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Venus Williams v Konta - Miami Open ( Women's )
Tennis - Miami Open ( Women's )
2017-03-31 03:00:00 (This report was created at 2017-03-30 17:40:30)
"Konta in the ascendency as Venus fades"
Venus Williams was born in Lynwood California but has a home close by in Palm Beach Gardens. She has achieved almost everything in the game but at 36 is still hungry for more. In the previous round she beat world number 1 Kerber in straight sets (who gave a rather lack-lustre performance), Venus was free of strapping and bandages which she wore in Indian Wells and is playing at the top of her game. Her father has been ill but is recovering now and has been court-side which must help her.
Johanna Konta was born in Sydney, Australia but now lives in very English Eastbourne. She is 5 foot 11 and has a very strong serve although windy conditions earlier in the tournament nearly saw her eliminated in the 1st round. However it is a mark of a champion to come through these tough matches. She is 20 and 4 on the year and continues to improve rapidly as she has done for 2 years now. The foot problem she had earlier in the year is better and she looks forward to playing Venus who she has beaten twice before.
Court surface: Miami hard courts.
Head to head: Konta leads 2-1, having beaten Venus twice last year in the Australian Open and at Stanford.
Summary: Value for Konta at 2.00
2.20 Venus Williams v Konta 2.00