Eugenie Bouchard was blasted out of the Rioch Open in Holland by qualifier Elise Mertens.
The Canadian’s first encounter on grass this term was shortlived, suffering a hefty 6-2 6-0 defeat in 52 minutes.
Bouchard, seeded #7 and now perilously close to slipping out of the world’s top 50, was completely outmanoeuvred by the plucky Belgian in ‘S-Hergenbosch.
Mertens only allowed the 2014 Wimbledon runner-up a single break point opportunity throughout the one-sided encounter, to run away with an impressive victory.
And to add insult to injury to Bouchard, this was Mertens’ maiden triumph in a main draw on the WTA Tour.
Bouchard, who had lost her first matches at the same grass court tournament for the past two seasons, was expected to end that poor record.
But she failed to make any impact whatsoever, her serve wavering to allow Mertens, the world #171, to pull off some spectacular shots and claim an impressive scalp.
Following her shock Ricoh Open exit, Bouchard is scheduled to compete next week at new grass court event in Spain – the Mallorca Open – before returning to England for a shot at winning the Aegon International in Eastbourne as her final warm-up for Wimbledon.