Melbourne - Venus Williams' Australian Open conqueror
Belinda Bencic ran out of steam on Wednesday, failing to keep the momentum
going against qualifier Luksika Kumkhum.
The Roger Federer-inspired Swiss stunned Williams in round
one, but was no match for the Thai star who moved into a Grand Slam third round
for the first time.
Bencic, 20, was never in contention on a searing day on
Hisense Arena, slumping 6-1 in the first set before putting up more fight in
the second only to succumb 6-3.
Bencic, who made her WTA Tour debut as a 14-year-old, has
often been touted as a future potential champion, but she again failed to live
up to the hype.
Only Tuesday, fellow Swiss Federer, who won the Hopman Cup
this month alongside Bencic, had heaped praise on her.
"She's still so young, she has a great career ahead of
herself. I try to help her where I can," he said.
But he also added: "Still so much to improve."
For Kumkhum, it was a major achievement in her seventh Grand
Slam main draw appearance.
She lists her best tennis memory as reaching the second
round at Melbourne Park in 2013, which she must now surely revise.
"This is the best win of my career," she said
"I kept telling my coach and family that I want to pass
the second round, so I'm really happy."