Simona Halep celebrates after defeating Serena
Williams of the U.S. in their singles match at the WTA
tennis finals in Singapore,Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014.
— Serena Williams was routed 6-0, 6-2 by Simona Halep at
the WTA Finals on Wednesday in one of the most one-sided
losses of the 18-time Grand Slam champion's career.
time Williams managed to win just two games in a WTA Tour or
Grand Slam match was in 1998 when she was just 16.
describes the way I played today," Williams said.
The loss in
the round-robin match snapped Williams' 16-match winning
streak at the year-end championships, where she is the
two-time defending champion.
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."
fourth-ranked Halep had never before beaten a player ranked
in the top 3. In her previous two matches against Williams,
both last year, the Romanian had won a total of seven games.
player who was ranked No. 47 two years ago, Wednesday's win
over No. 1 Williams represented a new career high.
was my best match of my life," Halep said. "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."
Williams of the U.S. sits in her chair between games
during her singles match against Romania's Simona
Halep at the WTA tennis finals in Singapore,
Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014.
runner-up at this year's French Open, beat Eugenie Bouchard
in her opening match and moves to 2-0 in the Red Group.
Williams slips to 1-1 and will face Bouchard next.
defeat jeopardized her chances of finishing the year as the
top-ranked player. Had she won Wednesday, the only way she
could have lost the No. 1 spot is if Maria Sharapova won the
reaching the final may be enough for the Russian, depending
on the result of Williams' match against Bouchard on
been careful not to raise her sights too high at this
tournament. She remained cautious even after two dominant
have confidence I can get to the semifinals," Halep
said. "First I have to forget this day, but it will be
hard to forget. I am so happy."
served six double-faults in the opening set and had 36
unforced errors — three times Halep's total. But the key
to the result was the performance on break points. Both
players had six: Williams took none of them while Halep
was surprised by Halep's performance, saying "she has
never played like this before."
frankly honest, I am looking forward to our next meeting
because she is going to make me go home, train hard and
particularly train for her," Williams said.