British No 2 Amanda Janes lasted little more than an hour as she lost to Nathalie Dechy in the first round of the Hastings Direct International.
It may have been her last appearance at the pre-Wimbledon warm- up as Janes, the daughter of Sixties player Christine Truman, will assess her future in the game after her wedding next month.
The left-hander was beaten 6-1, 6-1 in the £500,000 event by a player ranked 204 places above her and never looked to have the chance of justifying her wild-card entry along with British No 1, 21-year-old Elena Baltacha.
She had a break-point opportunity in both sets but could not get closer than that to the efficient Frenchwoman to leave Baltacha, who faces 1994 Wimbledon champion Conchita Martinez today, as the only home hope in the tournament.
Janes, who ploughed through three rounds of qualifying and into the main draw at Eastbourne two years ago, said it was a bad day at the office against Dechy.
She said: "I've played well here in the past but this was just frustrating.
"I've done everything I can to get my ranking down and I'm annoyed I've wasted a wild card. I should have made more of it.
"I never seemed to able to loosen up and she (Dechy) never gave me a thing. I can't blame the windy conditions. I've known them a lot stronger.
"But I try to convince myself I still enjoy the game and the life. It is difficult to raise your level, though. I am not making any decisions on my future yet until I've played the whole grasscourt season - which is of course just a few weeks.
"But I'm getting married on July 16 and changing my name. Dominic, my husbandtobe, will continue to be supportive. He enjoys tennis and I'd like to carry on doing something I enjoy but I need to think about it."
Janes lost a chunk of her sporting career when she went to university eight years ago and was out injured for a spell after last year's Wimbledon.
The 27-year-old will compete at Wimbledon and in a £25,000 Challenger event but, ranked at 222, she is more than 101 places below Baltacha in the world rankings and it is looking likely that the Kiev-born big-server will soon have to carry the flag virtually alone.
Four British players, Jane O'Donoghue, Anne Keothavong, Katie O'Brien and Rebecca Llewellyn missed out in the first qualifying round on Saturday.
Fifth seeded Russian Vera Zvonerava had a comfortable 6-3, 6-2 victory over Nicole Vaidisova, of the Czech Republic.