Kirsty Gilmour refused to go down without a fight but could not prevent a German Open loss to Canada’s Brittney Tam in three games.
The Scot, seeded eighth in Mulheim an der Ruhr, came into the tournament looking to build some momentum ahead of the upcoming All England Open and Commonwealth Games.
Her first three tournaments of the year had seen Gilmour make the second round of the Malaysia Masters before she lost first up in the Indonesia Masters.
But the world number 33 hit back by winning a seventh national women’s singles title and has spent much of the last month on a training camp in Thailand.
She could not continue that title-winning form in Germany, though, and put was left lamenting another loss in Mulheim an der Ruhr.
“I just didn't find a good feeling on the court today,” she admitted. “I don't have a good record in this hall, it's really not been my favourite to play in.
“But I tried my best to find a solution and I almost had it. I just wasn't on my A game today and Brittney played very well.”
Her return to competition saw the 24-year-old take on Canada’s Tam in the first round in Germany, with her opponent making the better start.
Gilmour actually held a 5-0 advantage in the first game but Tam hit back to level at 6-6, before stretching away to take the opener 21-13.
The Scot was not done, though, and after a tight start to the second game she streaked to a 21-13 victory and forced a decider.
And the European silver medallist and Scottish Open Grand Prix champion pushed Tam all the way in the final game but from 19-17 up the Canadian did not flinch, winning the next two points to clinch the game and the match.
Gilmour now travels to Birmingham for next week’s All England Open, where she is drawn against Thailand’s Busanan Ongbamrungphan in the first round – with a potential clash against either world number one Tai Tzu Ying or London 2012 Olympic bronze medallist Saina Nehwal to follow in the second.