Former world number one Serena Williams on Tuesday suffered one of the most lopsided defeats of her career as she lost her opening match of the Mubadala Silicon Valley Classic to Johanna Konta. Also Read - Tennis: Maria Sharapova Announces Retirement at Age of 32, Says 'Tennis Gave me a Life'
Williams lost 1-6, 0-6 against Konta in the first-round contest that lasted just 52 minutes. Such was the performance of the sixth-seeded American that she managed just nine winners against 25 unforced errors and had her serve broken six times. She looked nothing like the player that dominated the Tour for decades and winning 72 singles titles. Also Read - I Don't Know How Long Will Serena Williams Be Able To Play: Coach
Konta, who captured her first WTA title two years ago at Stanford, got on a roll and didn’t take a chance in letting the 23-time grand slam champion get back in it. Also Read - Australian Open 2020 Roundup: Roger Federer Beats John Millman in Five-Set Thriller, Advances to Round 4; Serena Williams, Naomi Osaka Crashed Out
When the match ended on Williams’ forehand into the net, the American walked off the court offering waves to the crowd that will hope she returns to the Bay Area again next year for a longer run than this early exit.
The 36-year-old had never won only one game she won her serve for the initial game Tuesday then not another. She got two games at the 2014 WTA finals in Singapore, falling 6-0, 6-2 to Simona Halep. Williams, who is a three-time champion in the Bay Area, was playing her first match since losing in the Wimbledon final against Angelique Kerber.
Konta will next face Sofia Kenin, who earned a dominating win over qualifier Veronica Cepede Royg on Monday.
(With inputs from agencies)