WTA Miami Open Semifinals Tennis Picks

If she does, Caroline Wozniacki, her opponent in the Miami Open final (1 p.m. ET on ESPN2 & the ESPN App) may help her get over it by putting Konta to work chasing the ball.

In the Head-To-Head clashes between the two, Konta edges out 2-1 over Venus.

"I'm definitely going to be looking forward to playing a lot of balls and a lot of tough points", Konta said, coming off a grueling semifinal shootout against Venus Williams. In the second set, it was Williams, who raced to a 3-1 lead after breaking Konta's serve in the fourth game. But she will remain No. 1 next week despite her loss and is staying positive.

Johanna Konta and Venus Williams meet Thursday in the semifinals in the 2017 Miami Open.

She hit a mediocre 26 winners, but more impressive were her net figures, converting 13 out of her 19 volleys - an indicator that the 26-year-old Dane is more attack-minded than in the past.

Wozniacki kept up her solid play off the ground, while Pliskova committed a barrage of unforced errors over the final two sets to go down meekly in two hours and 16 minutes. She will leapfrog three of them if she can find the potency she showed in beating Wozniacki 6-3, 6-1 at the Australian Open this year.

Beyond just the dazzling groundstrokes, Kyrgios vs. Zverev was a tightly contested match between two of the top young stars on the men's tour.

Thursday could very easily have been the end of the tournament for the 18-time Grand Slam champion, who entered the match having not dropped a set over eight consecutive matches at Indian Wells and Miami.

But there was no good explanation other than fatigue for the way Williams began missing routine rally shots as the third set hurtled toward its final games.

Third seed Halep recovered to force a tie-break but Konta dug deep to take it to a decider, which she won at a canter en route to a 3-6 7-6 (9-7) 6-2 win. She is a part-time Miami resident, sometimes trains on Key Biscayne, won the Orange Bowl junior title here in 2005 and has played the Miami Open 10 years in a row. "I think I didn't moved too well today, and made a lot of mistakes, which isn't normal for my game". "Yeah, I'm not sure how I managed to do that", she said. "But I got a good start to the second set and that got me going, got me grinding".

This time, it was Williams who had to maintain her composure at the crucial moments as she saved a massive amount of five break points in the third game of the set, preventing herself from lagging behind on the scoreboard as she continued the string of service holds. Victory in the final y would send her to No.8 in the world.

  • Julie Sanders