By Justin Ross
In today’s round of play at the Miami Open, the second semifinals matchup in the women’s draw was determined. It will be world No. 11 Johanna Konta taking on world No. 12 Venus Williams.
Both doubles semifinals matchups were finalized as well. The No. 5 seeded duo of Yun-Jan Chan and Martina Hingis will face the No. 3 seeded team of Sania Mirza and Barbora Strycova. The other matchup will pit the No. 4 seeded team of Andrea Hlavackova and Shuai Peng against the unseeded team of Gabriela Dabrowski and Yifun Xu.
First, it was Britain’s Johanna Konta who came back from a set deficit to defeat Romania’s Simona Halep 3-6, 7-6(7), 6-2.
During the second set, Halep had a critical chance to take the match, but Konta rallied to win the tiebreak.
Despite going 6-of-8 on break points in the second set, Halep’s 6 double-faults hurt her chance to close the contest. Konta is now 3-1 in head-to-head matches.
“I think it was important for me to keep fighting and to keep -- yeah, to stay very present. I think there wasn't that much momentum at that point in that match necessarily in her corner, so I think I also just stayed very aware that although she was serving for the match, I was still very much in there,” said Konta. “I really tried to just fight every single point and stay very present.”
Konta’s road to the semis includes victories over Lara Arruabarrena and Pauline Parmentier. She also becomes the first person from Great Britain to reach the semis in Miami, and she joins Pliskova as the only semifinalists to capture a WTA Tour title in 2017.
At night, the tournament’s only remaining American and previous winner in Venus Williams defeated world No. 1 Angelique Kerber 7-5, 6-3.
With the win, the tournament’s oldest remaining participant, Williams, 36, and youngest, Pliskova, 25, both will play in the semis. Williams is also the only remaining player to have a Grand Slam title with seven total.
"It was an interesting match. I was controlling it. I had more errors than I like and lower first serve percentage than I would like. For me, I'm looking at it from a standpoint of how can I get better." Williams said.
The American’s road to the semifinals includes victories over Beatriz Haddad Maia, Patricia Maria Tig and Svetlana Kuznetsova.
With the loss, Kerber is now 0-4 against top 20 opponents this season. She still leads the head-to-head series with Williams 4-3.
In doubles action, Chan and Hingis defeated Andreja Klepac and Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez 6-4, 6-2, while Dabrowski and Xu defeated the Russian duo of Ekaterina Makarova and Elena Vesnina 7-6(3), 6-1.
Semis action takes place Thursday as Williams squares off with Konta and Wozniacki faces Pliskova.
Konta is 2-1 in head-to-head play with Williams, while Wozniacki is 3-1 in career meetings with Pliskova. Pliskova, Williams and Wozniacki are yet to drop a set in the tournament.
Check out the full results here: http://miamiopen.com/live-scoring-2017
Check out the schedule of match play here: http://miamiopen.com/2017-draws-and-order-of-play
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