Defending champion Rachel Arnold and wildcard entrant Aifa Azman have stormed into the quarter-finals of the women’s competition at the Malaysian Open squash championships.
Also through to the last eight is Ng Eain Yow in the men’s competition.
Aifa continued her impressive run in the tournament, defeating No.3 seed Yathreb Adel to reach the quarter finals. The 19-year-old battled back from 2-1 down to defeat the Egyptian in 47 minutes.
Aifa, who has won three of her previous four events, will now face another surprise winner, Hana Ramadan.
Ramadan, who recently won the Egyptian Challenger Tour 4 event, has carried her good form into this event. She beat World No.18 Emily Whitlock 3-0 in 27 minutes to advance to the next round.
Malaysian No.1 Rachel is through to the quarter finals after she claimed a surprise win against No.7 seed Donna Lobban. Arnold only needed 25 minutes to defeat the higher seeded Australian. Arnold has set up a clash with the tournaments No.1 seed Salma Hany from Egypt.
World No. 8 Hany, was tested in her first match of the event. The No.1 seed was pushed in all three games against Hong Kong’s Ka Yi Lee. Hany come out on top 3-0, 14-12, 11-9, 12-10 in 43 minutes to advance.
There were two upsets in the men’s second round draw.
Hong Kong’s Yip Tsz Fung Yip claimed an impressive victory over No.4 seed Youssef Soliman. Yip defeated the World No. 17 3-2 in 68 minutes. Tsz Fubg now faces rising star Victor Crouin from France for a spot in the semi-finals.
Crouin defeated talented Indian Ramit Tandon in a 44 minute 3-1. Crouin is another player coming into this event after a recent victory. The young Frenchman won the HSC Open in impressive style last month and will be looking to repeat that success this week.
Shahjahan Khan from USA claimed the other seeding upset of the round, defeating No.7 seed Karim El Hammamy from Egypt. It was a lengthy affair between the two, with Khan recovering from losing the first game 11-6 to win the next three games 11-8, 12-10, 11-6 and take the 77 minute match and advance to the quarter finals.
Khan has the tough task of facing No.1 seed Miguel Rodriguez In the quarter finals. Rodriguez was pushed all the way in his second round match, as he narrowly beat Japan’s Ryosei Kobayashi 3-2. The ‘Colombian Cannonball’ twice trailed against his younger opponent before managing to hold his nerve in the fifth game and winning 12-10 to keep his title pursuit alive.
In the battle between the top two Malaysians, Ng Eain Yow prevailed with a 11-6, 9-11, 11-6, 11-1 win over Ivan Yuen.
Men’s second round:  Miguel Rodriguez (COL) bt Ryosei Kobayashi (JPN) 3-2: 5-11, 11-5, 11-13, 11-3, 12-10 (79m); Shahjahan Khan (USA) bt  Karim El Hammamy (EGY) 3-1: 6-11, 11-8, 12-10, 11-6 (77m);  Nicolas Mueller (SUI) bt Tayyab Aslam (PAK) 3-0: 11-7, 11-7, 11-7 (36m);  Ng Eain Yow (MAS) bt Ivan Yuen (MAS) 3-1: 11-6, 9-11, 11-6, 11-1 (53m); Yip Tsz Fung (HKG) bt  Youssef Soliman (EGY) 3-2: 11-8, 9-11, 11-5, 8-11, 11-9 (68m);  Victor Crouin (FRA) bt Ramit Tandon (IND) 3-1: 11-8, 11-8, 1-11, 11-8 (44m);  Lucas Serme (FRA) bt Bernat Jaume (ESP) 3-0: 11-6, 11-3, 11-1 (29m);  Saurav Ghosal (IND) bt Mazen Gamal (EGY) 3-0: 11-4, 11-4, 11-7 (34m)
Women’s Second round:  Salma Hany (EGY) bt Lee Ka Yi (HKG) 3-0: 14-12, 11-9, 12-10 (43m); Rachel Arnold (MAS) bt  Donna Lobban (AUS) 3-0: 11-9, 12-10, 11-4 (25m); Ho Tze Lok (HKG) bt Farida Mohamed (EGY) 3-1: 9-11, 11-9, 11-5, 11-9 (56m); 4] Hollie Naughton (CAN) bt Menna Hamed (EGY) 3-0: 11-5, 12-10, 11-8 (30m); [WC] Aifa Azman (MAS) bt  Yathreb Adel (EGY) 3-2: 11-3, 9-11, 8-11, 11-4, 11-7 (47m); Hana Ramadan (EGY) bt  Emily Whitlock (WAL) 3-0: 11-7, 11-0, 11-7 (26m);  Danielle Letourneau (CAN) v Anna Serme (CZE) 3-0: 11-7, 11-3, 11-8 (27m);  Nadine Shahin (EGY) bt Nada Abbas (EGY) 3-2: 11-9, 14-12, 8-11, 11-8, 11-4 (55m)
Men’s quarter finals;  Miguel Rodriguez (COL) v Shahjahan Khan (USA);  Nicolas Mueller (SUI) v  Ng Eain Yow (MAS); Tsz Fung Yip (HKG) v  Victor Crouin (FRA);  Lucas Serme (FRA) v  Saurav Ghosal (IND)
Women’s quarter finals:  Salma Hany (EGY) v Rachel Arnold (MAS); Tze Lok Ho (HKG) v  Hollie Naughton (CAN); [WC] Aifa Azman (MAS) v Hana Ramadan (EGY);  Danielle Letourneau (CAN) v  Nadine Shahin (EGY)