Venus Williams bowed out of the Australian Open in the first round after a surprise loss to Johanna Konta in Melbourne.
The American seven-time grand slam champion faced a tricky test first up and it proved too much as she went down to Konta 6-4 6-2 on Rod Laver Arena.
Australia-born 24-year-old Konta had pushed Williams in a tight three-setter in Wuhan last year, but managed much better this time around.
Williams, 35, was a quarter-finalist last year and came into the 2016 edition as the eighth seed.
But she had played just one match in the lead-up, losing in Auckland, and it contributed to her undoing on Tuesday.
Konta broke serve twice in the first set before cruising to a 5-0 lead in the second, only to have to withstand a mini fightback by Williams.
Konta, who enjoyed an excellent 2015, relied heavily on her forehand, which contributed 10 of her 19 winners.
Konta bt Williams  6-4 6-2
Konta - 5
Williams - 1
Konta - 19/17
Williams - 17/20
BREAK POINTS WON
Konta - 5/8
Williams - 2/4
FIRST SERVE PERCENTAGE
Konta - 60
Williams - 63
PERCENTAGE OF POINTS WON ON FIRST/SECOND SERVE
Konta - 71/57
Williams - 52/53
Konta - 59
Williams - 45