AUCKLAND: Malaysian Soo Teck Zhi upstaged fourth-ranked Hao Hsu Jen of Chinese Taipei to advance to the quarterfinals of the Skycity New Zealand Open today.
The 21-year-old Teck Zhi, seeded 16th, went down fighting in the first set 19-21 and then surprised his opponent with a stunning comeback in the second set which he won 21-16.
In the decider, Teck Zhi, a former Asian junior champion, battled Hsu Jen all the way and eventually emerged tops with a 21-19 win to secure a place in the next stage.
Teck Zhi, who needed 40 minutes to win his game, will face China's Shi Yuqi in the quarters.
Top mixed doubles pair, Can Peng Soon and Goh Liu Ying overcame a spirited charge from Australians Matthew Chau and Gronya Somerville to win their tie 21-16, 18-21, 21-16 in 45 minutes.
The third-seeded Malaysians will take on the winners of the game between seventh-ranked French pair Ronan Labar-Emilie Lefel and Indonesians Hafiz Faisal-Sheila Devi Aulia who are down to play later today.
Another Malaysian men's singles player, Goh Soon Huat meanwhile dropped out of contention after going down 21-16, 21-15 to South Korean Lee Dong Kuen, seeded fourth.
Men's singles: Soo Teck Zhi bt (4) Hao Hsu Jen (tai) 19-21, 21-16, 21-19; Lee Dong Kuen (Kor) bt Goh Soon Huat 21-16, 21-15
Mixed doubles: Chan Peng Soon-Goh Liu Ying bt Matthew Chau-Gronya Somerville (Aust) 21-16, 18-21, 21-16. 45