Kenta Kazuno and Ayane Kurihara knocked-out seeded opponents from China on the opening day of the BWF French Open ©Getty Images

Indian Open champions Lu Kai and Huang Yaqiong of China were among seeded pairs to fall in the first round of mixed doubles competition at the Badminton World Federation (BWF) French Open at the Stade Pierre de Coubertin in Paris.

The sixth seeds were unable to recover from a poor start against Japanese pairing Kenta Kazuno and Ayane Kurinara.

They were eventually defeated 21-14, 21-17.

British fifth seeds Chris and Gabrielle Adcock also lost.

The husband and wife duo were beaten 21-18, 21-16 by Yoo Yeonseong and Chang Yena of South Korea.

South Korean top seeds Ko Sung Hyun and Kim Hana also progressed, but only just.

Top seeds Ko Sung Hyun and Kim Hana were among other first round winners ©BWF
Top seeds Ko Sung Hyun and Kim Hana were among other first round winners ©BWF

The 2014 world champions were pushed to a third set before triumphing 22-20, 19-21, 21-15 over Hong Kong's Lee Chun Hei and Chau Hoi Wah in an encounter lasting 50 minutes.

Dechamol Puavaranuk and Sepsiree Taerattana of Thailand were among the day's other winners, prevailing 21-11, 21-13 against Amanda Hogstrom and Nico Ruponen of Sweden.

Indonesian duo Ronald Alexander and Melati Dae Oktavianti also progressed with a 21-19, 21-12 victory over Swiss-French combination Sabrina Jaquet and Baptise Careme.

Mixed doubles was the only event in which the seeds entered the fray today as qualification rounds took place in the other four competitions.

Men's and women's singles Olympic champions Chen Long of China and Carolina Marin of Spain are the only two medallists from the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro who will not take part in a high-quality Super Series event.

All of the other 14 Olympic medallists are set to battle it out for further international honours.