Konta downs Williams
Johanna Konta secured a place in the Miami Open final with a straight sets win over Venus Williams for a third successive time.
There wasn’t much in it so for me to come through that leaves me feeling very happy and maybe a bit lucky
It is the first time that a British woman has reached the title round in Miami and she achieved it with some gritty play to score a 6-4 7-5 victory.
For the title itself she will have to overcome another former world No1, Caroline Wozniacki, which if she is successful would mean her second Premier Mandatory crown having won the Sydney event in January.
Her win over Venus took pride of place over the fact that she was in the championship round. “To get the chance to play Venus again and share the court with her, I always enjoy it,” she after her victory. “She is such a world class act so I feel very privileged to have had a battle against her.
“There wasn’t much in it so for me to come through that leaves me feeling very happy and maybe a bit lucky.”
KontaÈs ranking had slipped out of the top ten to 11, but the win ensures she is back up at least one place. However, should she win, her ranking could rise to seven but she needs to get the better of the Dane who has rediscovered some of her lost form.
Wozniacki, currently ranked 14th, ousted the in-form Karolina Pliskova 5-7 6-1 6-1 in what was a was an exhausting two-hour 17-minute battle.
Konta realizes she will have a fight on her hands. “Caroline is one of the best athletes on tour, that’s no secret so I know I am going to be running for a lot of balls and hitting a lot of balls so I am looking forward to it, it is going to be a battle and I will try my best,” the British No1 said.