World number one Williams walloped by Halep
By Patrick Johnston
SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Simona Halep handed an out-of-sorts Serena Williams the joint heaviest defeat of her long and illustrious career as the Romanian beat the world number one 6-0 6-2 at the WTA Finals on Wednesday.
As well as Halep played in moving her opponent around Singapore's purple Indoor hardcourt, the 33-year-old American only had herself to blame for the defeat after her serve fell apart and the errors flowed.
The loss halted the double defending champion's winning streak at the season-ending event at 16 matches and leaves her needing to beat Eugenie Bouchard, who later lost 6-1 6-3 to Ana Ivanovic, to reach the last four from the Red Group.
"It was actually embarrassing I think describes the way I played. Yeah, very embarrassing," Williams told reporters, before heaping praise on Halep.
"I've seen her play a lot. Like I said, she's never played like this before."
Williams gave no indication of the struggles that awaited her as she boomed down an ace to start the match between the two players who were impressive in claiming straight sets victories in their opening Red Group matches.
That ace would be one of only nine points the 18-times grand slam champion would win in the opening set as her game fell apart to give Maria Sharapova hope of overhauling her to finish the season as world number one.
Halep, serving supremely, needed only 12 minutes to race 4-0 ahead with Williams looking almost in shock at her routine failure to send simple groundstrokes over the net. Continued...