San Jose | Konta smashes Williams
Jo Konta delivered one of the worst losses Serena Williams has suffered in her career when she beat the American 6-1 6-0 in just 51-minutes in their opening round clash at the Mubadala Silicon Valley Classic in San Jose.
Williams, playing her first match since losing the Wimbledon final to Angelique Kerber, shrugged off the loss. “I don’t know. I have so many things on my mind that I don’t have time to be shocked about a loss where I clearly wasn’t at my best,” the 36-year-old, 23-time grand slam champion said.
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 Jo Konta
Seeded six, the former world No.1 who is still trying to recapture her world-dominating form following her pregnancy and subsequent birth of her daughter, struggled against the unseeded Konta who broke the mighty Williams serve six times. She also made 25 unforced errors and only managed 6 winners throughout the match.
In contrast Konta hit 17 winners and only made nine unforced errors as she progressed into the second round where she meets Sofia Konin.
“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,” Konta, who won her maiden WTA title at San Jose in 2016 – ironically defeating Venus Williams in the final – said.
“I don’t believe in big bang moments, or magic moments where the fingers click and it all comes together,” the British No.1 continued and wouldn’t allow the biggest win of her career, to distract her from concentrating on her next match.
“I believe in continuous hard work and every day perseverance, putting in the work and trusting the process.
“All this match has given me is the chance to play another one. I’m grateful for that opportunity and will work hard for another one.”