Serena Williams suffers worst defeat of her career

Serena Williams suffers worst defeat of her career

Twenty-three times major champion Serena Williams suffered the worst loss of her storied career on Tuesday, falling 6-1 6-0 to Britain's Johanna Konta in the first round of the Silicon Valley Classic.

When the 52-minute match ended on Williams' forehand into the net, she quickly grabbed her gear and headed off the court.

Serena Williams reached the 2018 Wimbledon Championships final in July but was brought crashing back down to Earth when she was annihilated by Johanna Konta on Tuesday.

Konta played a superb match with 17 winners, nine unforced errors and won 83 percent of her first-serve points.

After a routine hold to start the match, Williams lost the next 12 games in a one-sided affair that lasted less than an hour, stunning the partisan crowd of 3,000 at San Jose State University.

"I don't believe in big bang moments, or magic moments where the fingers click and it all comes together", she said.

"When I was out there, was fighting".

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

She double-faulted seven times and landed drop shots in the net.

This was one of the biggest wins of her career but Konta said she won't be celebrating too long because there is more work to do.

The Briton, who has been ranked as high as world No 4, closed the first game of the second with consecutive aces at about 160kmh.

Since turning professional in 1995, the 36-year-old Williams had never before lost a match without winning at least two games.

"She obviously wasn't playing anywhere near her best level but I was just trying to play the match on my terms and do what I can out here and put aside the incredible champion she is and play the player on the day".

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