Match Preview: Johanna Konta v Caroline Wozniacki

Hello everyone! I’m back from my school trip and I’m looking forward to getting back in to a consistent blogging schedule. I’ll be starting with this match preview of the upcoming Miami Open final happening later today. Konta has dropped two sets on the way to the final, one in the second round and the other in the quarterfinals, and got her best win of the week over Simona Halep in the quarterfinals. Wozniacki has dropped just the one set in the semifinals, which was also her best match as she beat Karolina Pliskova. Wozniacki enters this battle as the favourite.

Recent Form

Kona started the year playing some of the best tennis of her career as she reached the quarterfinals at the Australian Open before she fell to the eventual champion, she reached the semifinals at the International level event in Shenzhen before falling to the eventual champion and she won the Premier level Apia International Sydney. From there she struggled with a foot injury and fell in the third round of Indian Wells but she’s been looking healthy so far this tournament. Konta is at number 5 in the Road to Singapore with her run to the final but would go to number 2 if she won Miami. Wozniacki has had a relatively successful start to her season after reaching back to back quarterfinals at the ASB Classic and the Apia International Sydney but she was let down with a third round exit at the Australian Open from the hands of Konta. From there she reached back to back finals at the Premier and Premier 5 events in Doha and Dubai. She then made quarterfinals in Indian Wells and has carried on the form into Miami. This run to the final has already put her at number 2 in the Race to Singapore and if she today wins she will go to number 1 in the race.

Miami Form

Konta has only played at this tournament once before this year, which was when she reached the quarterfinals last year. She has already defended all her points from last year and has shown that she feels very comfortable on these courts. She has never taken a bad loss in Miami seeing that last year she lost to eventual champion Viktoria Azarenka. Wozniacki has played at this tournament for the past 9 years since 2008. Her best result came back in 2012 when she made the semifinals before falling to Maria Sharapova and her worst result came last year in 2016 and in 2013, when she reached the third round. She has already exceeded the amount of points she needed to defend so she has nothing to lose going in to todays final.

Head to Head

These two have played once before and that was earlier this year in the third round of the Australian Open. Konta played extremely well that day and took the match in a very convincing 6-3, 6-1 fashion. Wozniacki wasn’t playing her best that day but she wasn’t playing to badly and that shows that Konta must have been playing extremely well. Konta was in top form that tournament and we know she hasn’t been playing as well this tournament as she did at the AO so I doubt it will be on either woman’s mind heading in to the their match.

Prediction

Both women will come out in full flow and be playing some really good tennis with their top focus. These two girls will be serving at their peak and there won’t be a break of serve on the way to a first set tiebreaker. The tiebreaker will be tight and both players might even have set points but in the end Wozniacki will just get that extra shot back and take the opening set. Konta will be playing unbelievable tennis and even though Wozniacki’s level may drop a bit, she  will be defenceless and Konta will level the score by taking the set 6-2. The final set will be a very tight affair and at 4-4 or 5-4 Konta will tense up and Wozniacki will take advantage by getting the break and going on to take the match 7-6, 2-6, 6-4.

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