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Serena Suffers Worst Ever Career Defeat

Americanfemale tennis star, Serena Williams suffered the worst loss of her career on Tuesday, after falling 6-1 6-0 to Britain’s Johanna Konta in the first round of the Silicon Valley Classic.

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, in front of a 3,000 strong crowd at San Jose State University.

Those expecting to see Williams continue to battle back after a difficult child birth last year were left disappointed.

The 36-year-old committed 25 unforced errors to Konta’s nine and managed to put just 41 per cent of her first serves into play.

Williams, who lost the Wimbledon final earlier this month to Germany’s Angelique Kerber, had never lost a match before where she did not win at least two games since turning pro in 1995.

As poorly as Williams played, the 27-year-old Konta was sharp, firing six aces and smacking 17 winners to Williams’ nine while controlling the tempo of the match.

With the loss Williams falls to 11-4 since returning to the tour and will look to bounce back when she competes in the 2018 Cincinnati Open next month.

While Konta will face American teenager, Sofia Kenin in the second round, Cincinnati will offer Williams another hard court tune-up ahead of this year’s U.S. Open.

“I think she played well in the second set and I think I wasn’t sharp at all in the first set. She got confident and she clearly ran away with it,” Williams admitted afterwards.

On her part, Konta reasoned: “She obviously wasn’t playing at her best level, nowhere near it, and I really just tried to play the match on my terms,” said Konta, who won the tournament two years ago.

“I tried to put aside the incredible champion she is and just play the player of the day. I felt I did better than her on the day but it’s still a humbling experience to be out here with her.”

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