Indian shuttlers competing in the qualifying round of the Malaysian Super Series suffered contrasting defeats in Kuala Lumpur on Tuesday.
16-year-old prodigy P V Sindhu, who won three senior level titles in 2011 to jump to No 31 in the world rankings, played her heart out before losing 21-17, 16-21, 18-21 to Lydia Li Ya Cheah in the women's singles qualifiers.
RMV Gurusaidutt, too, fought hard but was beaten by Daren Liew 16-21, 21-13, 23-25 in the men's singles.
Anand Pawar also failed to cross the qualifying hurdle, losing 20-22, 18-21 to Mohamad Arif Abdul Latif in another men's singles match.
Saina Nehwal begins her campaign in the women's singles on Wednesday.