Britain's Konta downs Venus to reach Miami final

Johanna Konta early yesterday morning became the first British woman to reach a Miami Open final when she outlasted U.S. veteran Venus Williams 6-4, 7-5.

Wozniacki will meet either No. 10 Johanna Konta or No. 11 Venus Williams in Saturday's final.

Wozniacki's final opponent will be the victor of Thursday's second semi between 11th-seeded American Venus Williams and Britain's number 10 seed Johanna Konta.

Things weren't looking good for Wozniacki after she dropped the first set to the second-seeded Pliskova Thursday afternoon.

Reflecting on her Australian Open win over Wozniacki, Konta said: "I remember I played very well that match".

In a match that ended just after midnight, Konta rallied from a 3-1 deficit in the second set and broke Williams five times.

The part-time Miami resident fought back against second-seeded Karolina Pliskova last night to win 5-7, 6-1, 6-1.

There was plenty of tension in the match-deciding tie-breaker, where Federer saved match point and then Berdych lost on a double-fault.

This will be the second consecutive time two double-digit seeds make the women's final at Key Biscayne, after No. 13 Victoria Azarenka beat No. 15 Svetlana Kuznetsova a year ago.

"This is one of the few tournaments where I've never made a finals", Wozniacki said, per the WTA's official site. "I don't necessary believe in open fields because every single player in this draw is world class".

She was able to match Venus' power from the back of the court and moved the former world number one around the court very smartly.

The Guardian says the Briton appears to have a "stranglehold" over the American: "Konta was just six years old when Williams first won the tournament 19 years ago and has cited the seven-time grand slam victor as one of her heroes".

"I would like to be No. 1", Williams said earlier this week.

"I just tried to find my rhythm and timing out there and also just try and hone in on what I was trying to achieve", Konta told BT Sport 1.

Berdych served for the match at 6-4 in the tiebreak, but Federer reeled off four points in a row, including two unplayable serves, and secured the victory when the Czech 10th seed crumbled with a awful second serve. "I think she's very fit, and so I had no doubt that she was going to be there until the very, very end".

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

The other top 10 players she must target on a regular basis are Garbiñe Muguruza, whom she has beaten twice in three matches, Svetlana Kuznetsova (1-0), Agnieszka Radwanska (1-2), Keys (1-1) and Elina Svitolina (0-2). I'll be doing a lot of running'.

She is smashing records and the next landmark facing her in Grand Slams will be Wade's 1977 mark - the last British woman to reach a Grand Slam final when she won Wimbledon.

  • Julie Sanders