Britain's dreams of a first woman in the Wimbledon quarter-finals for 29 years were shattered on Monday when Laura Robson bowed out in tears after falling to Estonia's Kaia Kanepi.
Though roared on in a closely-fought match in the 11,000-seater Court One bowl, Kanepi just had the edge in the crucial points to win their fourth round clash 7-6 (8/6), 7-5.
Robson was bidding to become the first British woman to reach a Grand Slam quarter-final since Jo Durie at Wimbledon in 1984.
In making the fourth round at the All England Club she was the first British woman to do so since Sam Smith in 1998.
The 19-year-old world number 38 left the court in tears following the 95-minute contest.
Kanepi, ranked 46, faces Sabine Lisicki in the quarter-finals.
The German 23rd seed downed US world number one Serena Williams, the defending champion, in three sets in the shock of the fourth round.
"I'm very, very happy. It was a very tough match and I am happy to get through this," the 28-year-old Kanepi said.
"The crowd wasn't that bad actually when she won points," she added on the fervent atmosphere.
"I think my serve and overall the baseline game I played very well."
She was relishing the prospect of playing the big-hitting Lisicki in the last eight.
"It's the next match and I guess I have to hit very hard. I think especially on grass it's important always to hit a good shot."
Robson was cheered from the start by the home crowd, on the very same court where she first made a name for herself by winning the 2008 girls' title.
The Briton broke for a 5-4 lead but Kanepi broke straight back as she got more into the match.
Robson led 3-0 in the tie break but double-faulted to make it 5-5. Kanepi saw her chance and though Robson saw off the Estonian's first set point at 6-5 up with a great return, she misfired to give Kanepi the tie-break 8-6.
Kanepi broke to love in the second set for a 6-5 lead.
Robson fought off two match points to take the next game to deuce.
But by the time Kanepi reached her fifth match point, Robson's resistance had run out.
Kanepi reached the 2010 Wimbledon quarter-finals as a qualifier. She has also made the last eight twice at the French Open and once at the US Open.