Konta’s credentials improve as she dismisses Venus

Johanna Konta’s bid to become a genuine top ten player took a boost on Thursday evening in Miami as she cruised past Venus Williams to book a spot in the Miami Open final.

Konta, currently ranked 11th in the world, has briefly been apart of the world’s top ten however she is yet to secure the status of a player who really belongs.

That could be about to change though.

In her semi-final clash with Venus on Friday the Briton was mightily impressive as she won 6-4, 7-5.

It was a typically topsy-turvy women’s encounter where breaks of serve were frequent (there were eight in total) but Konta somehow seemed in control throughout.

She was able to match Venus’ power from the back of the court and moved the former world number one around the court very smartly.

"I think there was so little in [this match] to go either way, so I'm just very pleased that I was able to really capitalize on a few more opportunities than her," Konta told press after the match.

"Every time I get to play Venus I always look forward to the battle.

"She's also been playing such a high level so far this year. I think she's very fit, and so I had no doubt that she was going to be there until the very, very end."

Konta will meet with Caroline Wozniacki in the final of this top tier WTA event.

When questioned on the type of tennis fans should expect, Konta said there could be plenty of long points as a both players are extremely fit.

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

"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."

Konta hasn’t properly cracked the top ten. However, lifting the Miami Open title might just be the beginning of something.

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