Defending champion PV Sindhu advanced to the women's singles quarter-finals ©Getty Images

Tai Tzu-ying and PV Sindhu will meet in a high-profile quarter-final at the Badminton World Championships after the top seed and defending champion negotiated their respective third-round ties in Huelva.

Chinese Taipei’s Tai came through her latest match in three games at the Palacio de los Deportes Carolina Marín.

Tai won the opening game 21-10 against Kirsty Gilmour, only for the Scottish player to win the second 21-19.

The decider saw Tai regain control to win the game 21-11 and advance to the last eight of the competition.

Sindhu enjoyed a more comfortable path to the semi-finals, with the Indian star winning 21-14, 21-18 against Pornpawee Chochwong of Thailand.

Sindhu had beaten Tai in the 2019 World Championship quarter-finals in a dramatic three-game contest, en-route to claiming the title.

The winner of the rematch will face Chinese opposition in the last four, with Han Yue and He Bingjiao meeting in the quarter-finals.

Han earned a 21-19, 21-19 win over Canada’s Michelle Li today, while He triumphed 21-13, 21-10 against Mia Blichfeldt of Demark.

Tournament second seed Akane Yamaguchi overcame Sayaka Takahashi 21-15, 21-18 in an all-Japanese third-round match.

The winner will face South Korea’s An Se-young, who battled back from a game down to beat China’s Wang Zhiyi 17-21, 22-20, 21-19.

An has been in sparkling recent form, with the 19-year-old having won Indonesia Masters, Indonesia Open and BWF World Tour Finals titles in the latter part of the season.

Thailand’s Ratchanok Intanon, the 2013 world champion, recorded a 23-21, 21-9 win over Denmark’s Line Christophersen to reach the quarter-finals.

She will play China’s Chang Yiman, who beat South Korea’s Kim Ga-eun 21-16, 21-19.

Denmark’s Anders Antonsen, the 2019 runner-up, impressively advanced to the men’s singles quarter-finals.

The third seed, the highest-ranked player remaining, earned a 21-9, 21-11 win over Hong Kong’s Lee Cheuk Yiu.

He will face sixth seed Lee Zii Yia of Malaysia, after he overcame Denmark’s Hans-Kristian Vittinghus 21-15, 15-21, 21-10.

Singapore’s Loh Kean Yew reached the last eight of the World Championships for the first time.

Loh overcame Kantaphon Wangcharoen 21-4, 21-7 in a dominant display, as he builds on his impressive earlier win over Olympic champion Viktor Axelsen.

Loh awaits India’s Prannoy Kumar, who beat Denmark’s Rasmus Genke 16-21, 21-8, 22-20.

India’s Srikanth Kidambi beat China’s Lu Guangzu 21-10, 21-15 to earn a quarter-final match against the Netherlands’ Mark Caljouw, who beat Canada’s Brian Yang 22-20, 21-10.

India’s Lakshya Sen beat Guatemala’s Tokyo 2020 semi-finalist Kevin Cordón 21-13, 21-8.

Sen will play either Ireland’s Nhat Nguyen or Zhao Junpeng of China.