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Konta Conquers Venus For A Spot In Miami Open Final

  • ontennis
  • 31 March 2017
  • 11:03

Britain's Johanna Konta will play Caroline Wozniacki in the Miami Open final after a tight, straight sets battle against former champion Venus Williams, 6-4, 7-5.

The semifinal victory not only puts Konta through to her second Premier Mandatory final of her career, but it ensures that she'll return to the WTA's Top 10 when the rankings are released on Monday.

"I think there was so little in [this match] to go either way, so I'm just very pleased that I was able to really capitalize on a few more opportunities than her," Konta told press after the match. "Every time I get to play Venus I always look forward to the battle.

"She's also been playing such a high level so far this year. I think she's very fit, and so I had no doubt that she was going to be there until the very, very end."

Britain's Johanna Konta will play Caroline Wozniacki in the Miami Open final after a tight, straight sets battle against former champion Venus Williams, 6-4, 7-5.

The semifinal victory not only puts Konta through to her second Premier Mandatory final of her career, but it ensures that she'll return to the WTA's Top 10 when the rankings are released on Monday.

"I think there was so little in [this match] to go either way, so I'm just very pleased that I was able to really capitalize on a few more opportunities than her," Konta told press after the match. "Every time I get to play Venus I always look forward to the battle.

"She's also been playing such a high level so far this year. I think she's very fit, and so I had no doubt that she was going to be there until the very, very end."

But Konta stayed cool and weathered the momentum shifts - and the vocal Miami crowd - to hang on to her early lead, dodging two break points to put away the opening set.

Venus opened with a commanding hold to love, but that would be about as easy as it'd get for her in the rollercoaster second set. She had to dodge five break points in her very next service game as Konta kept her under constant pressure, the Brit's heavy groundstrokes forcing her deep behind the baseline.

The pair traded breaks twice as Konta struggled to serve out the match, being broken at 5-4 with Venus trying to force the tiebreak. But the Brit kept calm, taking the match on the second time of asking to close out the tense, two-hour battle for a spot in the final.

Up next, Konta - the first British woman to reach the final in Miami - will take on No.12 seed Wozniacki for a chance to take home the title.

"I'm definitely going to be looking forward to playing a lot of balls and a lot of tough points," she said. "She's one of the best athletes in the game. She ran a marathon for goodness sake. I'm sure it'll be a match where I'll be running for a lot of balls. Hopefully we'll give a great match for the final."

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