Venus Williams Moves Towards First Title at Key Biscayne

Johanna Konta stunned Simona Halep on the way to her first semi-final in Miami, indeed she was the first British woman to make the Miami Open semi-final.

Nadal saved four break points in the early stages of the second set before going on to clinch a 6-2, 6-3 victory.

Denmark's Caroline Wozniacki and the tournament's second seed Karolina Pliskova of the Czech Republic are set to meet in the other semi-final after they were both victorious yesterday. That's when Williams hit her groove, at one point winning 11 points in a row and claiming a commanding 4-1 lead.

Eventually, down 7-8, Halep netted a forehand, and Konta had thrown herself the lifeline of a decider.

"I was so close to winning, I was two points away in the tiebreak, but she played very strong and deserved to win today", Halep said.

Williams, also a three-time victor in Miami, and Kerber traded breaks twice in the first set before the 11th seed claimed the decisive one in the 12th game.

With Halep taking the initiative in the opening set, it was a gutsy and indeed edgy fightback from the Brit culminating in snatching the tie-break and in a way breaking what little will Halep had left having recorded her best run in a tournament all season.

She fluffed her first attempt to serve the match out, but again bounced straight back to break Williams to love and made no mistake at the second attempt, closing it out 7-5, with match point being converted shortly after midnight local time. "It's an fantastic feeling to be better than the World No. 1".

Venus said she could hear her father on the sidelines.

Unlike her opponent, Konta did not falter, and - exhausted - secured the win.

Konta's previous match against Halep was a classic, when they met in the 2015 WTA Wuhan and Konta progressed 6-3, 3-6, 7-5, and this one proved to be no different. Venus just won against Angelique Kerber, the number 1 Tennis player in the world.

"There wasn't much in it so for me to come through that leaves me feeling very happy and maybe a bit lucky".

"Whoever I'm playing, I'll have a battle on my hands that's for sure", Konta said.

Venus Williams improved to 61-13 all-time at the Miami Open-an event she considers her hometown event as she lives just 90 minutes north in Palm Beach Gardens.

  • Julie Sanders