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Wozniacki - Konta to clash in Miami Open final

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Former world no.1 Caroline Wozniacki and British rising star Johanna Konta will battle it out for the Miami Open title after registering contrasting wins in their respective semi-final encounters on Thursday.

Wozniacki was the first to advance, reaching her first ever Miami Open final with a come-from-behind 5-7, 6-1, 6-1 victory over Czech Karolina Pliskova. The match seemed to be going Pliskova's way after she saved three set points in the 10th game and went on to take the first set, but the contest then took a surprising turn.

Wozniacki kept up her solid play off the ground, while Pliskova committed a barrage of unforced errors over the final two sets to go down meekly in two hours and 16 minutes. For the match, Pliskova made 46 unforced errors, double the number committed by Wozniacki. The Dane struck 26 winners, 13 fewer than her opponent.

By advancing to the championship match of this hard-court tournament, the 12th-seeded Wozniacki is now the player with the fourth-most final appearances at WTA Premier Mandatory events since 2009 (six), trailing only Russia's Maria Sharapova (nine) and American Serena Williams and Belarus' Victoria Azarenka (eight apiece).

In the second semi-final, Konta stunned former champion Venus Williams, in two hard fought sets, 6-4, 7-5.

Konta shared after her win, "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. 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's win will earn her a return to the top 10 when the revised WTA rankings are released on Monday.