Simona Halep did claim the title on the clay of Madrid but that just made a last-16 loss at the French Open, a tournament at which she made the final in 2014, all the more disappointing.
A maiden Grand Slam title still eludes the Romanian baseliner, who has regularly changed coaches in recent years. She is now with Australian Darren Cahill, who previously worked with Lleyton Hewitt and Andre Agassi.
That major crown seems unlikely to come on the low-bouncing grass which doesn't suit Halep's game, while her preparation has been affected by a sore Achilles which forced her out of Birmingham.
Still, she did make the semis at the All England Club two years ago so all hope is not lost, if full fitness can be achieved.