Sports Centre, thrashing them 21-9, 21-7 in just 16 minutes.
When contacted in Sydney yesterday, Ee Yi said: "Our first two rounds here have been rather easy, because our opponents were not really strong.
"However, having said that, we did not take any of them lightly and played to our true potential because every tournament we played in so far is treated seriously as a warm up ahead of the KL Games (KL2017) in August.
"Our target at the Australian Open is to go as far as we could. Our opponents in the last eight tomorrow won't be easy, we even lost to them last week in Jakarta (Indonesia Open), but we wont give up.
"We will give our all," said Ee Yi, who will face world No 10 Liu Cheng-Zhang Nan of China next.
Meanwhile, it was the end of the road for high flying mixed doubles duo Tan Kian Meng-Lai Pei Jing.
After stunning Olympic champions Tontowi Ahmad-Liliyana Natsir in the opening round of Wednesday. The Malaysian top pair lost 21-16, 23-21 to Japan's Yugo Kobayashi-Misaki Matsutomo in the second round yesterday.
Scratch pair Chan Peng Soon-Cheah Yee See, who will compete at KL2017, however, kept the Malaysian flag flying when they saw off Indonesia's Hendra Tandjaya-Sekartaji Putri 21-10, 21-5. Peng Soon-Yee See are up against seventh seeds Praveen Jordan-Debby Susanto next for a place in the last four.
Also through to the quarter-finals were independent men's doubles duo Hendra Setiawan of Indonesia and Malaysia's Tan Boon Heong.
Hendra-Boon Heong, upset sixth seeds Lee Jhe Huei-Lee Yang 21-17, 21-11 in the second round and will play Japan's Takuto Inoue-Yuki Kaneko next for a place in the semi-finals.