No. 10 seed Johanna Konta brute-forced former No. 1 Caroline Wozniacki off the court 6-4, 6-3 on Saturday to win the biggest title of her career at the Miami Open.
The Brit picked up where she left off from a powerful display in the semifinals against another world No. 1, Venus Williams. In the final Konta hit 33 winners to only 19 unforced errors.
“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,” she said.
In the first set Konta stayed in control with multiple service breaks, and in the second she also broke early before running away with it, pummeling both the first and second serve of Wozniacki.
“I tried to fight. She played really aggressively. She played well,” Wozniacki said. “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.”
Konta will rise to a career-high No. 7, and No. 2 in the 2017-only standings.
Konta won her second title of the year after Sydney, improving to 3-1 in career finals. Wozniacki fell to 0-3 in finals in 2017, and 25-20 career.
“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.”
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