Viktor Axelsen of Denmark cruised to an easy 21-13, 21-11 win over Lu Guangzu of China ©Getty Images

World number one and Olympic champion Viktor Axelsen of Denmark started his Badminton World Federation (BWF) World Tour Finals title defence in dominant fashion as he defeated Lu Guangzu of China 21-13, 21-11.

On the other hand, the women’s defending champion An Se-young of South Korea went down to Japanese Akane Yamaguchi 18-21, 16-21 in Bangkok.

India's HS Prannoy, a Thomas Cup winner in the Thai capital this year, also suffered an opening match defeat against Japanese Kodai Naraoka 12-21, 21-9, 17-21.

Indonesian Anthony Sinisuka Ginting defeated compatriot Jonatan Christie in another three-game thriller with the former triumphing 6-21, 21-10, 21-9.

Meanwhile, world champion Loh Kean Yew of Singapore eased past Chou Tien Chen of Chinese Taipei 21-15, 21-17.

Among women, Ratchanok Intanon delivered for the hosts, beating compatriot Busanan Ongbamrungphan 21-15, 21-13.

China’s He Bing Jiao shocked the higher-ranked Tai Tzu Ying of Chinese Taipei 21-19, 21-19.

Gregoria Mariska Tunjung of Indonesia recorded the most impressive women's singles victory of the day, as she beat top qualifier Chen Yu Fei of China 21-9, 14-21, 21-6.

In the mixed doubles, the French duo Thom Gicquel and Delphine Delrue were no match for Zheng Si Wei and Huang Yi Qiong of China.

The Tokyo 2020 silver medallist cruised to a 21-8, 21-9 victory in just 25 minutes.  

Birmingham 2022 gold medallists Tan Kian Meng and Lai Pei Jing of Malaysia came out on top against Tokyo 2020 champions Wang Yi Lyu and Huang Dong Ping of China following an intense three game battle that saw the former pair win 23-21, 14-21, 21-16.

The Thai pair of Dechapol Puavaranukroh and Sapsiree Taerattanachai beat compatriots Supak Jomkoh and Supissara Paewsampran 21-6, 25-23.

Indonesia also secured victory in the mixed doubles thanks to Rinov Rivaldy and Pitha Haningtyas Mentari.

They defeated Goh Soon Huat and of Malaysia and Lai Shevon Jemie 21-12, 21-15.