Top seed Kento Momota of Japan moved a step closer to claiming the men’s singles title at the All England Badminton Championships after comfortably beating Thailand's Kantaphon Wangcharoen in Birmingham today.
The world number one registered a 21-19, 21-11 win to reach the quarter-finals at the Badminton World Federation World Tour 1000 event, which is being held at Arena Birmingham.
Awaiting him in the last eight is India's Srikanth Kidambi, who defeated Asian Games champion Jonatan Christie of Indonesia 21-17, 11-21, 21-12.
The other quarter-final tie in the top half of the draw pits Indonesia's Tommy Sugiarto against Hong Kong's Ng Ka Long Angus.
Sugiarto overcame China's Huang Yuxiang 22-24, 21-17, 21-16, while Ng beat India's Sai Praneeth Bhamidipati 21-12, 21-17,
Among those through to the last eight in the bottom half of the draw is defending champion Shi Yuqi of China.
The second seed defeated Malaysia's Liew Daren 21-8, 21-10 to set up a clash with Japan's Kanta Tsuneyama, a 21-19, 21-13 victor at the expense of compatriot Kenta Nishimoto.
The winner of that tie will go up against one of two Danes, Viktor Axelsen or Jan Ø. Jørgensen.
Axelsen progressed beyond the last-16 with a 21-19, 21-16 win over China's Lu Guangzu, while Jørgensen saw off fellow countryman Rasmus Gemke in a 21-17, 22-20 victory.
In the women's singles event, top seed Tai Tzu-ying of Chinese Taipei remains on course for a third successive title thanks to a 21-15, 21-14 win over the United States' Zhang Beiwen.
Standing between her and a place in the semi-finals is India's Saina Nehwal, who came from behind to overcome Denmark's Line Højmark Kjærsfeldt 8-21, 21-16, 21-13.
If Tai comes through that, she will face either Japan's Akane Yamaguchi or China's He Bingjiao.
Yamaguchi earned her place in the last eight by beating Denmark's Mia Blichfeldt 21-18, 21-14, while He did so with a 15-21, 21-15, 21-14 triumph over Thailand's Pornpawee Chochuwong.
Completing the quarter-final line-up are South Korea's Sung Ji-hyun, China's Chen Yufei and Li Xuerui and Japan's Nozomi Okuhara, the 2017 world champion.
Sung and Chen will go up against each other after the former defeated Hong Kong's Cheung Ngan Yi 21-11, 18-21, 21-18 and the latter overcame Japan's Aya Ohori 21-6, 17-21, 21-19.
Li, meanwhile, beat compatriot Chen Xiaoxin 21-14, 21-12 and will now go onto face Okuhara, a 21-14, 23-21 winner over fellow countrywoman Sayaka Takahashi.
Competition is due to continue tomorrow.
The finals are scheduled for Sunday (March 10).