KUALA LUMPUR: Lee Zii Jia continued his impressive run in Europe when he reached the quarter-finals of the Bitburger Open in Germany on Thursday.
In the third round, the Malaysian men's singles shuttler – who recently bagged his maiden senior title at the Polish International Series – staged a superb 21-17, 21-12 upset over sixth seed Qiao Bin of China.
Zii Jia, who was only promoted to the national senior squad this year, takes on third seed Brice Leverdez of France next for a place in the semi-finals.
It was, however, the end of the road for Iskandar Zulkarnain Zainuddin, who crashed out of the competition after going down 21-17, 15-21, 21-8 to another China shuttler, Huang Yuxiang.
Meanwhile, in the men's doubles, two of Malaysia's scratch pairings – Goh V Shem-Teo Ee Yi and Tan Wee Kiong-Ong Yew Sin – successfully checked into the last eight stage.
In the second round, V Shem-Ee Yi saw off China's He Jiting-Tan Qiang 21-19, 10-21, 21-19, while Wee Kiong-Yew Sin defeated Denmark's Mathias Bay Smidt-Frederik Søgaard 21-18, 21-17.
Playing in only their second tournament together, Wee Kiong-Yew Sin are up against another Danish challenge in the quarter-finals, second seeds Kim Astrup-Anders Skaarup Rasmussen, while V Shem-Ee Yi play fourth seeds Fajar Alfian-Muhammad Rian Ardianto of Indonesia.