Malaysian shuttler Soong Fie Cho was unable to hide her delight after she and partner Amelia Anscelly stunned top seeds Misaki Matsutomo and Ayaka Takahashi 21-15, 12-21, 21-14 in the women's doubles at the World Championships in Jakarta on Thursday.
The victory marked Fie Cho and Anscelly's first victory over the Japanese duo, who beat them 21-13, 21-10 in their only meeting prior to the World Championships, which came at the 2014 Uber Cup.
"I am so happy right now. We have never beaten them and to do so at the World Championships is amazing," Fie Cho told The Star. "We played without much pressure and just enjoyed ourselves. This is an unexpected result. It will be tough in the last eight but we will use the same approach – just enjoy the game."
Anscelly meanwhile believes that she and Fie Cho would have struggled to win had it not been for their coaches Wong Pei Tty and Chin Eei Hui, who ironically were the last Malaysian women's doubles pair to reach the World Championships quarter-finals in 2006.
Anscelly added that she and Fie Cho will continue to ride their newfound momentum and hopes that it will lead them to World Championships glory.
"The coaches gave us the right tips. It helped a lot. Thank you very much," Anscelly said. "We are happy that like them (Pei Tty and Eei Hui), we have made it to the quarter-finals. But we do not want to stop here, we want to go further.
"It will get tougher but we hope to give another good showing."
Fie Cho and Anscelly will have a chance to progress to the last four when they face hometown heroes Nitya Krishinda Maheswari and Greysia Polii in the quarter-finals on Friday.