Londoner Aaron McKibbin missed out on a quarter final place after two defeats on the opening day, while Victoria Bromley and Scott Robertson found the going tough against top opposition.
But there were victories for Sara Head and David Wetherill in the group stages and Sue Gilroy began her fourth Paralympics with a 3-0 victory over Egypt’s Fadia Ahmed in their Class 4 match.
McKibbin, 21, suffered a 3-0 defeat by Sun Churen in his opening match, admitting that the Chinese player’s spinning serve caused him particular problems.
Only two quarter-final places are on offer from each of the three-man groups in Class 8 event, and McKibbin’s fate was sealed with a 3-2 defeat to Mathieu Loicq of Belgium, in which he fought back from 2-0 down to force a fifth set but succumbed 11-9
Great Britain’s Slovenian team leader Gorazd Vecko said: “We have tried to build a team to be competitive in London but we have one of the youngest squads here and we are looking towards Rio.
“Aaron lost two matches today but he is getting experience for Rio. He’s only been playing two and a half years.”
Bayley, 24, stuttered to a 11-9 win in the first set, struggling in particular to tackle his Thai rival’s awkward backhand. The key point came at 10-6 in the second, when Vecko called a timeout, and Bayley then eased to a 11-2 win in the third.
“I was very nervous in the first set – he is an awkward style of player and put pressure on my serve and I was making mistakes,” he admitted.
“I was maybe trying to force it a bit and coach said, ‘If you calm down you will win this set, you will be 2-0 up and it will be hard to catch you’. Once I was 2-0 up I started to feel more confident.”
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