Angelique Kerber at Miami Open

While Serena, who is an eight-time champion at Key Biscayne missed out the tournament due to a knee injury but their father and coach, 75-year-Richard is attending the event for the first time in almost a year after going through health issues.

"He really wanted it for me". Or, as she put it in classic Konta-speak after beating Williams: "I'm just very pleased that I was able to capitalise on a few more opportunities than her". "I've won a lot of matches this year".

With the local crowd that included her popcorn-munching father Richard behind her, Williams, a three-time victor at Miami, broke Kerber four times. Down 6-4 in a third-set tiebreaker to Tomas Berdych, the situation was officially dire.

But then, the Czech dug deep and came out fighting. Certain things that can change within a match, regardless of the game plan. He lost at Indian Wells in the third round after leading 6-1, 5-2 against Japan's Yoshihito Nishioka.

"I don't know what I was thinking", Kyrgios said. Should I destroy the table?

"I m hoping it s third-time lucky", she said. "I think my second serve was effective as well today". "It's going to be fine".

The result epitomised their starts to the season. That match was won by the Briton, who defeated the Dane in straight sets.

Williams fought back strongly in the second set, breaking to go up 3-1. For one of Konta's major weapons in this match will be her serve return. Konta is unlikely to have the same empty feeling in the pit of her stomach this time around.

"But I am looking forward to it, it is going to be a battle and I will try my best". "Caroline makes you work".

Wozniacki, displaying a variety of shots in addition to her dogged retrieving, rallied to beat No. 2 seed Karolina Pliskova 5-7, 6-1, 6-1 in the semifinals on Thursday afternoon.

Venus also saw it as an appropriate time to finally address her father's comments of several years ago that he hadn't anticipated her playing much beyond her mid-20s. She is yet to drop a set and the biggest test was in a momentum-shifting first set with Garbiñe Muguruza, storming through the tie-break before the Spaniard retired with illness.

Pliskova came out firing in the opening set, ripping 24 winners and earning a late break point to take the early advantage.

It was a "performance that reiterates her credentials to play at the top end of the women's game", says the Daily Mail.

Halep, meanwhile, got down on herself after losing the second set tiebreak to Konta.

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

"I'm definitely positive", she said.

"I worked my way into the match".

  • Julie Sanders