The Indian challenge came to an end at the Korea Masters as Parupalli Kashyap and Sourabh Verma lost their respective matches in the first round on Wednesday.
Despite putting up a strong fight in the first two games, Kashyap, the 2014 Commonwealth Games champion, lost 17-21, 21-13, 21-8 to South Korea's Lee Dong Kuen in a match that lasted 79 minutes.
After losing the first game, Kashyap staged a comeback in second and won it comfortably. But the higher-ranked Korean surged ahead in the third set, winning it 21-8.
Sourabh's match was very similar to his compatriot's. Sourabh, who clinched the Dutch Open title this year, lost the first game but was dominant against his lower-ranked Finnish opponent, Eetu Heino, in the second. The decider was much closer than in Kashyap's match, but Heino edged Sourabh 21-13, 12-21, 21-18 in 50 minutes.
In the Premier Badminton League that begins on December 12, Kashyap is set to play for Chennai Smashers, while Sourabh will represent Ahmedabad Smash Masters.