Brit Johanna Konta beats Wozniacki in Miami Open final

Johanna Konta of Great Britain in action during the semifinals match against Venus Williams

Johanna Konta of Great Britain in action during the semifinals match against Venus Williams

Johanna Konta's rise to prominence took another step on Saturday as she secured the biggest title of her career to date by beating Caroline Wozniacki 6-4 6-3 at the Miami Open.

"I couldn't believe it was over because I was so focused, just trying on every single point", Konta, who hit 33 winners, said in a courtside interview.

Konta got off to a blistering start, breaking Wozniacki's serve to love in the opening game. British 10th seed Konta used an aggressive game plan to overcome Danish 12th seed Wozniacki on the Crandon Park hardcourt.

The 25-year-old British number one beat Caroline Wozniacki 6-4 6-3 to claim £940,000 in prize money and is set to climb to seventh in the world.

"I'm definitely going to be looking forward to playing a lot of balls and a lot of tough points", said Konta.

Konta already has a tournament win on the WTA tour this season, triumphing in Sydney and this is not her first premier final - she lost to Agnieszka Radwanska in the final of the China Open in Beijing in October.

"I think the fortunate position that I'm in is we have someone called Andy Murray who, bless him, has I think carried most of that weight on his shoulders", she said after her third straight win over Williams.

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"I think quite honestly there wasn't any key moment in that match", Konta assessed.

But instead she suffered a third final defeat of 2017 - following losses to Elina Svitolina in the Dubai Championships and to Karolina Pliskova in the Qatar Open.

The duo had a closer battle in the fifth but Konta found her way to break Wozniacki's serve for the second time to edge back ahead before the next two games went with serve. Just a year younger than her vastly more experienced opponent, it really was a battle of wills in the first set.

"I think I can take a lot out of these two weeks". They do not sound too glamorous but this is only one tier below the Grand Slams - the tournaments that it no longer seems fanciful to say she could win.

"I remember I played very well that match".

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