England's top duo, Nathan Robertson and Anthony Clark, went out in round two of the men's doubles at the All England Open Championships in Birmingham.
The veteran pair lost 21-14 21-11 to seventh seeds Zhendong Guo and Chen Xu of China.
Clark and Heather Olver later became the first Brits into the quarter-finals with victory in the mixed doubles.
But England's interest in the men's singles ended with defeats for both Andrew Smith and Rajiv Ouseph.
Smith pushed fourth seed Taufik Hidayat of Indonesia before going out 21-18 21-14, while Ouseph, the British number one, lost 23-21 21-8 to third seed Chen Jin China.
Jenny Wallwork and Gabby White were beaten 21-23 21-9 21-8 by sixth seeds Miyuki Maeda and Satoko Suetsuna of Japan in the women's doubles.