By Justin Ross
In Thursday's Miami Open action, both semifinals contests were played. World No. 14 Caroline Wozniacki will battle world No. 11 Johanna Konta for the Miami Open title.
First, it was Wozniacki over world No. 3 Karolina Pliskova 5-7, 6-1, 6-1.
Pliskova started the opening set with a 4-2 lead. Wozniacki bounced back to go up 5-4, but Pliskova wouldn’t quit. She saved three set points, and with momentum, the world No. 3 took three straight games for the 7-5 set win.
Wozniacki showed tremendous composure to rebound. She opened up the second set with three straight wins, and from there, Pliskova didn’t have an answer. Wozniacki claimed 12 of the last 14 games with 6-1 victories in the second and third set. Pliskova finished the match with 46 unforced errors compared to 23 for Wozniacki.
“I’m not sure how I managed to do that. It’s definitely tough to lose that first set, especially after you had set points. It hits you a little bit,” the Denmark native said. “But, I got a good start in the second set and that got me going, got me grinding.”
Wozniacki is now 4-1 in head-to-head play with Pliskova. Her lone loss against the Czech native came in February.
Wozniacki’s run to the finals includes wins over Lucie Safarova, Sorana Cirstea, Varvara Lepchenko, and Garbine Muguruza. This will be her second finals appearance in 2017.
At night, Konta got the better of world No. 12 Venus Williams 6-4, 7-5. The British native is now 3-1 against the American legend, despite the fact that 13 of the past 19 finals in Miami have featured a Williams sister.
At 2 hours, this was a long battle for a match that ended in straight sets. Konta’s youthful energy at age 25 quite possibly could’ve contributed to her extended mobility that gave her the upper-hand against the older Williams.
Konta is 1-0 in career play against Wozniacki with a win in January at the Australian Open. Both competitors will be going for their first Miami Open crown.
“Against Caroline, I'm definitely going to be looking forward to playing a lot of balls and a lot of tough points. She's one of the best athletes in the game. She ran a marathon for goodness sake. I'm sure it'll be a match where I'll be running for a lot of balls. Hopefully, we'll give a great match for the final,” said Konta.
The women’s finals will take place Saturday.
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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