Konta scores another positive win
Jo Konta continues to make her way through the Miami Open field after recording another satisfactory win to make the fourth round of the WTA Mandatory event.
I’m happy that I’m still here and get to play another match
However, she will be facing Simona Halep next in what could be a preview of one of the Fed Cup ties when Britain meet Romania for a place in the World Group of the event at the end of next month.
Having opened her Miami campaign with a nervy result, the British No1 has subsequently settled and gone through comfortably and in her third match of the week, was tested by Lara Arruabarrena of Spain before emerging the 7-5 6-1 winner and setting up last-eight meeting with the third seed.
Konta will no doubt be pleased that Halep struggled somewhat before dispatching Sam Stosur 4-6 7-5 6-2 after saving a match point against her.
"I’m happy that I’m still here and get to play another match," Konta said before she found out she was facing Halep. "I don’t necessary believe in open fields because every single player in this draw is world class. So every match is as tough as the next."
Reflecting on her victory over the Spaniard, she added: "As the match went on, I felt clearer and clearer on how I wanted to play and what I wanted to do out there from my perspective.
"I’m quite happy I was able to execute that reasonably well. And also make it tough for her to stay in that match with the level that she was playing at."
In other matches Venus Williams defeated Svetlana Kuznetsova 6-3 7-6(4and will face in the next round, Angelique Kerber after the top seed cruised by Japanese qualifier Risa Ozaki 6-2 6-2.
Second seed Karolina Pliskova also reached the quarter-finals as she beat 15th-seeded Czech compatriot Barbora Strycova 6-1 6-4 but French Open champion Garbine Muguruza retired from her match with Caroline Wozniacki after dropping the first set. The sixth seed took a medical timeout after dropping the first set 7-6(1) when she decided she was unable to continue blaming the heat for dizzy spells she was experiencing.
Also through is Lucie Safarova who beat Slovakian fourth seed Dominika Cibulkova 7-6(5) 6-1 to reach the last eight