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Result: Johanna Konta hands Serena Williams worst-ever defeat

Result: Konta hands Williams worst-ever defeat
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British number one Johanna Konta inflicts the worst defeat of Serena Williams's career in the first round of the Silicon Valley Classic in San Jose.

Johanna Konta has thrashed Serena Williams for the loss of just one game in San Jose, inflicting the worst-ever defeat of the American's career.

The British number one has endured a disappointing 12 months, but just 53 minutes were required to register a 6-1 6-0 victory over the 23-time Grand Slam champion.

Williams won the first game of the contest, but that proved to be her only success as Konta remarkably put together a run of 12 straight games.

The world number 48 is quoted by BBC Sport as saying: "I tried to put aside the incredible champion she is and just play the player of the day.

"She obviously wasn't playing at her best level, nowhere near it, and I really just tried to play the match on my terms. I felt I did better than her on the day but it's still a humbling experience to be out here with her."

Heather Watson is also through to the last 16 after edging out wildcard Claire Liu by a 6-4 3-6 6-4 scoreline.

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