As a product of the same Nick Bollettieri tennis academy and fellow finalist at Edgbaston last year it is inevitable, and perhaps somewhat harsh, that Tatiana Golovin is compared to reigning DFS Classic and Wimbledon champion Maria Sharapova.
To a certain extent they look, sound and play tennis in a similar way. They even share a common dedication to fashion, but, at 17, the French teenager is a year younger than the World No 2 and is blazing a trail of her own.
It has to be said though it didn't look a particularly hot one yesterday as she struggled to quell the challenge of South Africa's Natalie Grandin, losing her serve three times in the second set and taking virtually an hour-anda-half to subdue a player ranked outside the world's top 200.
The score was 6-4, 7-5 but it was far from vintage Golovin. She struggled with her footing, looked uncomfortable at the net - 'twas ever thus was it not? - and was made to scurry around from corner to corner as though it was she and not her opponent who was the unfancied outsider.
Nevertheless she came through relatively unscathed and with more than a little hint of relief she admitted that she had been severely tested at times.
"I saw her play yesterday and thought she was a really good player who knew how to play on grass," Golovin said. "She is a leftie so it was a little bit harder and I was expecting a tough match."
The examination could have been even more stern had Grandin not missed makeable balls at crucial moments, never more so in the penultimate game when she too was broken, without so much as a whimper.
That game was typical of a second set containing five lost services and one in which neither player seemed capable of stamping their authority on proceedings.
"It was really weird in the second set with all those breaks, she made some unforced errors on important points so I was a little lucky there," said Golovin.
"But I am happy just to get through it. It's nice to get back. Your first day on grass is always a little bit different coming from clay; you have to change your state of mind. What is important is for me to get my game to a higher level and focus on that, more than the results. "My game completely changes from clay to grass so hopefully my game will rise as the tournament goes on and when I get to Wimbledon."
The 2005 model looks a more fearsome physical prospect than last year's. She is more muscular and hits the ball harder than 12 months ago, though not, she says, through any particular training regimen.
It's a simple aging process that sees her ranking and her stock continue to rise. She is currently 19 in the world, but is aiming much higher.
"My main goal is to get into the top ten and win Slams. In order for me to do that I have to get my game together," Golovin said. "The girls there are all stronger and better all round. I really need to prove on my strength mentally.
"My game is pretty much set already. My serve and everything else could get a little bit better but I think the main thing is getting into that mindset where I make less mistakes and play those crucial points by dealing well with the pressure.
"That is just a question of experience, being focused out there and concentrating on my own game without getting distracted."
To help her achieve that she is working with Andre Agassi's former coach and allround tennis guru, Brad Gilbert. The American watches her progress around the world from his homeland and turns up at Grand Slam events to give her a bit of inside information.
"He is a great motivator," Golovin said. "That is why I like to him around in the Slams because he has so much experience and always knows everybody that I am going to play so he tells me things that no other coach could."