Tennis: Konta into Miami semis after Halep battle

Johanna Konta of Great Britain in action against Simona Halep of Romania.
Johanna Konta of Great Britain in action against Simona Halep of Romania.PHOTO: AFP

MIAMI (AFP) - Britain's Johanna Konta fought back from a set down to beat Romania's Simon Halep 3-6, 7-6(9/7), 6-2 and claim a spot in the semi-finals of the Miami Open here on Wednesday (March 29).

The victory over the third-seeded Halep means Konta becomes the first British woman to reach the last four at Miami and she will face the winner of Wednesday's other quarter-final between Venus Williams and German world number one Angelique Kerber.

"I'm really happy that I've come through and I am just looking forward to my next round - it's going to be a tough one," said Konta.

Halep settled well in the opening set, with her powerful forehand dominant, but Konta fought back well in the second.

The Australia-born Konta broke early to establish a 3-0 lead but the gritty Romanian clawed her way back winning the next three games while her opponent failed to make the most of her openings in what was an error-strewn contest.

Nonethless, Konta stuck at her task and was able to break again when Halep was serving for the match and force a tie-break which she eventually won 9-7 to take the pair into the third game.

There was a tense discussion between Halep and her Australian coach Darren Cahill.

Konta broke in the fifth game of the deciding set and visibly growing in confidence she broke again to take a 5-2 lead and serve out for the match.