British interest in the singles draw, which by virtue of Tuesday's rain had stretched uncommonly deep into the DFS Classic, was snuffed out yesterday as Anne Keothavong and Sarah Borwell lost in straight sets.
Keothavong, the British No 1, put in a palsied display in losing her first-round encounter with Eleni Daniilidou, 6-3, 6-0, in a match that ended with a run of nine successive games for the Greek.
The Hackney-based 22-year-old was so bad she flirted with self-praise when she described her performance as 'rubbish'.
Having lost her serve in the first game she recovered to break back in the sixth for 3-3 but that was to be her last contribution to the match.
She lost the next three games and the set and then another six in a second set that lasted only 22 minutes. It was a run in which her service was broken five times and in which she won only eight points.
"How would I describe my performance? Rubbish," she snapped.
"It was not the way I wanted to play or the performance I wanted to give in a tournament like this.
"As a British player you come into these tournaments and want to do well. It is disappointing because it is not the place you want to show everybody how badly you can play."
The fact that Keothavong arrived in decent mood, having equalled her best performance on grass in her previous event in Surbiton, made things worse.
"That's what makes it even more disappointing for me. I played well last week and got some good matches under my belt," she said.
While Keothavong was downcast about the fact she didn't manufacture a chance, compatriot Borwell, who won her first Sony Ericsson WTA Tour match in Monday's clash with Melanie South, was kicking herself for wasting hers.
Having conceded the opening set 6-2 to Jamea Jackson, the British No 4 rallied well to establish a 4-1 lead in the second.
Jackson held to love for 4-2 but the big-serving Teessider built up a healthy 40-15 advantage to move to within a game of the set only to choke.
Three consecutive double faults later she was facing break point which the American converted.
Both players held their nerve to get into the tiebreak where the 26-year-old Borwell produced a 5-3 lead with a delicious drop volley.
But another double fault, her 11th of the game, handed back the advantage to Jackson who won 6-2, 7-6 and moved into a third-round match with Jelena Jankovic.
Sania Mirza continued her progress with a three-set victory over Shenay Perry, Lisa Raymond knocked out doubles specialist Sam Stosur, also in three, and Marion Bartoli beat Bethanie Mattek in another game that went the distance.
Seeds Jankovic, Francesca Schiavone and Elena Likhovtseva all eased into the last 16 although Daniilidou, playing her second match of the day, was put out by China's Na Li.