Ana Ivanovic loses to world 135, Eugenie Bouchard misery continues
Ana Ivanovic double-faulted on match point as her title defence at the Aegon Classic in Birmingham ended in limp fashion.
The Serbian second seed – a semi-finalist at the French Open earlier in June – lost 6-4 3-6 7-6(6) to world number 135 Michelle Larcher De Brito in the second round.
De Brito's reward is a third round meeting with Slovakia's Daniela Hantuchova.
Eugenie Bouchard’s miserable season continued with a 6-3 4-6 6-0 reversal to France’s Kristina Mladenovic.
The Canadian fifth seed arrived in England with a torrid record – nine defeats from her last 10 matches – and her woes only deepened with a final set mauling from the world number 43.
Canada's Eugenie Bouchard in action during the second roundReuters
Mladenovic will contest a quarter-final spot with Czech Republic’s Barbora Strycova.
Victoria Azarenka’s tournament came to an abrupt end after she withdrew before her match with Kazakhstan’s Zarina Diyas citing a foot injury.
"It's very disappointing for me to make this decision but I tried to practice and it just doesn't feel 100 per cent," Azarenka, who missed five months in 2014 with a foot problem, said in a statement.
"I don't think it's the best time for me to take a risk right now, especially right before Wimbledon and I need to make sure I have the best preparation possible."
Results from the Birmingham Classic Women's Singles Round 2 matches on Wednesday
Zarina Diyas (Kazakhstan) beat 12-Victoria Azarenka (Belarus) walkover
13-Svetlana Kuznetsova (Russia) beat Aleksandra Krunic (Serbia) 6-2 6-1
Daniela Hantuchova (Slovakia) beat Marina Erakovic (New Zealand) 7-6(6) 6-4
Kristina Mladenovic (France) beat 5-Eugenie Bouchard (Canada) 6-3 4-6 6-0
3-Carla Suarez Navarro (Spain) beat Timea Babos (Hungary) 6-2 3-6 6-4
10-Barbora Strycova (Czech Republic) beat Lucie Hradecka (Czech Republic) 6-3 6-4
Michelle Larcher de Brito (Portugal) beat 2-Ana Ivanovic (Serbia) 6-4 3-6 7-6(6)
Christina McHale (U.S.) beat Misaki Doi (Japan) 6-3 6-4
15-Jelena Jankovic (Serbia) beat Casey Dellacqua (Australia) 7-6(11) 6-3
Magdalena Rybarikova (Slovakia) beat Anna Karolina Schmiedlova (Slovakia) 7-6(0) 6-1
Klara Koukalova (Czech Republic) beat 16-Caroline Garcia (France) 6-3 6-0