Johanna Konta has become the first British woman to reach the final at the Miami Open after overcoming Venus Williams 6-4, 7-5, in a tense two-hour clash.
The significance of the clash was evident with nerves striking both players. Williams was bidding to reach her first Miami final since 2010. Meanwhile, Konta knew a win on Thursday would elevate her back inside the world’s top 10. As a consequence 27 break point opportunities occurred in the match (17 for Konta and ten for Williams). Eventually the titanic clash suffered an anticlimactic ending with Konta grabbing back-to-back breaks as she claimed 12 out of the last 14 points played in the match.
“To be honest, there was so little in that going either way. Both of us had a lot of momentum shifts.”Said Konta.
“So there really was hardly anything in that, and I’m just very happy that I was able to keep it in good perspective. I still took the good things. Even with those games that I lost where I had chances, I think I still saw that I was playing the right way and it was still going to be the way that was going to bring me the best chance of coming through.”
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