Fourth seeds Dechapol Puavaranukroh and Sapsiree Taerattanachai rebounded from a tough start to oust Japanese Takuro Hoki and Wakana Nagahara and book a quarter-final spot in badminton's Asian Championships on Thursday.
The country’s No 1 mixed doubles pair, ranked fourth in the world, narrowly lost the opening game 24-22 in the second-round match but upped their concentration to take the second and third 21-16 21-17 and edge through.
Dechapol and Sapsiree, who claimed their first title of the season, the Singapore Open a fortnight ago, face a last-eight clash with world No 7 Hafiz Faizal and Gloria Emanuelle Widjaja of Indonesia on Friday. The Thai duo enter the showdown with a 2-0 lifetime record against the opponents.
However, in the women's doubles second round Sapsiree and Puttita Supajirakul lost to Chen Qingjen and Jia Yifan of China 21-18 15-21 21-13,
Also moving into the last eight were the women’s pairing of Jongkolphan Kittitharakul and Rawinda Prajongjai, who eased past Anna Ching Yik Cheong and Lim Chiew Sien of Malaysia 21-15 21-18.
A Herculean task awaits them on Friday, however – their next rivals are world No 1 Yuki Fukushima and Sayaka Hirota of Japan. The Thais have won just two of their eight previous meetings with the reigning champions.
In the men's singles second round Sitthikom Thammasin was sent packing by second-seeded Shi Yuqi of China 22-20 21-9.