Konta downs Venus to reach Miami final

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Federer makes semis, Wozniacki reaches Miami Open final
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02 April, 2017

The momentum swung back and forth so much, it left everyone feeling just a little giddy, as experience told time and time again as Wozniacki found a way twice to check Konta in her tracks from running away with it all.

Konta got off to a quick start in the opening set, breaking at love in the first game, before the two-time US Open finalist hit back to level the opening set. British 10th seed Konta used an aggressive game plan to overcome Danish 12th seed Wozniacki on the Crandon Park hardcourt.

The 25-year-old Konta received $1.18 million and will climb to a career-high No. 7 in the world rankings next week. "I'm looking forward to it, it is going to be a battle and I will try my best".

For Konta it signifies not only her second hardware of the year, but her biggest title to date, after perhaps failing to embrace the last occasion (the Beijing final, where she lost in straight sets to Agnieszka Radwanska).

"I think the fortunate position that I'm in is we have someone called Andy Murray who, bless him, has I think carried most of that weight on his shoulders", she said after her third straight win over Williams.

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An unpublished final. In fact, it is the first time that the two tennis players will face each other in the final act of a tournament.

Johanna Konta's fortunes continue to shine as she out-nerved Caroline Wozniacki for the biggest title of her career so far.

In her two finals this year, both in February, Wozniacki was beaten by Pliskova at Doha and by Ukrainian Elina Svitolina at Dubai.

As Pliskova's first-serve percentage plummeted, Wozniacki stepped up her own game, winning 75 per cent of points on her own serve to wrap up what ultimately proved to be an easy win. She ran a marathon for goodness sake. "I know that will be my challenge on Saturday", she said. She can play the same tournaments as me. "I think going into any match, but also against someone like Caroline who's such as athlete and can really stay out there as long as she needs to, it was really important for me to straightaway assert myself in the manner I wanted to play just so I had it clear in my head and give myself the best chance of executing what I wanted to tactically".


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