◼️ Williams went down 6-1, 6-0 to Johanna Konta in her first game at the Mubadala Silicon Valley Classic in San Jose.
The disappointing return of Serena Williams to the Bay Area finished in less than an hour when she fell on Tuesday in her first game at the Mubadala Silicon Valley Classic in San Jose by 6-1, 6-0 to Johanna Konta, in the most unbalanced loss of her successful career.
The game ended after 52 minutes with a Williams right to the net. The winner of 23 Grand Slam titles left the court greeting the public, which she hopes will return next year for a longer competition.
Williams had never before managed a single game in a match, but on Tuesday she could only bank her serve in the opening game. Her worst loss to date was a 6-0, 6-2 loss to Simona Halep in the 2014 WTA Finals in Singapore.
Williams barely looked like herself on a cold summer afternoon: she committed double faults, hit winners in the net, missed easy shots and was not accurate in the balls from the back of the court.
Konta, who won her first WTA title two years ago at Stanford, took advantage of the occasion and gave Williams no choice but to get back into the game.
Williams, the sixth seed in the Bay Area, lifted the title of champion three times. This was the fifth tournament of Serena since she gave birth to her daughter Alexis Olympia last September and the first since losing in straight sets to Angelique Kerber at Wimbledon.