World championship bronze-medallist, Sindhu played her heart out before losing 19-21, 20-22 to Japan’s Eriko Hirose in 50 minutes. In the men’s singles, Kashyap reached the second round after his opponent Daren Liew of Malaysia retired midway at 11-4.
Ajay Jayaram beat eight seed Boonsak Ponsana of Thailand 21-11, 21-14, while RMV Gurusaidutt notched up a 21-17, 21-14 victory over Hong Kong’s Yun Hu in other men’s singles opening round matches. However, women’s singles player Arundhati Pantawane bowed out of the first round after suffering a 17-21, 15-21 loss to top seed Xuerui Li of China. The men’s doubles pair of Manu Attri and Sumeeth Reddy B lost 14-21 14-21 to German combo of Michael Fuchs and Johannes Schoettler in 29 minutes.