Konta beats Wozniacki for Miami WTA title

Johanna Konta became the first British woman to win the Miami Open with a 6-4 6-3 victory over Caroline Wozniacki.

"I'm not sure how I managed to do that", Wozniacki said.

For Wozniacki, the Dane's road to the title match has been much simpler, only dropping one set so far this entire tournament, In her first match, Wozniacki cruised past American Varvara Lepchenko 6-1, 6-2 before another comfortable victory over big-hitting Romanian Sorana Cirstea.

With Venus Williams continuing to belie her 36 years, Konta conceded she was relieved to edge through.

The Brit is set to rise to a career-high ranking of No.7 following her third career WTA title; more impressively, she'll move up to No.2 on the Road to Singapore leaderboard in the hopes of making her debut at the BNP Paribas WTA Finals Singapore presented by SC Global.

She improved to 19-3 this year. "I'd like to be the best player in the world but there's a lot of work to be done between now and then".

For Konta it signifies not only her second hardware of the year, but her biggest title to date, after perhaps failing to embrace the last occasion (the Beijing final, where she lost in straight sets to Agnieszka Radwanska). She ran a marathon for goodness sake.

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"I started working with her because I really believe she can win a Grand Slam if she keeps getting better like this". "I've won a lot of matches this year". That's what I'm going to do.

"I think I can take a lot out of these two weeks".

"I needed to go through certain life experiences, not just on court, off court as well, to I think make me into the competitor that I am and also the person off court".

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. I guess Miami may have a certain just more history possibly.

As Pliskova's first-serve percentage plummeted, Wozniacki stepped up her own game, winning 75 per cent of points on her own serve to wrap up what ultimately proved to be an easy win.

"The belief has been there since I was a little girl", she said.

  • Tabitha Byrd