Commonwealth Games champion Kashyap, who turned 29 on Tuesday, was handed a win by Takuma Ueda after the Japanese shuttler retired midway at 3-2 in the opening game at the Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium.

Two-time bronze medallist at World Championship, Sindhu failed to break the defence of Minatsu Mitani as her fight ended with a 13-21 21-17 11-21 loss to the Japanese shuttler in women’s singles competition.

Dutch Open winner Ajay also faltered at the first round, going down 10-21 10-21 to Denmark seventh seed Viktor Axelsen in another men’s singles match.

Glasgow Commonwealth Games silver medallists, Jwala and Ashwini played out of their skin before going down 20-22 21-18 13-21 to eighth seeds Zhao Yunlei and Zhong Qianxin of China in a 54-minute match.

Another women’s doubles pair of Pradnya Gadre and N Sikki Reddy also made an early exit as they lost 6-21 17-21 to top seeds Misaki Matsutomo and Ayaka Takahashi of Japan.

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