Brit Johanna Konta beats Wozniacki in Miami Open final

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After her victory, Konta praised the crowd who had supported her during the matches.

"But it's also a great thing we promote tennis there".

Back in October Konta became the first British woman to crack the world's top 10 since 1984, and can now restore a single-figure ranking if she can dispatch Wozniacki. "Obviously it's always talked about Indian Wells/Miami", she said.

"I was very fortunate that throughout the years I've managed to have some very, very good people around me", she said.

"I remember I played very well that match".

Wozniacki has been at this level many times before, the comparative experience level of the two players emphasising just how much of a relative newcomer Konta remains at this level. I played Radwanska in that final and now I am playing Wozniacki in the final here.




The 25-year-old's success in Florida is her third Women's Tennis Association title, but her first Premier Mandatory class victory, the top level of competition of the tour. I did play very well and also until the very end I knew that it was never for certain. "I think even when it was finished I was expecting more points to come". She's there until the very, very last ball. British 10th seed Konta used an aggressive game plan to overcome Danish 12th seed Wozniacki on the Crandon Park hardcourt. "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".

But instead she suffered a third final defeat of 2017 - following losses to Elina Svitolina in the Dubai Championships and to Karolina Pliskova in the Qatar Open. She ran a marathon for goodness sake.

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.

"I think the belief has been there since I was a little girl", said Konta, who will rise to seventh on Monday.

She clinched the match with a lob that landed just on the line as the despairing Wozniacki chased back. "I was hoping it would be third final lucky this year, but I'll have to go for a fourth".

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