Serena Williams is usually the one who inflicts heavy defeats on others, but the former world No.1’s first-round match against Johanna Konta in the Silicon Valley Classic turned out to be the worst defeat of her career.
The 23-time Grand Slam champion lost 6-1 6-0, making it the first time since the start of her professional career in 1995 that she’s failed to win at least 2 games in a match.
Williams, who only returned to the tour from maternity leave earlier this year, served seven double faults and made 25 unforced errors in, according to the WTA, the most one-sided loss of her career.
According to CNN, Serena, speaking after the match, said:
“I think she played well in the second set and I think I wasn’t sharp at all in the first set and she got confident and she clearly ran away with it.”
Johanna, British No.1 and ranked 48th in the world, acknowledged that Serena wasn’t playing at her best level, saying:
“I tried to put aside the incredible champion she is and just play the player of the day.
She obviously wasn’t playing at her best level, nowhere near it, and I really just tried to play the match on my terms.
I felt I did better than her on the day but it’s still a humbling experience to be out here with her.”