The mini surge of British players into the main draw of the Miami Open suffered its first casualty on Wednesday night when Katie Boulter was ousted from the first round proper by the wily Su-Wei Hsieh from Taipei.
Yet the 21 year-old from Leicestershire did enough to show why she has been part of a recent improvement among GB women by pushing the experienced world No 61 hard before going down 6-4, 7-5.
Going on court ahead of fellow qualifiers Cameron Norrie and Liam Broady, Boulter played intelligently against an opponent who defeated Wimbledon champion Garbine Muguruza at the Australian Open.
British No 5 Katie Boulter has lost in the first round of the Miami Open on Wednesday
The 21-year-old was beaten in straight sets 6-4, 7-5 by Su-Wei Hsieh from Tapei
Despite being ranked just outside the top 200, the British No 5 looked reasonably at home in this company in what was the first main draw at this level she had reached without a wildcard.
Unafraid to mix her game up, she repeatedly broke back and was somewhat unfortunate to lose the first set to a net cord.
Clearly she has material to work with, and is one of eight GB women now inside the top 250, a buoyant figure by albeit modest standards.
Boulter looked reasonably at home in her first main draw at this level against the world No 61
The biggest improver this year has been Southampton's 20 year-old Gabriella Taylor, who has been consistently winning at lower tier tournaments in Australia.
Even without Andy Murray, the qualifiers took the British singles contingent to six for this concluding leg of this American swing of the world tour, with Kyle Edmund and women's defending champion Jo Konta both seeded and having first round byes.
Serena Williams was embarking on the latest stage of her comeback when she faced Indian Wells winner Naomi Osaka.