The event in Melbourne continued today ©Oceania Badminton

Defending champions Abhinav Manota of New Zealand and Australia's Wendy Chen Hsuan-yu progressed to the quarter-finals with comfortable victories at the Oceania Badminton Championships in Melbourne.

The top seeds each made light work of their respective opponents on the second day of the event at the Melbourne Sports and Aquatics Centre.

Chen, seeking a fifth straight continental women's singles title, dispatched team-mate Chloe Lee 21-12, 21-9 in just 27 minutes to reach the last eight.

The Taiwanese-born player will go up against Claudia Lam, a 21-8, 21-17 winner over New Caledonia's Johanna Kou, for a place in the semi-finals.

Second seed Louisa Ma joined Chen in the quarter-finals with a 21-15, 21-18 victory against Dgenyva Matauli of New Caledonia.

Jennifer Lam of Australia, seeded third, progressed as she beat compatriot Lauren Lim 21-15, 21-15.

Manota, bidding to retain the men's singles crown he clinched last year, also breezed into the last eight as he defeated Australia's Jonathan Wong 21-14, 21-16.

The New Zealander's opponent in the quarter-finals will be seventh seed Peter Yan of Australia, who overcame team-mate Hoe Keat Oon 24-22, 21-17 in a hard-fought contest.

Daniel Fan of Australia, the second seed, ease to a 21-10 21-10 win over compatriot Andrew Belcher, while third seed Pit Seng Low beat Anthony Wong 21-14, 21-11 in another all-Australian affair.

The tournament in Melbourne continues tomorrow.