Seventh seed Kidambi Srikanth and Saina Nehwal made winning starts in the singles competition while Chirag Shetty and Satwiksairaj Rankireddy battled past All England champions Muhammad Shohibul Fikri and Bagas Maulana in the Swiss Open here on Wednesday.
Srikanth defeated Mads Christophersen 21-16, 21-17 in the men’s singles opening round in a match lasting 32 minutes.
Parupalli Kashyap too cruised to a 21-17, 21-9 win over France’s Enogat Roy.
In an all-India contest, H S Prannoy pipped B Sai Praneeth 25-23, 21-16 in a match lasting 48 minutes.
Third seeds Shetty and Rankireddy went past Indonesia’s Fikri and Maulana 17-21, 21-11, 21-18.
In women’s singles, Ashmita Chaliha scripted a come-from-behind win over France’s LéOnice Huet, prevailing 19-21, 21-10, 21-11. London Olympics bronze medallist Saina outplayed Yaelle Hoyaux 21-8, 21-13 in her opening round fixture.
The mixed doubles duo of Ashwini Ponnappa and Sumeeth Reddy lost their first round match as did the women’s doubles combine of Treesa Jolly and Gayatri Gopichand.
Youngsters Treesa and Gayatri had fought valiantly to reach the semi-finals of All England on Saturday.
The Chinese team pulled out of the Super 300 tournament which began on Tuesday due to multiple Covid-19 cases and injuries to its players.