PV Sindhu, who had skipped the BWF World Championships and Japan Open due to injury, remained static on sixth in the women's list.
India also registered twin wins in women's and mixed doubles competition on the opening day which saw B Sai Praneeth bow out.
Two-time Olympic medallist PV Sindhu suffered mid-game scare before beating Chinese He Bing Jiao 21-13, 17-21, 21-15 in the first round of Malaysia Masters.
However, last edition's runner-up Kidambi Srikanth crashed out after a straight-game defeat to world number 32 Zhao Jun Peng.
The women’s doubles pair of Ashwini Ponnappa and N Sikki Reddy progressed to the second round while the mixed doubles pair of Tanisha Crasto and Ishaan Bhatnagar also won.
While B Sai Praneeth went down to world number six Anthony Sinisuka Ginting, Sameer Verma lost to world number 8 Jonatan Christie.
Lakshya Sen, Commonwealth Games 2022 champion, won his second-round match 21-17, 21-10 in 72 minutes. He will next face either compatriot HS Prannoy or Japan’s Kento Momota.
India’s men’s doubles pair of Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty lost to Indonesian Pramudya Kusumawardana and Yeremia Erich Yoche Yacob Rambitan.