Johanna Konta, the Eastbourne-based British #1, was dismantled on the red clay at Roland Garros by German Julia Goerges.
The Australian Open semi-finalist put up a feeble display to falter in straight sets 6-2 6-3.
Konta kick-started her career with a sensational showing at Eastbourne’s 2015 AEGON International, and soared to the 4th Round of the US Open.
She followed it up with a shock semi-final berth at this year’s Australian Open to establish herself as the British #1.
But she admitted that she was now being targeted to be gunned down by players, just as she had tried in previous seasons to overcome leading players on the WTA Tour.
And sure enough the guile of Goerges proved too hot to handle for Konta, whose meteoric rise within less than 12 months could all come crashing down.
Konta explained: “More players know more about who I am and have seen more of how I play.
“In some situations I’m now the hunted rather than the hunter, but that’s just exciting. I have no fear of that. I look forward to the challenge.”
“I didn’t find my footing quick enough and I was a little bit like Bambi, but we were both playing on the same court!”
The challenge at Roland Garros was too much, and with the all too brief grass court season almost upon the players then Konta has to find ways to improve if she is serious about cracking the world’s top 20.
It was a deja vu for Konta, the #20 seed, to fall in the 1st Round of the French Open for a second season.
She battled her way out of Qualifying in Paris last year, as world #143, only to taste defeat to Czech Denisa Allertova.
And at a career-high ranking position of #21, and straight into the main draw for the first time, all eyes were on Konta at Roland Garros.
However, she was a French flop against Goerges, failing to find her rhythm like she had at the previous Grand Slam tournaments.
The German overpowered Konta, thumping 30 winners compared to her opponent’s four – and the rest of the statistics told the sorry tale of the Brit.