Belinda Bencic gained revenge for her French Open thrashing by downing Madison Keys 6-2 6-2 on the Centre Court.
The Swiss teenager had no answer on the Paris clay courts against Keys, winning just three games in last month’s French Open, but was a different prospect on grass.
Last year Bencic appeared at Eastbourne all hyped up as the next big thing, only to fall by wayside and Keys to gain the plaudits by capturing her maiden WTA Tour title.
But this season Bencic has lived up to her billing, guided and coached by the mother of legendary compatriot Martina Hingis.
She warmed up for Eastbourne with some remarkable results on grass and looked very much at home on the surface by destroying the American.
Having been embarrassed by their first ever meeting, the Swiss star switched onto cruise control to steam past Keys.
The American, absent from last week’s Aegon Classic in Birmingham because of illness, should have got a doctor’s note because her overall play really was that bad!
The defending champion, who looked very average on the practice courts despite being coached by former world #1 Lindsay Davenport, was broken on the third and seventh games so saw out the set with a pitiful performance.
Bencic’s confidence was soaring after such a comfortable set, but Keys played percentage tennis to stutter along to 2-2 before being outplayed.
There was no turning back for Keys, Bencic ripping into her opponent with a polished display that shows she has arrived on the tennis scene and should easily climb into the top five in the not top distant future.
Bencic, who only lost 10 points in eight service games, never faced a break point in the match to leave Keys bewildered.
Keys made an excuse for losing in under an hour by claiming: “It’s always tough playing your first match of the year on grass, but Belinda has played a ton of matches on grass and feels comfortable.”