Venus Williams
5 6 6

Jo Konta
7 1 2

Tennis

ByTheMinTennis

Evening all. Nick Kyrgios has beaten Fabio Fognini in a match featuring a surprising lack of fine-able activity from either player, which means it's time for Venus and Konta to take the stage. Ideal way to finish off a Monday, I reckon.

British number one Johanna Konta has had a disappointing start to the season, only having reached the third round in two of her six tournaments so far in 2018. In fact, she's not reached a quarterfinal since way back in Cincinnati last summer. She is of course however the defending champion in Miami, and has shown some form this week, reaching the fourth round without dropping a set.

Venus Williams, despite being two and a half months shy of her 38th birthday, is still ranked up at eight, and it feels pointless to say that she's a dangerous opponent. You know that already. It's obvious. She lost her first two matches of the season, but has followed that up with a semifinal showing at Indian Wells earlier in the month.

Konta has, surprisingly enough, only ever lost once in Miami, and comes into the match with a mightily impressive 11-1 record at Key Biscayne. Venus is, to no one's great shock, a three time champion here. Her first one, ridiculously, came in 1998, just a few months before I started primary school...

Venus to serve first.

Massive, dismissive return winner by Konta helps her on her way to 15-30, but Venus draws level with a big serve. Long by Venus and Konta has her first break point already...

And long goes the American once more! Konta has an early advantage, and looks in the zone.

Anna Logue

Fast start!

Sam Johnson

Yeah! Lots of power from both of them so far

Venus showing Konta that she's quite capable of some massive returns herself, and she moves to 0-30 with a viciously dipping forehand pass that Konta can't control. Venus nets, and then goes just wide with what would have been a return winner of her own, before netting again to give Konta a game point. Which she happily takes. Break consolidated.

Venus's groundstrokes are a little erratic so far, another one flying long. Oh that is superb by Konta, hitting deep, forcing Venus wide, before stepping in to swat a winner down the line. She's inside the baseline again, punishing a short ball with another winner and she has two break points...

Both saved with some strong Venus serving. How many times has that sentence been written over the last 20 years? Konta's really finding the lines today, leaving her illustrious opponent stranded at the baseline with another winner to bring up a third break chance...