Johanna Konta won her third and biggest WTA title by defeating former world number one Caroline Wozniacki in the final of the Miami Open. The victory will push the Briton to a new career-high ranking of number seven.
The tenth-seeded Konta opened the match with high-intensity tennis, racing to a 2-0 lead, while Wozniacki needed more time to warm up, but after a slow start the Dane leveled to 2-all. The 25-year-old Konta then again established dominance by going 4-2 up, and even though her more experienced opponent recovered to 4-all, persistent Konta broke her serve once more and served out the set in the tenth game. Stats clearly reveal Konta’s strength, with 18 winners to 8 unforced errors compared to Wozniacki’s 3 winners to 10 unforced errors.
In the second set, Wozniacki managed to lead for the first time in the match, from the third game (2-1) to the fifth game (3-2), after recovering from a break down at the opening of the set, but the twelfth seed’s brief stretch of confidence and superiority was very modest and it never included a break. Konta was on a mission, winning all the remaining games from 2-3 down, triumphing 6-4 6-3 and claiming $1,175,505 in prize money.
After a first-round bye at the Miami Open, Konta beat Aliaksandra Sasnovich in the second round, Pauline Parmentier in the third, Lara Arruabarrena in the fourth, survived being just points from defeat against third seed Simona Halep in the quarterfinals, then eliminated three-time Miami champion and eleventh seed Venus Williams, and finally the resurgent Wozniacki.