Johanna Konta inflicts worst defeat of Serena Williams' career

Annette Crawford
August 1, 2018

The British No.1 took less than an hour to win 6-1 6-0 in San Jose in the first round of the Silicon Valley Classic.

Serena Williams has suffered the heaviest defeat of her professional career in her first match since losing the Wimbledon final.

Having reached the Wimbledon final, Serena Williams only lasted 52 minutes in a straight sets defeat to Jo Konta. Since then, the 27-year-old has fallen from a career-high world ranking of No 4 to No 48, but the confidence from beating such a prolific opponent - and...

Konta is at her best on hard courts, where she can trust the bounce and let rip. When I was out there, I was fighting. I'm just taking everything a day at a time. That's the only thing I can say, I wasn't just like giving it away and I was moving a lot better.

While Williams was encouraged by her court coverage, she hardly looked like herself on a cool summer evening.

"I know I can play a zillion times better, so that kind of helps out, too, " Williams said about her early exit in San Jose.

There is no doubt Williams was below par, as seven double faults and a first-serve percentage of 40 % would suggest.

"I suppose things went wrong in the second game since I won the first - it was the only game I won in the match". Williams missed returns and sprayed her groundstrokes long and wide.

Those expecting to see Williams continue to battle back after a hard child birth last year were left disappointed as the 36-year-old committed 25 unforced errors to Konta's nine and managed to put just 41 percent of her first serves into play.

"She obviously wasn't playing her best level or nowhere near it and I really just tried to play the match on my terms", Konta said.

Williams had won this tournament the last three times she played it in 2011, 2012 and 2014 and won her only previous meeting with Konta 6-2 6-3 in the 2017 Australian Open quarter-finals.

And yet, like all great sportsmen and women, the world's top tennis players have an awesome ability to forget bad losses and focus only on the next event.

"I tried to put aside the incredible champion she is and just play the player of the day", she said.

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