Johanna Konta beats Caroline Wozniacki in Miami to claim biggest title of career
Johanna Konta v Caroline Wozniacki 6-4 6-3

Johanna Konta beats Caroline Wozniacki in Miami to claim biggest title of career

02/04/2017

Johanna Konta completed a 6-4 6-3 win over Caroline Wozniacki in the Miami Open final to move up to a career-high number seven in the world.

Konta, 25, had predicted a marathon final against Wozniacki on the Crandon Park hardcourt, but the 10th seed had too much power for Danish 12th seed in claiming the title in straight sets.

It is the biggest win by a British women since Virginia Wade lifted the Wimbledon title with victory over Betty Stove in 1977.

Konta is the number two player in the world this year, and now holds titles in Sydney, Stanford and Miami.

Konta, who ousted number three seed Simona Halep in a marathon quarter-final match, also became the first British woman to win a WTA Premier Mandatory event.

The victory meant the 25-year-old moved to a career-high seventh in the world rankings, beating her previous best of ninth last autumn.

Both women were competing in their first Miami Open final, but, while Wozniacki was in search of her first win of the year, Konta had already won the Apia International in Sydney.

Konta got off to the dream start with a break of Wozniacki's serve in the first game of the match and then held her own to take a 2-0 lead with an ace.

The Dane, who was contesting her third final of the year after Doha and Dubai, got into her groove with her next service game to hold, but called over her father for a coaching session just 10 minutes into the match during changeover.

Whatever was said seemed to make a difference as the former world number one hit four points in a row to break back and level at 2-2.

The duo had a closer battle in the fifth, but Konta found her way to break Wozniacki's serve for the second time to edge back ahead before the next two games went with serve.

The Briton still had the upper hand, though, but a fired up Wozniacki, who repeatedly gave determined looks to her box, pushed her repeatedly to advantage on her next service game before claiming a break which levelled the opening set up at 4-4.

Konta hit back quickly though and again broke her opponent before firing in some great serves to clinch the first set.

The Sydney-born player, who made it to the quarter-finals of the event last year on her debut, targeted Wozniacki's forehand to good effect, claiming yet another break in the first game of the second set.

However, the see-saw nature of the final continued, as 26-year-old Woznizcki immediately broke back before holding her own to take a 2-1 lead.

The Dane received attention and had her right foot and ankle strapped in a medical time-out, but continued with the match, which went with serve to see Wozniacki 3-2 ahead in the second.

Konta held her next serve before breaking Wozniacki and holding again to lead 5-3, putting her one game away from the title.

The pressure was all on Wozniacki's service game and Konta moved to championship point with a blistering return before claiming the title after a Hawkeye check on her winning lob.

Related news

Roger Federer charges into second round

Roger Federer charges into second round

Roger Federer kicked off his season with a commanding victory over Aljaz Bedene in the Australian Open first round.

Garbine Muguruza eases through opening test

Garbine Muguruza eases through opening test

Garbine Muguruza sailed into the Australian Open second round with a 6-4 6-3 win over France’s Jessika Ponchet.

Novak Djokovic back with a bang as he enjoys impressive win over Donald Young

Novak Djokovic back with a bang as he enjoys impressive win over Donald Young

Novak Djokovic enjoyed a dream return as he hammered Donald Young 6-1 6-2 6-4.

Alexander Zverev earns straight-sets win in first round

Alexander Zverev earns straight-sets win in first round

Men’s fourth seed Alexander Zverev enjoyed a straight-sets victory over Thomas Fabbiano 6-1 7-6(5) 7-5, to make the second round of the Australian Open.

Maria Sharapova safely through after win over Maria Tatjana

Maria Sharapova safely through after win over Maria Tatjana

Maria Sharapova cruised into the second round of the Australian Open with a 6-1 6-4 win over Tatjana Maria of Germany on Margaret Court Arena.

Jo Konta crushes Madison Brengle to race into second round

Jo Konta crushes Madison Brengle to race into second round

British number one Johanna Konta raced through her first-round match at the Australian Open, beating Madison Brengle of the United States 6-3 6-1 in just an hour.

Karolina Pliskova eases into second round with win over Veronica Cepede Royg

Karolina Pliskova eases into second round with win over Veronica Cepede Royg

Sixth seed Karolina Pliskova breezed into the second round of the 2018 Australian Open with a 6-3 6-4 win over Veronica Cepede Royg.

Nadal eases past Estrella Burgos in one-sided opener

Nadal eases past Estrella Burgos in one-sided opener

Rafael Nadal opened his Australian Open campaign with a routine 6-1 6-1 6-1 win over veteran journeyman Victor Estrella Burgos on Rod Laver Arena.

Nick Kyrgios completes easy win after swearing at fan

Nick Kyrgios completes easy win after swearing at fan

Nick Kyrgios completed a 6-1 6-2 6-4 win over Rogerio Dutra Silva in the Australian Open first round, but predictably his progress was not without controversy.

RELATED NEWS

Roger Federer charges into second round
Roger Federer v Aljaz Bedene 6-3 6-4 6-3

Roger Federer charges into second round

Roger Federer kicked off his season with a commanding victory over Aljaz Bedene in the Australian Open first round.

Garbine Muguruza eases through opening test
Garbine Muguruza v Jessika Ponchet 6-4 6-3

Garbine Muguruza eases through opening test

Garbine Muguruza sailed into the Australian Open second round with a 6-4 6-3 win over France’s Jessika Ponchet.

Novak Djokovic back with a bang as he enjoys impressive win over Donald Young
Novak Djokovic v Donald Young 6-1 6-2 6-4

Novak Djokovic back with a bang as he enjoys impressive win over Donald Young

Novak Djokovic enjoyed a dream return as he hammered Donald Young 6-1 6-2 6-4.

Alexander Zverev earns straight-sets win in first round
Alexander Zverev v Thomas Fabbiano 6-1 7-6(5) 7-5

Alexander Zverev earns straight-sets win in first round

Men’s fourth seed Alexander Zverev enjoyed a straight-sets victory over Thomas Fabbiano 6-1 7-6(5) 7-5, to make the second round of the Australian Open.

Maria Sharapova safely through after win over Maria Tatjana
Maria Sharapova v Maria Tatjana 6-1 6-4

Maria Sharapova safely through after win over Maria Tatjana

Maria Sharapova cruised into the second round of the Australian Open with a 6-1 6-4 win over Tatjana Maria of Germany on Margaret Court Arena.

Jo Konta crushes Madison Brengle to race into second round
Jo Konta v Madison Brengle 6-3 6-1

Jo Konta crushes Madison Brengle to race into second round

British number one Johanna Konta raced through her first-round match at the Australian Open, beating Madison Brengle of the United States 6-3 6-1 in just an hour.

Karolina Pliskova eases into second round with win over Veronica Cepede Royg
Karolina Pliskova v Veronica Cepede Royg 6-3 6-4

Karolina Pliskova eases into second round with win over Veronica Cepede Royg

Sixth seed Karolina Pliskova breezed into the second round of the 2018 Australian Open with a 6-3 6-4 win over Veronica Cepede Royg.

Nadal eases past Estrella Burgos in one-sided opener
Rafael Nadal v Victor Estrella Burgos 6-1 6-1 6-1

Nadal eases past Estrella Burgos in one-sided opener

Rafael Nadal opened his Australian Open campaign with a routine 6-1 6-1 6-1 win over veteran journeyman Victor Estrella Burgos on Rod Laver Arena.

Nick Kyrgios completes easy win after swearing at fan
Nick Kyrgios v Rogerio Dutra Silva 6-1 6-2 6-4

Nick Kyrgios completes easy win after swearing at fan

Nick Kyrgios completed a 6-1 6-2 6-4 win over Rogerio Dutra Silva in the Australian Open first round, but predictably his progress was not without controversy.

16/01/2018
01:00 | Johanna Konta v Madison Brengle - WTA Australian Open
01:00 | Veronica Cepede Royg - Karolina Pliskova - WTA Australian Open
02:00 | ATP Australian Open
02:00 | WTA Australian Open
02:30 | Tatjana Maria v Maria Sharapova - WTA Australian Open
02:30 | Angelique Kerber v Anna-Lena Friedsam - WTA Australian Open
02:30 | Thomas Fabbiano v Alexander Zverev - ATP Australian Open
03:00 | David Goffin v Matthias Bachinger - ATP Australian Open
03:30 | Eugenie Bouchard v Oceane Dodin - WTA Australian Open
04:00 | Ricardas Berankis - Stan Wawrinka - ATP Australian Open
05:00 | Novak Djokovic v Donald Young - ATP Australian Open
05:00 | Simona Halep v Destanee Aiava - WTA Australian Open
06:00 | Thanasi Kokkinakis v Daniil Medvedev - ATP Australian Open
08:00 | Dominic Thiem v Guido Pella - ATP Australian Open
09:00 | Aljaz Bedene v Roger Federer - ATP Australian Open
09:00 | Garbine Muguruza v Jessika Ponchet - WTA Australian Open
09:00 | Roger Federer v Aljaz Bedene - ATP Australian Open
10:30 | Frances Tiafoe v Juan Martin del Potro - ATP Australian Open
11:30 | Ashleigh Barty v Aryna Sabalenka - WTA Australian Open
19:00 | Olympique Marseille - Strasbourg
20:45 | Leicester City - Fleetwood Town
21:00 | Monaco - Nice
17/01/2018
01:00 | Katerina Siniakova v Elina Svitolina - WTA Australian Open
01:00 | Daria Gavrilova v Elise Mertens - WTA Australian Open
01:00 | Alize Cornet v Julia Goerges - WTA Australian Open
01:00 | Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova v Kateryna Bondarenko - WTA Australian Open
01:00 | Grigor Dimitrov v Mackenzie McDonald - ATP Australian Open
01:00 | Nick Kyrgios v Viktor Troicki - ATP Australian Open
02:00 | ATP Australian Open
02:00 | WTA Australian Open
02:30 | Jana Fett v Caroline Wozniacki - WTA Australian Open
02:30 | Denis Shapovalov v Jo-Wilfried Tsonga - ATP Australian Open
02:30 | Belinda Bencic v Luksika Kumkhum - WTA Australian Open
04:00 | Rafa Nadal v Leonardo Mayer - ATP Australian Open
04:00 | Joao Sousa v Marin Cilic - ATP Australian Open
05:00 | Jelena Ostapenko v Duan Yingying - WTA Australian Open
19:00 | Guingamp - Olympique Lyon
20:45 | Chelsea - Norwich City
21:00 | PSG - Dijon
18/01/2018
02:00 | ATP Australian Open
02:00 | WTA Australian Open
19/01/2018
02:00 | ATP Australian Open
02:00 | WTA Australian Open
20:30 | Hertha - Borussia Dortmund
20:45 | Caen - Olympique Marseille
DERBY OF THE WEEK
Arsenal - Chelsea
Derby of the week
21:00
23/01/2018
Derby of the week
W 2.80    
   W 3.50
The odds are correct at the time of publishing
11-01-2018 10:30 and are subject to change
Football Live Scores
Tennis Live Scores