Johanna Konta had an absolute breakthrough fortnight at the Miami Open this year - here are seven things the British No.1 achieved with her run to the Premier Mandatory title these last two weeks:
She won the biggest title of her career. The third WTA title of Konta’s career is by far her biggest - her first two came at regular Premier-level events at Stanford last year and Sydney earlier this year.
She set a new career-high ranking of No.7. She’s risen from No.11 to No.7 this week, surpassing her previous career-high of No.9. She’s the fourth-highest-ranked British woman in WTA history after Virginia Wade (career-high No.2), Sue Barker (career-high No.4) and Jo Durie (career-high No.5).
She became the first British woman to win Miami. In fact, she’s the only British woman to even make the quarterfinals in Miami, and she’s done it twice now - she was a quarterfinalist last year.
She maintained her head-to-head dominance over three big names. By beating Halep, Venus and Wozniacki in the quarterfinals, semifinals and final in Miami, Konta continued to dominate those three head-to-heads - she’s now 2-0 against Halep, 3-1 against Venus and 2-0 against Wozniacki.
She also brought Venus back into the Top 10 with her. By beating Wozniacki in the final, Konta kept the Dane out of the Top 10 - instead Venus is now Top 10 again, moving from No.12 to No.10.
She moved to No.2 in the race to the WTA Finals. Konta rises from No.9 to No.2 on the Road To Singapore leaderboard, the year-long race to the WTA Finals. Karolina Pliskova is No.1 in the race.
She improved to 19-3 on the year. And two of the three losses could have easily gone the other way - she lost to Katerina Siniakova in the semifinals of Shenzhen, 1-6 6-4 6-4, despite leading 4-2 third set, and she fell to Caroline Garcia in the third round of Indian Wells, 3-6 6-3 7-6(1). Her only decisive loss came against Serena Williams in the quarterfinals of the Australian Open, 6-2 6-3.
Konta also improved to 5-1 against Top 20 players this year (she’s 21-14 against them in her career).
Here are some highlights from Konta’s championship win over Wozniacki on Saturday: