World number two Naomi Osaka’s hopes of a third Grand Slam title were shredded on Centre Court as she was dumped out of Wimbledon in the first round.
The Japanese lost 6(4)-7 2-6 to Kazakhstan’s Yulia Putintseva on Monday.
Osaka failed to find her range on the slick lawns of the All England Club, tumbling out amid a flurry of unforced errors.
She had nervelessly battered her way to Grand Slam success at the U.S. and Australian Open.
Putintseva was far from an unknown quantity for Osaka, having recently knocked her out in Birmingham.
She again proved a resolute obstacle for the Japanese, fighting back after an early break to take the first set on a tiebreak.
The Kazakh broke the Japanese second seed twice in a dominant second set, wrapping up victory in an hour and 36 minutes when her opponent sliced a backhand into the net.