Indonesia’s Jonatan Christie claimed a shock win for the second successive day to progress to the semi-finals of the Badminton World Federation (BWF) Malaysia Open in Kuala Lumpur.
Christie had stunned world number one Kento Momota of Japan yesterday to set up a meeting with former world champion Viktor Axelsen.
And the 21-year-old delivered an impressive performance to overcome Dane Axelsen, who had triumphed at the India Open last week.
Christie edged to a 21-18, 21-19 win in the BWF Super 750 event at Axiata Arena.
His semi-final opponent will be reigning Olympic champion Chen Long after the Chinese player beat India’s Srikanth Kidambi 21-18, 21-19.
Elsewhere, five-time world champion and two-time Olympic gold medallist Lin Dan continued his upturn in form.
Prior to the tournament, the Chinese star had not won in the first round at a World Tour 500 event or higher since the Denmark Open in October.
The 35-year-old has won three consecutive matches after beating Japan’s Kanta Tsuneyama 16-21, 21-17, 21-10.
He faces a semi-final against compatriot Shi Yuqi, who was a 21-17, 21-16 winner against Kenta Nishimoto of Japan.
The women’s singles lived up to pre-tournament expectations, with the top four seeds progressing to the semi-finals.
World number one Tai Tzu-Ying beat India Open champion Ratchanok Intanon of Thailand 21-19, 21-13.
Her reward is a clash with Chen Yufei after the Chinese player overcame South Korea’s Sung Ji-hyun 21-18, 21-14.
Japan are assured of a finalist at the tournament as Nozomi Okuhara and Akane Yamaguchi advanced and will face each other.
Second seed Okuhara saw off China’s He Bingjiao 21-19, 23-21, while Yamaguchi also came through a tight contest as she won 21-10, 7-21, 21-19 against Thailand’s Pornpawee Chochuwong.
Semi-finals will take place tomorrow.