Peter Nicol, the Scottish champion who beat the second-seeded Brett Martin in the Portuguese Open in March, has a probable quarter-final with the Australian again - and the winner could play the Englishman, Peter Marshall, who is seeded third.
Nicol, seeded seven, remains the most improved young player on the circuit, despite his first-round British Open defeat in April, and a semi-final meeting with Marshall, to whom he lost a magnificent British National final last season, would attract great attention.
The other British national champion, Suzanne Horner, climbs one place to No 2 in the women's world rankings, the highest place she has occupied.
England's Simon Parke bowed out of the Hong Kong Open in the quarter-finals yesterday after giving the top seed, Jansher Khan, a scare. The world No 14 kept Jansher, chasing a sixth Hong Kong title, on court for 56 minutes before going down 15-7, 15-8, 9-15, 15-7.
It had all looked straightforward for the Pakistani as he took the opening game in 16 minutes and roared 11-1 ahead in the second with some brilliant strokeplay. But, to his credit, Parke refused to concede without a fight.
The Pakistani now meets Marshall, who came through in four games against the unseeded South African, Craig Wapnick.Reuse content