Johanna Konta defeated Caroline Wozniacki 6-4, 6-3 to win the Miami Open on Saturday — the biggest title won by a British woman in 40 years. Konta, who had never won an elite WTA premier mandatory event, will move to number seven in the world rankings with the victory. No British woman had ever won a premier mandatory event since the elite tier was introduced in 2009 and this was only the second time that Konta had even qualified for the Miami tournament.
It was a stellar performance from Konta, who now rises to a career-best position of No 7 in the world. In a match where both women’s serves came under heavy attack, she broke Wozniacki to love in the opening game and maintained her superiority throughout the next 95 minutes.
British tennis has not been without its successes on the women’s tour since 1977, the year Virginia Wade won Wimbledon. Jo Durie claimed a title in Sydney, Sara Gomer in Aptos and Annabel Croft in San Diego. But with a prize fund of around £950,000 for the winner, the Miami Open is one of the richest and most prestigious events on the WTA calendar, while also enjoying a long and vivid history as the former Lipton Championships.