Top seeds Tzu Wei Wang and Ratchanok Intanon advanced to the third and seconds rounds respectively of the SKYCITY New Zealand Open on Wednesday.
Wang, the top men's seed, survived a tough second game to defeat Pratul Joshi of India 21-12, 24-22 on the courts of the North Shore Events Centre in Auckland.
Elsewhere in the men's draw, fourth seed Prannoy H.S battled past Firman Abdul Kholik 23-12, 21-18 and sixth seed Hsu Jen Hao beat Malaysia's Lee Zii Jia 21-18, 19-21, 21-16 in a thrilling affair.
In the women's draw, top seed Intanon of Thailand defeated Jesica Muljati 21-17, 21-13 while second seed Fitriani Fitriani eased past local hopeful Tiffany Ho 21-4, 21-14
There was an upset when Chinese Taipei's Pai Yu Po came back from a game down to defeat Yong Ying Lee 17-21, 21-13, 23-21.