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I can play a zillion times better - Serena Williams

Published:Thursday | August 2, 2018 | 12:00 AM
Serena Williams, of the United States, reacts after missing a shot from Johanna Konta, of Britain, during the Mubadala Silicon Valley Classic tennis tournament in San Jose, California on Tuesday. Konta won 6-1, 6-0.

SAN JOSE, California (AP):

Serena Williams admitted to not being at her best in her straight-set defeat to Britain's Johanna Konta in the first round of the Mubadala Silicon Valley Classic on Tuesday night in San JosÈ, California. In the most lopsided defeat of her career, Williams' disappointing night ended in less than an hour as she lost 6-1, 6-0.

When the 52-minute match ended on Williams' forehand into the net, she quickly grabbed her gear and headed off the court. She had never won only one game she won her serve for the initial game on Tuesday then not another. She got two games at the 2014 WTA finals in Singapore, falling 6-0, 6-2 to Simona Halep.

"I know I can play a zillion times better, so that kind of helps out, too. I have so many things on my mind I don't have time to be shocked about a loss that clearly wasn't at my best right now," Williams said. "When I was out there, I was fighting. That's the only thing I can say. I wasn't just, like, giving it away, and I was moving a lot better. So I'm just trying to take the positives out of it."


Out of sorts


While Williams was encouraged by her court coverage, she hardly looked like herself on a cool summer evening. She double-faulted and landed drop shots in the net. Williams missed returns and sprayed her groundstrokes long and wide.

Konta, who captured her first WTA title two years ago at Stanford, got on a roll with a quick first set and did not take a chance in letting Williams get back in it. Konta closed the first game of the second with consecutive aces under 100mph.

"I think she played well in the second set," Williams said. "I wasn't sharp at all in the first set, and I think she got confident and clearly ran away with it."

The sixth-seeded Williams is a three-time champion in the Bay Area. This marked the fifth tournament for the 36-year-old Williams since giving birth to her daughter, Alexis Olympia, last September. It is her first tournament since her straight-set Wimbledon loss to Angelique Kerber.