British number one Anne Keothavong failed to emulate Heather Watson as she crashed out of Wimbledon in the second round to French Open finalist Sara Errani.
Watson became the first British woman in 10 years to reach the third round on Wednesday when she beat Jamie Hampton, and she could yet overtake Keothavong in the rankings if she upsets third seed Agnieszka Radwanska on Friday.
Errani is having by far the best season of her career but is much more at home on clay than grass, and there was some optimism Keothavong might be able to push her.
However, the 28-year-old began very nervously, with a second serve in the opening game that was closer to the baseline than the service line, and she did not get on the scoreboard until the fifth game.
Errani was playing well, keeping the ball close to the lines and troubling Keothavong with her use of the drop shot - one of the keys to her French Open success.