WTA MIAMI FINAL PREVIEW; two women, one throne

Doyle BarkerApr 02, 2017

Jo Konta touched heights unseen by a British woman in more than 30 years on Saturday night when she outplayed Caroline Wozniacki to win the Miami Open and achieve her biggest payday by far. "I think I can take a lot of positives from that and just build on it", Wozniacki said.

Konta got off to a blistering start, breaking Wozniacki's serve to love in the opening game.

Konta deserves credit for knocking Wozniacki off her game. She was ranked 150th in the world at the end of 2014 and improved to 47th in 2015, but her biggest improvement came previous year.

"Against Caroline, I'm definitely going to be looking forward to playing a lot of balls and a lot of tough points".

Konta already has a tournament win on the WTA tour this season, triumphing in Sydney and this is not her first premier final - she lost to Agnieszka Radwanska in the final of the China Open in Beijing in October.

There is undoubtedly a chance to consolidate her position in the World Top 10, but more importantly, the double-headers in Indian Wells and Miami are like mini-Slams, with play every other day for the field, it is a decent dress rehearsal for the stamina and mental fortitude to conquer the Slams. She has just two wins to her name (in Rome) a year ago, so barely any points to defend, but apart from Charleston, she has nothing else in the schedule until the next round of Premier Mandatories in Madrid and Rome.

Pliskova, who began the year with a title at Brisbane, was philosophical about her second semi-final loss of the month.

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. The 25-year-old earned the win after one of the match's best rallies. "I'm going to learn from the things that I can do better, but at the same time not beat myself up too much and just keep working and doing what I'm doing".

Both tennis players are part of that group which, in 2017, are taking advantage of the negative time of Radwanska, Simona Halep, Garbine Muguruza and Angelique Kerber. "It was a good run". Just a year younger than her vastly more experienced opponent, it really was a battle of wills in the first set.

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