BRITAIN’S WOMEN’S number one tennis player, Johanna Konta took the biggest title of her career with victory over Caroline Wozniacki as she became the first British woman to win the Miami Open.
The 25-year-old overpowered her Danish opponent – a former world number one – 6-4 6-3, taking home £940,000 in prize money in claiming what was her third WTA Tour success from a fourth final.
Konta, who defeated seven times Grand Slam champion Venus Williams in straight sets in the Miami Semi final, won her first WTA title in July 2016 at the Bank of the West Classic, was defeated in the China Open Final in October 2016 and in January triumphed at the Sydney International without dropping a set. But this was her first success at a higher level – the top ‘Premier Mandatory’ rung of the WTA Tour.
Having beaten Wozniacki, in their only previous meeting – in straight sets at the third round of this year’s Australian Open – Konta was pre-match favourite and she held her nerve with a strong all-round performance to edge her opponent in a tight match.
Konta, who in June 2015 was the world number 146, will climb to seventh from 11th in the rankings – her highest yet. “Thank you so much to the crowd,” Konta said.
“You guys were incredible through the whole week. Miami is such an energetic city and you guys really bring that to the court.”
Roger Federer once again rolled back the years at the same event, to win the Mens Miami title for the third time in his career. The 35-year-old built on January’s Australian Open win and his March Indian Wells success with a convincing 6-3 6-4 win over the Spaniard to continue his remarkable start to the season.
The pair shared 10 break points in the opening set, with Federer the only man to take one to crucially move 5-3 up. He exuded control throughout, breaking at 4-4 in the second and serving out.
The Swiss number one, who expects to take a couple of months off before returning for the French Open at Roland Garros in July, speaking to the press after Sunday’s victory said:
“The dream continues. It’s been a fabulous couple of weeks. What a start to the year, thank you to my team and all who have supported me, especially in my more difficult challenging times last year.”
PHOTO: Britain’s Johanna Konta after the biggest win of her career over Caroline Wozniacki at the Miami Open last Sunday