Last Updated: 27/06/19 11:01am
Johanna Konta suffered a setback in her preparations for Wimbledon as she lost in straight sets 6-3 6-2 to Tunisia’s Ons Jabeur in the third round at Eastbourne.
The British No 1 will now enter Wimbledon having played only five grass-court matches, after also being eliminated at the second-round stage in Birmingham last week.
She led by a break in the first set before eventually succumbing to defeat and missed out on a quarter-final clash against Alize Cornet at her home tournament.
Konta made a promising start against Jabeur, the world No 62, and moved 3-2 ahead but her opponent immediately broke back and seized the momentum to largely ease to victory.
The British No 1 came into the grass-court season having produced the best clay-court campaign of her career, reaching two WTA finals and the semi-final at Roland Garros.
Konta is seeded 19th at Wimbledon and now heads into the Grand Slam off a platform of less competitive match time on grass than in previous years.
The draw for the 2019 Championships will take place on Friday at 10am at The All England Club.