Defending Wimbledon champion Maria Sharapova trained her focus on the grasscourt season after bowing out of the French Open at the quarter- final stage yesterday.
The world No 2, who yesterday confirmed her return to Birmingham next week to defend her DFS Classic title, was overwhelmed by tenth seed Justine Henin-Hardenne 6-4, 6-2 at Roland Garros as the Belgian continued her comeback from a year ravaged by injury and illness by extending her winning streak to 22 matches.
Sharapova will now focus on next week's Birmingham date before defending her title at SW19 where she enjoyed so much success 12 months ago.
The Russian said: "I don't have any pressure at all coming to Wimbledon as the defending champion.
"I have great memories there and I am very comfortable on grass. I am very excited to be going back."
Sharapova will not be entering the year's third grand slam as world No 1, a ranking which would have been possible had she performed better here.
She said: " Being the defending champion there and the world No 2 is already a great achievement for me."
Although disappointed, Sharapova was gracious in defeat, praising Henin-Hardenne, who is rapidly becoming the player to beat in the women's game.
She said: "Justine has a lot of confidence in her game, you hit the ball hard but she will return even harder.
"She made great drop-shots on important points, she is on a winning streak and of course it gives her a lot of confidence.
"She has a great game and impressive mental strength, considering what she went through last year."
Henin-Hardenne fought back from a 5-3 third-set deficit to beat Svetlana Kuznetsova on Monday and gave an even better performance 24 hours later.
She was stronger from the back of the court and also possessed greater variety with the short ball.
It was that kind of form which resulted in her arriving here with three successive tournament wins - in Charleston, Warsaw and Berlin.
Henin-Hardenne, the 2003 French Open champion, said she was playing well but that she could improve further. "I know I can do better," she said. "I think I am not far away from my level of two years ago and maybe even better."
Henin-Hardenne will next face seventh seed Nadia Petrova, of Russia, who ousted Serbia & Montenegro's Ana Ivanovic 6-2, 6-2 to progress to the semi-finals for the second time.
Petrova's compatriot, Elena Likhovtseva, is also through to the last four following a 2-6, 6-4, 6-4 success against 15-year-old Bulgarian, Sesil Karatantcheva, the conqueror of Venus Williams.
Likhovtseva will play Mary Pierce who rolled back the years with a fine effort to upset top seed Lindsay Davenport and reach the semifinals for the first time since 2000 when she won the event.
The Montreal-born Pierce, who has French nationality, beat Davenport 6-3, 6-2 on the Philippe Chatrier Court.
Davenport was not at her best but she was under pressure throughout with Pierce hitting 28 winners. However, the American was able to retain her world No 1 ranking, thanks to Sharapova's exit.
The 28-year-old Davenport, who before coming to Paris spent a month away from the circuit that included a holiday in Mexico, said: "I'm surprised I was able to hold on to it considering I didn't play at all in Europe except here."