Top seed Xu Xin of China beat Japan's Mizuki Oikawa in five games today to book his place in the quarter-finals of the men's singles event at the International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) German Open in Magdeburg.
Xu triumphed 11-3, 9-11, 11-5, 11-6, 11-7 on day four of the ITTF World Tour Platinum event at GETEC Arena.
Next up for the 30-year-old is set to be fellow Chinese Zhao Zihao, who defeated Germany’s Benedikt Duda in a seven-game thriller, 7-11, 9-11, 11-6, 11-5, 10-12, 11-8, 11-8.
Another Chinese player through to the last eight is second seed and defending champion Fan Zhendong after he overcame Germany’s Timo Boll 11-9, 11-7, 8-11, 11-9, 4-11, 11-9.
Standing between him and a place in the semi-finals is Germany’s Dimitrij Ovtcharov, an 8-11, 14-12, 16-18, 11-9, 3-11, 11-6, 12-10 winner over Chinese Taipei’s Chuang Chih-Yuan.
Also advancing to the quarter-finals are third seed Ma Long and fourth seed Lin Gaoyuan, both of whom are from China.
Ma came from behind to beat compatriot Xu Chenhao 7-11, 11-9, 11-9, 11-5, 11-5 and is now due to face South Korea’s Cho Seungmin, who defeated France’s Simon Gauzy 14-12, 11-9, 6-11, 11-6, 11-5.
Lin, meanwhile, overcame Japan’s Koki Niwa 11-7, 9-11, 7-11, 11-5, 10-12, 18-16, 11-8, setting up a clash with Japan’s Jun Mizutani who fought back from three games down to claim a 10-12, 6-11, 9-11, 11-5, 11-8, 11-7, 12-10 victory over sixth-seeded Taiwanese Lin Yun-Ju.
In the women's singles event, the top seven seeds are all through to the quarter-finals.
Top seed Chen Meng, the world number one, beat fellow Chinese player Qian Tianyi 11-6, 10-12, 11-9, 11-4, 11-8 in the round of 16.
Awaiting her in the last eight is unseeded compatriot Wang Yidi, who defeated 13th seed He Zhuojia of China 12-10, 11-5, 11-6, 11-5 in the only surprise result of the day.
Second seed Sun Yingsha, the defending champion, has also set up an all-Chinese clash, with Wang Manyu, after she overcame Japan's Kasumi Ishikawa 11-5, 11-3, 14-12, 12-10.
Wang also saw off Japanese opposition, in the shape of Saki Shibata, with a 10-12, 11-7, 7-11, 11-8, 11-5, 11-8 win.
Action in Magdeburg is due to continue tomorrow.
The quarter-finals in both the men's and women's singles events are scheduled to take place.
The semi-finals and finals are set to be held on Sunday (February 2).