Johanna Konta progresses to the second round of the Mubadala Silicon Valley Classic after defeating Serena Williams 6-1, 6-0. Britain’s Number 1 didn’t need much time to beat the world’s number 26. In less than an hour, Konta reminded everyone why she reached grand slam semi-finals twice, as she left Williams with the most destructive loss in her career.
The 27-year-old proved to be a ruthless opponent to Serena Williams who was UK’s betting sites’ favourite to win the match. Konta defeated one of the undeniably best players in the world, and what a defeat that was. Since turning pro in 1995, Williams never suffered a defeat where she failed to win two games in a match.
Williams was not playing her best game today though. Seven-time Wimbledon singles champion made seven double faults, whereas Konta had just two. Furthermore, Konta’s groundstrokes were accurate and powerful. On the other hand, Williams’ groundstrokes were too wide. Serena also made 25 unforced errors and served only three aces compared to Konta’s six.
After the match, there’s been a lot of talk about whether the Williams-defeat could be a turning point for the British tennis player. This year, Konta’s been struggling with her form, but today’s clash with Serena looks like a new chapter in Konta’s career. The 27-year-old, however, doesn’t believe that one match could change a lot of things.
“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,” said Konta.
Commenting on today’s defeat and her opponent, Williams said, “She played well in the second set, and I think I wasn’t sharp at all in the first set and she got confident and clearly ran away with it.”
We might not have seen Williams’ peak performance today, but we saw Konta’s defeating former world’s number 1. We also got a chance to witness the comeback of Konta’s excellent serve. Well done, Konta!