British number one Laura Robson crashed out of the Rome Masters on Tuesday ngith following a second-round 6-2 6-2 defeat against world number one Serena Williams.
Having broke Williams’ serve in the opening game of the match, Robson failed to capitalise and was beaten convincingly, proving to be no match for the 15-time Grand Slam singles champion.
Robson, who had defeated Serena’s sister Venus in the first round, served eight double faults and won only 28 per cent of the points on her second serve as the American completed the rout in just 75 minutes.
However, Robson is only taking positives from the match, admitting it was a learning curve.
Talking to the WTA Tour website, she said: "She's number one in the world for a reason. She played really well. She didn't give me many opportunities.
"I thought it could have been a little bit closer - I had some break points I didn't take advantage of - but it was a learning experience and hopefully I'll play against her again soon."
Despite the heavy defeat, Williams was quick to praise the Briton, tipping her for future success.
"It was a good match - she played really well and really smart," Williams said. "She's just a great player and I think she has such a big future."
After winning at Charleston and her two victories against Maria Sharapova at the Madrid Masters and the Miami Masters, the 31-year-old is currently on a 20-game win streak that stretches back to February.
And the American admits she’s confident in her game at the moment.
"I've played lots of matches, but I'm the kind of player who likes to keep playing matches, at least now in my career," Williams added. "I just want to keep the confidence there."