Angelique Kerber, the world no9, needed a 49 minute final set to dismiss the challenge of Russian Elena Vesnina in their 1st Round clash.
Although the German lost the opening set, her spirited display saw her then wrap up the second set without dropping a game before a cat and mouse, nervy finale to triumph 3-6 6-0 7-5 in 107 minutes.
Left-hander Kerber, who hit the big time with an impressive run to the 2011 US Open semi-finals, has emerged as a potential Grand Slam champion despite a dire record at majors.
And her appearance at Eastbourne could be the start of the 24-year-old rising through the ranks to become a top five player.
Already Kerber has claimed WTA Tour titles this season – her first on the circuit – by seeing off two big guns in front of their home fans. Marion Bartoli was her victim at Paris in February followed by the scalp of Caroline Wozniacki in April at Copenhagen.
So Kerber is not afraid of upsetting both the opposition and their local supporters, this no nonsense attitude looks to hold the key to a long and successful future for her on the WTA Tour – maybe with Eastbourne’s AEGON International as her third ever career title on the senior circuit.