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  • Johanna Konta's title defence ended in defeat to Venus Williams

    Reporter: Aditya Soni
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    Johanna Konta's defence of her Miami Open title ended on Monday as Venus Williams beat the British number one 5-7 6-1 6-2 in their fourth-round match in Key Biscayne.

    The result will see 11th seed Konta drop from 14th in the world rankings to outside the top 20.

    Williams, making her 19th appearance at the tournament and reaching the quarter-finals for a 13th time, enjoyed the vocal home support as she produced an outstanding display after coming off second best in a wobbly opening set.

    Sky Bet make Williams an 11/2 chance to win the title and the 37-year-old will face fellow American Danielle Collins in the last eight. Collins triumphed 3-6 6-4 6-2 against Puerto Rico's Monica Puig, who had seen off world number two Caroline Wozniacki at the weekend.

    Spanish third seed Garbine Muguruza followed Konta out of the tournament, with Sloane Stephens winning 6-3 6-4. Stephens - seeded 13 - will next play 10th seed Angelique Kerber, who rallied for a hard-fought 6-7 (1/7) 7-6 (7/5) 6-3 victory over China's Yafan Wang.

    Two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova was sent packing in the late match, with French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko seeing off the rain as well as the ninth-seeded Czech. The Latvian fifth seed prevailed 7-6 (7/4) 6-3 to reach the last eight, where she will take on Ukraine's Elina Svitolina.

    Fourth seed Svitolina overcame Australian Ashleigh Barty 7-5 6-4 and she's 11/4 favourite.

    Fifth seed Karolina Pliskova was leading Zarina Diyas 6-2 2-1 when the Kazakh retired injured. The Czech will next take on Victoria Azarenka, who overpowered fellow former Miami champion Agnieszka Radwanska 6-2 6-2.
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