Lee Chong Wei continued to be plagued by poor form after crashing out in the first round of the French Open last night.

The Malaysia No.1 shuttler was defeated by Kenta Nishimoto of Japan in straight sets 14-21, 15-21 in 37 minutes.

The 35-year-old seemingly regained his top form after finishing as the runner-up in the Japan Open last month, but the latest setback was his second early exit in a week after losing in the Denmark Open second round to Indian shuttler H.S. Prannoy.

Several Malaysian representatives also headed to the exit door early, namely Soniia Cheah, Vivian Hoo-Woon Khe Wei, Goh Sze Fei-Nur Izzuddin, Soong Fie Cho-Tee Jing Yi, and Tan Boon Heong, who partnered with Indonesia's Hendra Setiawan.

The only Malaysian shuttlers to make it to the second round were mixed pair Tan Kian Meng-Lai Pei Jing and the new partnerships of Goh V Shem-Teo Ee Yi and Ong Yew Sin-Tan Wee Kiong.