Miami Open: Konta breaks Venus Williams

Ross Houston
April 2, 2017

Kyrgios, though, has added greater control to his always explosive game and finished strong to set up a fascinating clash with Federer.

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. Konta took the third set 6-2.

Johanna Konta of Great Britain shakes hands with Venus Williams after winning their semifinal at the Miami Open.

At 6-foot-1, Williams is two inches taller, which gives her an advantage.

Wozniacki advanced to the final with a 5-7, 6-1, 6-1 win. "I'm looking forward to playing again".

"He really wanted it for me". Then Wozniacki gradually ground her down with exemplary ball-striking and all-world defense. Despite the defeat, the German will keep her top ranking next week.

Nadal's opponent on Friday will be Fabio Fognini, who became the first unseeded player in 10 years to reach the men's semis at Key Biscayne when he beat 2016 runner-up Kei Nishikori, 6-4, 6-2. But, the Briton promptly broke back before levelling the set at 3-3.

Despite letting victory slip through her fingers, Halep took comfort from a good showing at the tournament. From then the Brit dominated the deciding third set and eventually won going away. She is primed for a win on the 2017 WTA Tour. "Is she from Australia?' I'm like, 'this is kind of awkward".

The game against the 36-year-old is going to be pretty tough.

To everyone's surprise, Karolina Pliskova lost to Mirjana Lucic-Baroni in the Australian Open quarterfinal from what had been an advantageous position in the third set.

He watched her older daughter's quarterfinal in the photo pit along the baseline while taking a dig at popcorns.

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. Even Lucic-Baroni felt Pliskova's performance was close to flawless.

Having her first comfortable service hold of the night, Williams held her serve to love as she ensured that she stayed in the set for at least one more game and forced Konta to serve for the first set under a massive amount of pressure. However, the only time that Pliskova got the better of Wozniacki came recently in Doha, where the Czech star dominated her in straights.

For Pliskova, it all comes down to how well she serves.

"I was like, 'Wait, that doesn't happen very often, especially against her, '" Wozniacki said when she looked at the stat sheet.

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