Casey Dellacqua was handed an unwelcomed reality check from top seed Yanina Wickmayer in the second round of the Hobart International.
On the comeback trail after two injury-ruined seasons, the Australian crashed 6-1, 6-1 to the Belgian world number 29 in little over an hour.
Dellacqua had declared herself ready for an assault deep into the Australian Open reminiscent of her fourth round effort of 2008 after some stunning results on the second-tier ITF tour and a strong first round victory over Galina Voskoboeva on Monday.
But the 26-year-old could not get going against the powerful former US Open semi-finalist, spraying her attacking shots and revealing her frustration in her body language.
Dellacqua has an Australian Open wildcard but will need to improve massively to again reach the heights that took her to a career-high number 39 in 2008.
Wickmayer, who reached number 12 in 2010, will now meet Romanian Simona Halep in a quarter-final on Thursday.
AAPTags: tennis, sport, hobart-7000 First posted January 10, 2012 21:13:45