What does it really mean "to take the opponent down." I have looked it up in several dictionaries and none had other meanings of take down than dismantle, shoot/hit someone, write or criticise.
In the article: https://www.yahoo.com/beauty/tennis-pro-cuts-her-own-hair-on-court-in-a-bid-to-win-143555907.html there's this sentence: "Kuznetsova returned to the court, and proceeded to take down her opponent and win 7-5, 1-6, 7-5."
My personal conclusion is that it somply means "she beat her opponent." However, I am not sure if it's just clear "beat" or it expresses something more emotional like "beat someone badly" or something. Can anybody help?