Let’s talk about tennis for a minute! Serena Williams had signed up to play three tournaments back-to-back, then she will have a week off before the US Open. In Serena’s career in her 30s, it’s rare for her to play four tournaments (including New York) during the North American hardcourt swing. This week was the first of those tournaments, the Mubadala Silicon Valley Classic in San Jose. First, something nice: check out her pretty Nike kit. It’s a red-and-black version of her Wimbledon kit – long sleeved, full skirt, and what I would imagine are some kind of compression tights.
Tuesday night was her first match since losing the Wimbledon final. Serena’s form at Wimbledon looked great… up until the final, where she just couldn’t find her rhythm against an in-form Angelique Kerber. Serena cried in the post-match Wimbledon interview, but she also reminded everyone that she was just getting started on her post-baby comeback. So how did Serena do in her match on Tuesday? Um.
Serena Williams is usually the one who inflicts heavy defeats on others, but the former world No.1 suffered the most one-sided loss of her illustrious career Tuesday when she was knocked out of the first round of the Silicon Valley Classic after a 6-1 6-0 defeat.
During a 53-minute rout, British No.1 Johanna Konta, ranked 48th in the world, won 12 games in a row — including two service games to love in the second set — to progress to the second round in San Jose. Williams, a 23-time grand slam champion 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. Since turning professional in 1995, the 36-year-old Williams had never before lost a match without winning at least two games.
Good lord. Now, did Serena lose to a great player? Um… not really. No disrespect to Johanna Konta – I like Konta – but Konta is a good (not great) player and she has been playing terribly this year. That being said, Konta clearly prefers hard courts and she’s quite happy playing in America, so maybe she was just feeling it. But seriously though, Serena had a really bad night. On to Canada? And then Cincinnati. And then… New York. We’ll see. I’m not panicking yet. *laughs nervously*
Konta was classy about it.
— WTA (@WTA) August 1, 2018
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