Johanna Konta wins Miami Open title!

In the latest of this tennis throwback it is to Crandon Park in Miami when Johanna Konta won her biggest title to date!

Throughout her career Johanna Konta has made some incredible memories on the WTA tour not many will top her run to winning the Miami Open in 2017!

Jo was seeded 10th in Miami three years ago in what was only her second appearance at Crandon Park having made it to the quarter finals in her 2016 debut.

Outside of the majors Indian Wells and Miami are some of most popular with a Grand Slam field of players battling for the titles.

Winning one of these events can be tough because it is not any other week, you play every other day like a Grand Slam and with such an open field with everyone there it has that feeling of a major.

Jo’s rise up the rankings in a her career is just down to her never give up attitude on the court. Once she steps over that white line it is like watching a machine the way she digs deep and never drops her effort level.

In her first few rounds the Brit saw off qualifier Sasanovich before seeing off Parmentier and Arruabarrena to make the fourth round for the second year running.

Standing in her way of a first semi-final was Simona Halep. This match was probably the best of the tournament it defined the word intense and tested many nerves!

Simona Halep was a woman on a mission! The Romanian went up an early break and looked pretty unstoppable as she kept the Brit penned back with her incredible forehand. Jo managed to find her own range off the forehand but despite saving set points couldn’t stop Simona Halep taking the opener 6-3.

Simona Halep continued to stand strong but Jo stand in vital close contact with her as she broke the Romanian whilst she was serving for the match following a backhand wide of the tramline.

A 16 point tie-break which saw Halep have match points got away from her as she shanked an open court forehand into the net with Konta taking the match to a third set.

The forehand of Halep continued to go from strong to wayward and another poor forehand after some pressure from Konta sealed the first break of the third set and Konta for the first time led in the match.

From there on in it was straight forward for the Brit who from 2-2 won four games on the bounce including that break of serve to go on and advance to the semi-finals.

Next up was Venus Williams who just saw off world number one Angie Kerber, the American is a three time champion in Miami and over the last few years Jo and Venus have had some great battles.

The win against Halep gave Jo incredible confidence and her level of performance against Venus was outstanding as she won 6-4 7-5.

In the final it was another big battle against Caroline Wozniacki. Similar to the Dane the Brit never gives up and it made the rallies between them fun and brought out their best tennis.

Konta pulled Wozniacki around from the get go, getting that immediate break of serve showed there were no nerves from the British number one aiming for her biggest title of her career.

Wozniacki did get the break back as they two continued to exchange incredible rallies but in the ninth game Jo’s attacking tennis got that break back and went onto win the set 6-4.

Jo once again orchestrated an early break which was quickly snatched back by the Dane but Jo continued to be a pest for Wozniacki who usually does that job herself to others!

Konta sealed the title with an incredible lob which just kissed the back of the baseline as the Brit picked up her biggest career title!

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image credit – Getty Images

 

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