Jelena Jankovic's preparations for the Australian Open suffered a blow on Monday as she was knocked out in the first round of the Apia International Sydney.
The Serbian world number eight will now head to the season's first grand slam in Melbourne on the back of a comprehensive defeat having been beaten 6-4 6-2 by Russia's Ekaterina Makarova.
Makarova was making her first competitive singles outing in four months having missed the back end of last season with a wrist injury, but showed no signs of rustiness as she sealed victory in just over an hour.
"I got injured and didn't play anything after the US Open, so it was tough to start again against such a great player," she stated afterwards.
"The wind made things not that comfortable, but I really focused on every point because I know she's the sort of player who doesn't miss easy shots.
"But I showed my best tennis, and it works really well. I'm happy that I came through."
Wozniacki battles through
Sixth seed Caroline Wozniacki got a good win under her belt as she beat dangerous German opponent Julia Goerges, the Dane coming from a set down to secure a 3-6 6-3 6-4 success.
However, there were some big-name casualties in the first round as grand slam winners Svetlana Kuznetsova and Francesca Schiavone both crashed out.
Kuznetsova lost a tough three-set battle against America's Varvara Lepchenko 3-6 6-3 5-7, while Schiavone went down in straight sets against Lucie Safarova of Czech Republic 4-6 4-6.
Fifth seed Angelique Kerber recorded a solid 7-6 (7/5) 7-5 triumph over Slovakia's Dominika Cilbulkova, while Carla Suarez Navarro defeated Argentina's Paula Ormaechea 3-6 7-6 (7/5) 6-2 and will next face Makarova.
Elsewhere, there were wins for Estonia's Kaia Kanepi, Tsvetana Pironkova of Bulgaria and American trio Bethanie Mattek-Sands, Christina McHale and Lauren Davis.