Konta becomes first British women to reach Miami Open quarters, but loses to in-form Azarenka

Johanna Konta
Johanna Konta

Eastbourne tennis star Johanna Konta became the first British woman to reach the Miami Open quarter-finals this week.

The British number one continued her fairytale nine months by winning three matches in Key Biscayne before losing out to an in-form Victoria Azarenka.

After a first round bye, Konta saw off world number 51 Danka Kovinic (Montenegro) 6-4, 6-2 in round two before scraping past 96th-ranked Elena Vesnina (Russia) 4-6, 6-1, 7-6 in round three.

Konta then took out 33rd-ranked Monica Niculescu (Romania) 6-2, 6-2 in the last 16 only to be beaten 6-4, 6-2 by world number eight Azarenka (Belarus) in just over 90 minutes on Wednesday night.

The 24-year-old Konta, making her debut in Miami, failed to convert any of her five break points against Azarenka, who is on course for back-to-back titles after beating Serena Williams in Indian Wells recently.

“I do believe the few chances that I was able to create, she did an incredible job,” Konta told BBC Sport. “I think maybe bar one, when I felt I could have maybe made a return - I think she really did win every single point. She definitely kept her claws in there and she took it way from me.”

The Briton is in line to move up to 21st in the world rankings and will next head to Stuttgart for the clay-court season.

Konta, who was ranked 151st in the world this time last year, was playing in the quarter-finals of a WTA Premier event for the first time.

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