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Serena Williams left reeling from ‘embarrassing’ defeat

EMBARRASSED: Williams was easily beaten (PA)

SERENA WILLIAMS has had to swallow a tough pill as she reflects on being beaten by the biggest margin since she was a teenager.

The 33-year-old was thrashed 6-0 6-2 in the WTA Finals in Singapore by Romanian Simona Halep, a result which equalled her previous worst match in 1998 when the then 16-year-old was defeated 6-1 6-1 to Joannette Kruger.

World number one William described her capitulation as “embarrassing” and that she had served better as a junior than during yesterday’s (Oct 22) defeat.

She said: “Embarrassing describes the way I played today.

“My forehand was off today again. I guess it went on an early vacation.”

Williams added praise for Halep, saying she “played really well” as the Romanian recorded her first career win over a top three player.

The American has a chance today to save some face in Singapore as she takes on Canada’s Eugenie Bouchard, who was beaten yesterday 6-1 6-3 by Ana Ivanovic.

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