Lam, a quarterfinalist earlier this year at the India Open, has since then failed to progress past the second round of 10 tournaments. After a close first game loss to the Malaysian, the USA left-hander fought back to take the match 18-21 21-15 21-15. She next takes on home hope Hsu Wen Chi, while in the top quarter, home favourite Tai Tzu Ying faces compatriot Pai Yu Po.
In men’s singles, Singapore Open runner-up Kodai Naraoka overcame a stiff test from India’s Mithun Manjunath, 22-24 21-5 21-17, and will next face seventh seed Khosit Phetpradab. Malaysia’s Soong Joo Ven stopped seventh seed Koki Watanabe 21-6 25-23.
♦ Local stars and men’s doubles third seeds Lu Ching Yao/Yang Po Han fell rather tamely to Malaysian duo Boon Xin Yuan/Wong Tien Ci 21-16 21-11.
♦ Mixed doubles third seeds Lee Jhe-Huei/Hsu Ya Ching too fell to Malaysian opponents, losing a thriller to Hoo Pang Ron/Toh Ee Wei 21-23 23-21 21-14.
♦ India’s Tanisha Crasto made two quarterfinals, with Ishaan Bhatnagar in mixed doubles and Shruti Mishra in women’s doubles.