Miami Open: Johanna Konta beats Simona Halep to reach semi-finals

British number one Johanna Konta produced a superb battling display to reach the Miami Open semi-finals with victory over Romania’s Simona Halep.

Tenth seed Konta gave up the only break of the first set but hit back to race into a 3-0 lead early in the second.

Third seed Halep recovered to force a tie-break but Konta dug deep to take it to a decider, which she won at a canter en route to a 3-6 7-6 (9-7) 6-2 win.

Konta now faces either Venus Williams or world number one Angelique Kerber.

The other semi-final will be between Caroline Wozniacki and Karolina Pliskova.

Halep, who saved a match point in her win over Sam Stosur in the previous round, edged an even first set thanks to a lone break of the Konta serve, but struggled at the start of the second as Konta took control.

The Briton was just a point away from opening a 4-0 lead but that was the cue for Halep to push again, claiming a vital hold and breaking in the next to get the set back on service.

“I went up to a 3-0 lead and had chances to go 4-0 up, but she’s an incredible player and I knew it wouldn’t be over until we shook hands,” said Konta.

An unpredictable second set was decided in Konta’s favour after a scrappy tie-break, after which a clearly rattled Halep was unable to find her rhythm as Konta eased away to victory in two and a half hours.

“I’m really happy to have come through and am looking forward to the next round,” added Konta. “It’s going to be a tough one.”

Source – BBC 

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