In Brief

Tennis: Serena Williams suffers biggest career defeat against Johanna Konta

British No.1 took less than an hour to beat the 23-time Grand Slam champion

Serena Williams crashed out of the Silicon Valley Classic in California after losing in the first round against British No.1 Johanna Konta.

The 6-1, 6-0 loss was Williams’s worst defeat of her glittering career as Konta stormed into the second round in less than an hour.

Since turning pro, 23-time Grand Slam champion Williams had “never lost a match without winning at least two games”, the BBC reports. Williams, 36, admitted she was not sharp enough as Konta eased to victory.

“I think she played well in the second set, I wasn’t sharp at all in the first set,” said Williams, who was beaten in last month’s Wimbledon final by Angelique Kerber. “She got confident and she clearly ran away with it.”

Konta will play Sofia Kenin in the second round in San Jose and she said it was a “humbling experience” to be on court with the American icon.

“It’s an absolute privilege to be on the same court as Serena,” Konta told wtatennis.com. “After all she’s achieved, it’s so humbling just to come up against her.

“She obviously wasn’t playing her best level - nowhere near - so I tried to play the match on my terms and just do what I can out here, put aside what an incredible champion she is, and just play the player on the day.

“I might have been better on the day, but it’s still a humbling experience to be out there with her.”

Recommended

‘Horror’ start: Ten Hag has a ‘hell of a job’ at United
Manchester United boss Erik ten Hag
View from the terraces

‘Horror’ start: Ten Hag has a ‘hell of a job’ at United

Serena and her ‘evolution’ away from tennis
Serena Williams beat Nuria Parrizas Diaz at the Canadian Open in Toronto on 8 August
Profile

Serena and her ‘evolution’ away from tennis

Commonwealth Games: an ‘uncertain’ future?
The 2022 Commonwealth Games closing ceremony at Alexander Stadium in Birmingham
Behind the scenes

Commonwealth Games: an ‘uncertain’ future?

Premier League: what we learned from the opening weekend
Erling Haaland scored both goals on his Premier League debut for Manchester City
View from the terraces

Premier League: what we learned from the opening weekend

Popular articles

Is World War Three on the cards?
Ukrainian soldiers patrol on the frontline in Zolote, Ukraine
In Depth

Is World War Three on the cards?

Will China invade Taiwan?
Chinese troops on mobile rocket launchers during a parade in Beijing
Fact file

Will China invade Taiwan?

What is ‘quiet quitting’?
Two men leave their office
In Depth

What is ‘quiet quitting’?

The Week Footer Banner