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KONTA CLAIMS MIAMI OPEN CROWN, CONQUERS WOZNIACKI FOR BIGGEST CAREER TITLE

British No.1 Johanna Konta took home her first Premier Mandatory title at the Miami Open, dismissing former World No.1 Caroline Wozniacki in straight sets.

MIAMI, FL, USA - No.10 seed Johanna Konta put on an emphatic performance to knock out former World No.1 Caroline Wozniacki, 6-4, 6-3, to win the biggest title of her career at the Miami Open.

"It's all kind of sinking in," Konta said. "I think going into any match, but also against someone like Caroline who's such as athlete and can really stay out there as long as she needs to, it was really important for me to straightaway assert myself in the manner I wanted to play just so I had it clear in my head and give myself the best chance of executing what I wanted to tactically."

Konta was playing in her second Premier Mandatory final out of the last three, having finished runner-up at the China Open last fall. Fresh off a third straight win over five-time Wimbledon winner Venus Williams, Konta played with relentless aggression against Wozniacki on Saturday, hitting 33 winners to just 19 unforced errors to wrap up the match in one hour, 35 minutes.

Konta got off to a quick start in the opening set, breaking at love in the first game, before the two-time US Open finalist hit back to level the opening set. The Brit led by a break twice in the opener before delivering the deciding one in the ninth game, with assistance from two double faults off of Wozniacki's racket.

Forced to save two break points in the final game of the first, Konta came up clutch when it mattered, and wrapped up the 46-minute opener with a serve down the tee and a cross-court forehand winner.

"I tried to fight. She played really aggressively. She played well," Wozniacki commented. "You know, I kind of gave the game away at 4-All in the first set, and then missed a couple break points at 4-5. Those are the ones that you need to take if you want to win a match like this."

 

 

The second set began in similar fashion, as Konta broke serve on her sixth opportunity in a lengthy first game, only to see Wozniacki hit back by winning the next two games to take her first lead of the match. With the set finely poised in the sixth game, Konta came through a hold after being forced to deuce for the first time in the set, running off the last four games to win her biggest career title.

"I think quite honestly there wasn't any key moment in that match," Konta assessed. "Until the end that wasn't too much in it. I think, yeah, I mean, I tried to not wish time away and to really stay out there as long as possible and really enjoy competing. I think even when it was finished I was expecting more points to come."

 

 

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. For Wozniacki, she will sit just outside the world's top 10 on Monday, but rank at No.3 on the Road to Singapore.

"I think I can take a lot out of these two weeks," the Dane added. "It was a good run. I can take a lot out of this first part of year in general. I think I can take a lot of positives from that and just build on it. That's what I'm going to do. I'm going to learn from the things that I can do better, but at the same time not beat myself up too much and just keep working and doing what I'm doing."

 

 

"I think I've always had the belief of wanting to become a Grand Slam champion, wanting to become the best in the world," Konta said. "I think that stays throughout, with every player I imagine, their career. Without that, I don't think it makes...victories as sweet and I think also the defeats as motivating. I think that stays.

"I just want to work and try to really bring out in myself the most that I have. Wherever that gets me that's where it will get me, but hopefully the day I hang up my racquets I will be able to say that I really maximized my full ability and everything inside me."

 

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This article was first seen on www.wtatennis.com.

 

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