The giant-killing HS Prannoy is currently ranked 26 in the world.
The 19-year-old Wang Zhiyi outclassed World no. 9 Saina Nehwal in a first-round match in Auckland on Wednesday.
In the last edition at Gold Coast, Australia, India had reached the quarterfinals and have been seeded eighth in this edition.
Parupalli Kashyap suffered a 16-21, 18-21 defeat against Sun Feixiang of China.
Saina Nehwal was knocked out after losing 13-21, 23-21, 16-21 against third seed Akane Yamaguchi of Japan in her women's singles quarterfinal.
PV Sindhu, Saina Nehwal and Sameer Verma won their Round of 16 matches in straight sets.
PV Sindhu cruised through her opponent while Saina Nehwal and Sameer Verma had to work extra hard for their wins.
PV Sindhu lost in straight games to Nozomi Okuhara of Japan in the Singapore Open semifinals.
India's Saina Nehwal lost 8-21, 13-21 to Nozomi Okuhara of Japan in the Singapore Open quarterfinals.
PV Sindhu took just 39 minutes to record a 21-13, 21-19 win over the world number 22.
PV Sindhu defeated Indonesia's Lyanny Alessandra Mainaky 21-9, 21-7 in 27 minutes to sail into the second round.
India had a pretty poor run in the Malaysia Open with none of the top names being able to impress.
PV Sindhu lost the Malaysia Open second round match to Sung Ji Hyun, who had also knocked out Sindhu out from the All England Championships.
In the other matches of the day, PV Sindhu and Kidambi Srikanth registered victories in straight games, going through to the round of 16.
Age-fudging has been a big problem in Indian sports with some associations handing out bans on players found guilty.
A former world no.1 Kidambi Srikanth blew two game points in the second game to lose 7-21, 20-22 to Axelsen in the men's singles summit clash.
India Open Highlights, Kidambi Srikanth vs Viktor Axelsen: Kidambi Srikanth lost to his superior seeded opponent.
Kidambi Srikanth defeated China's Huang Yuxiang 16-21, 21-14, 21-19 to enter men's singles final in the India Open badminton tournament.