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Serena suffers worst defeat of her career

Serena suffers worst defeat of her career

Johanna Konta inflicted the worst defeat of Serena Williams' career with a thumping first-round victory over the 23-time Grand Slam singles champion at the Silicon Valley Classic. The British number one took less than an hour to win 6-1 6-0 in San Jose.

Serena Williams is usually the one who inflicts heavy defeats on others, but the former world No.1 suffered the most one-sided loss of her illustrious career Tuesday (Jul 31) when she was knocked out of the first round of the Silicon Valley Classic after a 6-1 6-0 defeat.

During a 53-minute rout, British No.1 Johanna Konta, ranked 48th in the world, won 12 games in a row -- including two service games to love in the second set -- to progress to the second round in San Jose.

Serena, a 23-time grand slam champion who only returned to the tour from maternity leave earlier this year, served seven double faults and made 25 unforced errors in, according to the WTA, the most one-sided loss of her career.

Since turning professional in 1995, the 36-year-old Serena had never before lost a match without winning at least two games.

Konta, who was a career-high No.4 in the world last year, becomes the first Briton to beat Serena.