In women’s singles, World No.20 Sindhu went down to South Korean fourth seed Yeon Ju Bae 21-10, 12-21, 18-21 in 52 minutes at the Yoyogi National Stadium.
In the first game, Sindhu demolished the World No.11. The Indian took an 8-0 lead from where she did not look back and sealed the game in no time.
It was a neck-and-neck contest in the second game with the scores tied at 10-all. But Bae gave nothing away and found legs to take the must-win game.
Bae got off to a flier in the third (12-4). However, Sindhu clawed back to save two match points and closed the scoreline to 18-20.
A crucial smash then earned the Korean an entry into the quarter-finals round.
Mumbai’s Jayaram also lost to Malaysia’s Wei Feng Chong in straight games in the last game of the day. The Indian fell 16-21, 16-21 in 35 minutes.
Both shuttlers had reached the semi-finals of the China Masters Super Series last week.