In a repeat of their third round encounter in the Australian Open, Johanna Konta faces Caroline Wozniacki for the Miami crown. Will Wozniacki take her revenge, or will Konta claim her first Premier Mandatory title?
(10) Johanna Konta (No.11) vs (12) Caroline Wozniacki (No.14)
Overview: Johanna Konta has been impressive in Miami. Capitalising on an easier draw, Konta made it into the quarterfinals without facing a Top 50 player. However it wasn’t that easy for the Brit. She endured a three-set titanic over qualifier Aliaksandra Sasnovich, a straight sets victory over Pauline Parmentier, and a 7-5 6-1 win over Lara Arruabarrena, where she wasn’t playing her beat tennis at all. She started regaining her form back in the quarterfinals. After being down two points from victory against Simona Halep, Konta fought in the second set and finally took it in a tiebreaker. A demoralised Halep gave away the decider to Konta, but it was the first time that we hae seen Konta play so well in Miami. In the semifinals, Konta beat Venus Williams in teo which was an exciting contest, full of winners. She’ll need to do that if she wants to beat Wozniacki.
Caroline Wozniacki has been so solid this season. Making finals in Doha and Dubai and a quarterfinal in Indian Wells, she came into the Miami Open with confidence. Indeed, she went all the way here to make her third final of the year. It was smooth sailing for the Dane, not dropping a set while beating Varvara Lepchenko, Sorana Cirstea, Garbiñe Muguruza and Lucie Safarova. Her true test came in the form of Karolina Pliskova in the semis. She dropped the first set despite having set points, but came back strong, only dropping two games in the last two sets.
Head to head: Surprsingly, these two have only met once – at this year’s Australian Open, where Wozniacki was overwhelmed by the Konta firepower.
Thoughts: It’s a difficult choice on who to pick – Wozniacki is brimming with confidence, but so is Konta. However, Wozniacki is the one who has been playing better in Miami – so I’ll give the slight advantage, since the courts suit her as well. But Konta has the more consistent serve – and will definitely attack the Wozniacki second serve. This match will likely be determined by who can break serve the most.
Prediction: Wozniacki to defeat Konta in three