Venus vs. Konta
|Date & Time||Thursday March 30, 2017, 9:00 PM (EDT)|
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Johanna Konta and Venus Williams meet Thursday in the semifinals in the 2017 Miami Open.
Johanna Konta is coming off a three sets win over Simona Halep that took 30 games to decide. In the victory, Konta won 75 percent of her first serve points and 43 percent of her second serve points. Konta was an error machine for much of her last match and it didn’t look like she had a chance to win after being down a set and a break. However, Konta continued to go for her winners and it eventually paid off long term. Konta continues to be a nightmare for opponents on hard court and is racking up the winners to make up for her mistakes. Konta hopes to make her fourth career singles final and second this season. Konta has won 13 of her last 15 matches on hard court.
Venus Williams is coming off a straight sets win over Angelique Kerber that took 21 games to decide. In the victory, Venus won 58 percent of her first serve points and 57 percent of her second serve points. Venus continues to surprise the tennis world with her play and earning a victory over the top ranked player for the first time since 2014 was another treat. Venus keeps turning back the clock and seems to be getting better the older she gets. With an improved serve and far less unforced errors, Venus is a clear threat to anyone she plays despite her age. Venus looks to make her 82nd career final singles appearance and second this season. Venus has won 10 of her last 12 matches on hard court.
These two have played three times in the past and Konta has won two of those meetings. The most recent match was in the 2016 Stanford Classic, a match Konta won in three sets. Two of the three matches went the distance and this will be the fourth time these two play on hard court.
Konta has been dominant on hard court as of late and has the shotmaking to give Venus a hard time. However, you can’t bet against Venus in her current form, as she just seems to find a way and is playing extremely clean tennis overall. She’s also enjoying the moment and the confidence is through the roof.
If I backed Venus against Kerber, I’m certainly going to ride the hot hand again against Konta.