Will another specialist and higher ranked mixed doubles pair fall to the (relatively) new kids on the block? World #11 Goh LiU Ying / Chan Peng Soon of Malaysia were every inch their pedigree in tackling China's Tang Jinhua / Liu Yuchen.
Chan didn't initiate any dogfights, thus no need to overhit in the strength department which left him with sufficient energy to see the whole court and probe for gaps in his opponent's partnership or their strokes.
Goh demonstrated her experience by anticipating early what the Chinese replies would be. She lifted over Liu's head while and he moved forward to secure the first game point. The Malaysian pair have put themselves in contention for this Australian title as the most experience players left in their discipline. Going all the way would make it a second Superseries win for them since the 2012 Japan Open.
In men's singles, Heo Kwang began very at ease opening against India's Srikanth Kidambi. The Korean smashed with much authority. But in overcoming a slow start, Kidambi presented Heo with the same problems from the day before. The Korean is raw at handling difficult situations and India took advantage to book their first of a possible two semi-finalists. 21-18, 21-17.
The not superstitious Dane who's had terribly difficult and heartbreaking first rounds in Sydney twice previous, Hans-Kristian Vittinghus, also checked into the semi-finals club by beating Japan's Sho Sasaki in straight games.
"The lights are a bit bright but otherwise the hall is perfect. I like the halls where the shuttles fly slower and there's an intimate atmosphere."