How was Serena Williams beaten so comprehensively by Johanna Konta?

Konta beat the 23-time grand slam victor 6-1, 6-0 in the first round of the Silicon Valley Classic in San Jose, California.

Williams, who returned to tennis earlier this year after missing more than 15 months following the birth of her first child, struggled throughout in San Jose.

The 23-time Grand Slam singles victor struggled mightily against the British No. 1 and former victor Konta, who crushed Williams 6-1, 6-0 in just 51 minutes on the main Stadium court.

As poorly as Williams played, the 27-year-old Konta was sharp, firing six aces and smacking 17 winners to Williams' nine while controlling the tempo of the match.

"I had to stay very much on every single point because against her it can turn around at any point".

Those expecting to see Williams continue to battle back after a hard child birth last year were left disappointed as the 36-year-old committed 25 unforced errors to Konta's nine and managed to put just 41 percent of her first serves into play. Reigning US Open champions Sloane Stephens, meanwhile, got off to a strong start to her hard-court season by defeating Bethanie Mattek-Sands 7-5, 6-4 in the women's section.

When Williams serves at her best, she is nigh-on unbeatable.

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"I tried to put aside the incredible champion she is and just play the player of the day", she said.

Williams' previous heaviest defeat had been when she had picked up only two games in losing to Simona Halep at the WTA Finals in Singapore in 2014.

"I think she played better in this match than she did 18 months ago, so that's a good thing for her", said Williams.

Nonetheless, Williams came up with a classic performance to oust Konta in just little over an hour, and she will be looking for her second consecutive win over the former top-10 player.

Despite the scoreline, the first set was not easy, as Konta had to fight from behind in three of her four service games, including being break point down in two of them.

"I don't believe in big bang moments, or magic moments where the fingers click and it all comes together".

"I know I can play a zillion times better so that kind of helps out, too".

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