Anscelly-Cho into Swiss quarters

Reigning Indian Masters champions Amelia Alicia Anscelly and Soong Fie Co advanced to the quarter-finals of the Swiss Open on Thursday after a hard-fought victory over Johanna Goliszewski and Carla Nelta.

Anscelly-Cho claimed a 21-16, 18-21, 21-16 win over the German pair.

They led the first set from the off but the second salvo was a fair more even contest before the German duo won three consecutive points with the score on 18-all.

The third set was another difficult one for the Masters champions with the scores tied throughout until the interval. After the break, though they showed their class to seal the victory.

The men's doubles pair of Goh V Shem and Tan Wee Kiong needed all their resiliency to beat English pair Matthew Nottingham-Harley Towler.

The Malaysian pair, who lost in the second round of the All England Championship last week, dominated the first set 21-17 before finding themselves 13-18 down in the second.

However, at that critical moment, they showed why they are so highly regarded and came back to win the second set 22-20.

Chan Pengh Soon and Goh Liu Ying were playing in their first event together in nearly a year after the latter spent some time on the sidelines with a knee injury, but their hopes of winning in Basel were dashed when fourth seeds Riky Widianto-Puspita Richi Dili beat them 21-17, 21-19 in a match that lasted 39 minutes.

Former world junior champion Zulfadi Zulkiffli battled womanfully in his third round encounter against Indonesia's Christie Janatan, before eventually going down 16-21, 21-18, 21-13.