World No48 took just 53 minutes to thrash the 23-time Grand Slam winner 6-1, 6-0 at the Silicon Valley Classic in San Jose, California
British No1 Johanna Konta handed Serena Williams the heaviest defeat of her career with a 6-1, 6-0 thrashing in San Jose, California on Wednesday morning.
Konta, 27, won the final 12 games in a row and needed only 53 minutes to hand the 23-time Grand Slam champion the worst loss of her professional career.
Williams won the opening game on serve but would not add to the scoreboard again in the match, with Konta breaking the American’s serve on the next six straight occasions.
The 36-year-old, making her first appearances since losing the Wimbledon final to Angelique Kerber last month, served seven double faults and made a staggering 25 unforced errors to Konta’s nine.
Of the more than 900 singles matches Williams has played in her career, this was the first in which she failed to win at least two games.
It was only the pair’s second-ever meeting, with Williams having knocked Konta out of the 2017 Australian Open last January in straight sets.
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A gracious Konta said on court after the match: “I tried to put aside the incredible champion she is and just play the player of the day.
“She obviously wasn’t playing at her best level, nowhere near it, and I really just tried to play the match on my terms.
“I felt I did better than her on the day but it’s still a humbling experience to be out here with her.”
Williams, who returned from the birth of her first child this year, said: “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.”