Serena Williams Blasted by Halep in Embarrassment
by Staff | October 22nd, 2014, 10:42 am

World No. 1 Serena Williams was made to look like a failed qualifier on Tuesday at the WTA Finals in Singapore, receiving a 6-0, 6-2 beatdown at the hands of Romanian former world No. 2 Simona Halep.
Williams described the encounter as “embarrassing” in a post-match conference where she maintained a smile while at the same time looking like she could begin crying at any moment.

“My forehand was off today,” Williams said. “It’s obviously gone on an early vacation. My serve was at best at the 10-and-under division of juniors.”

Halep, who defeated Genie Bouchard in straight sets in her round robin opener, is now all but secured for a place in the semifinals after not dropping a set in two matches.

The loss snapped Williams’ 16-match winning streak at the year-end championships, but with the round robin format the two-time defending champion can still make the semifinals.

“It was my best match of my life,” said Halep, who had never beaten a Top 3 player. “I played unbelievable shots. It means a lot this match. At an important time I played really well, and after today my confidence will be more high.”

Also on Tuesday Ana Ivanovic defeated Bouchard 6-1, 6-3, eliminating the Canadian and keeping her own chances alive for a spot in the semifinals after losing her first match to Williams.

A lost-looking Bouchard, who had won both her previous matches against the former No. 1 Ivanovic, was overheard during an on-court coaching visit asking her coach what she was even doing playing the event.

On Thursday in Singapore will be Caroline Wozniacki vs. Agnieszka Radwanska, and Maria Sharapova vs. Petra Kvitova.

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4 Comments for Serena Williams Blasted by Halep in Embarrassment

andrea Says:

nice win by halep. very surprising result against serena, but simona is one of the new top guns so upsets are bound to happen. wish i could watch some of these matches!!!

shame about bouchard if her comment on court is true. i mean, her results here aren’t great, that’s for sure, but if she is voicing that much self doubt, that won’t help her mental game. ever since wimbledon, seems like she is suffering a crisis of confidence.

Bridgeovertroublewaters Says:

Definitely a Serena Fan….However great game played by Halep..Congrats to you…I would say I hope you win…but.. thanks Goodness this is a Round robin tournament….regroup Serena Still my Number 1….

Margot Says:

Wow Simona, just wow! Reminded me of Henin in that she’s only 5’6″ but seemed to have no problem with Serena’s power.

martins take Says:

Listen folks, Halep can play! She is the real deal. Her game matches up well with any woman on tour. She is fearless and relentless. Of course, over the last couple of years, Serena has developed a propensity for losing matches she is expected to win, which certainly helped Halep’s cause. But, all props to Halep. She is a tough little nut.

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