Johanna Konta's 6-1, 6-0 win over Serena Williams on Tuesdayin the first round of the Mubadala Silicon Valley Classic in San Jose was every bit as stunning as the scoreline sounds, the most lop-sided defeat of Williams's glittering career and by far the best win for Konta in more than a year.
"I'm taking everything a day at a time", the 23-time Grand Slam champion told reporters after the match. That's the only thing I can say, I wasn't just like giving it away and I was moving a lot better.
"I know I can play a zillion times better so that kind of helps out, too".
Williams, who was seeded sixth, managed just nine winners against 25 unforced errors and had her serve broken six times. "I have so many things on my mind I don't have time to be shocked about a loss that clearly wasn't at my best right now", Williams said. Coming in to San Jose, she had a 17-15 win-loss record for the year and had lost her first match in five of her 15 events.
Konta, who captured her first WTA title two years ago at Stanford, got on a roll with a quick first set and didn't take a chance in letting Williams get back in it. Konta closed the first game of the second with consecutive aces under 100 miles per hour.
Konta won her maiden WTA title at this event in 2016 when it was held in Stanford University, defeating Williams' older sister Venus in the final.
Consistency has been an issue for Konta throughout 2018 but at times, her game management has also come into question.
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"I didn't know a couple of months ago where I was, where I would be, how I would do, how I would be able to come back", she said after the Wimbledon loss, which came a little over a month after she withdrew from the French Open with a pectoral injury.
"I tried to put aside the incredible champion she is and just play the player of the day", she said.
The loss to Konta comes just over a month after Williams complained that she is being discriminated against by the sport's drug testing program because of the number of samples she is being asked to provide.
And yet, like all great sportsmen and women, the world's top tennis players have an fantastic ability to forget bad losses and focus only on the next event.
"It's hard, I guess", she said Tuesday, speaking of her inability to regain her consistency and dominance.
Her next Grand Slam title would tie her with Margaret Court for the most with 24.
Williams was treated for frightening blood clots after having her baby.