Thailand's Busanan Ongbumrungpan and Pannawit Thongnuam moved into the quarter-finals of the SCG BWF World Junior Championships last night while Sitthikom Thammasin crashed out in third round.
Second seed Busanan, the world's top junior female player, defeated Mia Blichfeldt of Denmark 21-14, 21-5 in the fourth round (last 16) round of the women's singles at Indoor Stadium, Hua Mark.
Busanan, who cruised past Ho Yen Mei of Malaysia 21-6, 21-14 in the third round earlier in the day, will take on Hana Ramadhimi of Indonesia for a place in the semi-finals.
Tipped as favourite to win the title this week after her victory at the Dutch Open recently, Busanan was the only Thai player left in the women's singles after both Chochuwong Pornpawee and Thamolwan Poopradubsil lost yesterday.
Top seed Aya Ohori of Japan also made it to the quarter-finals after rallying past South Korea's Lee Min-Ji 10-21, 22-20, 21-14 in the last-16 round.
Earlier, she beat American Krisna S. 22-20, 21-17 in the third round. Ohori will next face Liang Xiaoyu of China.
Pannawit, who is the only Thai player left in the men's singles, fought back from one game down to beat Taiwan's Yang Sheng-Jie 18-21, 21-9, 21-17 in the last 16.
In the quarter-finals, Pannawit will meet Ihsan Mustofa of Indonesia who beat Kanta Tsuneyama of Japan 21-19, 21-18.
Pannawit beat Denmark's Mads Storgaard Sorensen 21-13, 21-13 in the third round.
The most shocking results of the day came in the men's singles event when the top two players went out in the round of 32.
Second seed Sitthikom lost to Christie Jonatan of Indonesia 21-18, 21-16 while top seed and world No.1 Soo Teck Zhi of Malaysia was beaten by Yang Sheng-Jie of Taiwan 21-12, 21-15.
Thailand's Kantaphon Wongcharoen was also defeated by Wang Tzu Wei 21-15, 21-13 in the third round.
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