Heather Watson’s run at Devonshire Park ended with a finishing class from Belarussian rising star Victoria Azarenka, crashing 6-1 6-1 in 59 minutes.
The Guersney 18-year-old had breezed through three qualifying rounds to set up a 2nd Round clash against the world no15, only to be outplayed from the start.
Azarenka, who seems destined to be a regular top 10 ace, dominated play on Centre Court in a one-sided affair.
Watson, who secured a wildcard for Wimbledon on the strength of her qualifying results at Eastbourne, had impressed in her opening round contest to stun Canada’s world no48 Aleksandra Wozniak but ran out of steam against the talented Azarenka.
Regular visitor Kim Clijsters raced into the quarter-finals on her first event on grass for four seasons by destroying Czech Republic’s Lucie Safarova 6-1, 6-0.
In the battle of Eastbourne favourites it was Australian Sam Stosur, fresh from her 2010 French Open final, who took the honours against Slovakian Daniela Hantuchova to register a 6-3 3-6 6-4 success.