Naomi Osaka failed to solve the Yulia Putintseva puzzle, dropping her third consecutive match to the Kazakh on Monday in the opening round of Wimbledon, 7-6 , 5-2.
In the eventual tiebreak, Osaka squandered a 3-1 lead to lose her fifth straight set to Putintseva.
Osaka didnt put up much of a fight in the second set, dropping two of her service games.
Osaka has yet to regain the fine form that saw her win two consecutive Grand Slams, winning her maiden major at the 2018 US Open and consolidating it with the 2019 Australian Open.
Osaka, whose Grand Slam winning streak was snapped following her third-round loss at the French Open, was looking her third major title.