Johanna Konta became the first British woman to reach the Miami Open semifinals after coming back from a set down to oust Simona Halep.
WTA Staff

MIAMI, FL, USA - Johanna Konta became the first British woman to reach the Miami Open semifinals after coming back from a set down to oust No.3 seed Simona Halep.

Putting an injury-plagued start of the season behind her, Halep came into the matchup after winning consecutive matches for the first time all season here in Miami. And in the quarterfinals, the Romanian even saved match point in her late-night thriller against Sam Stosur.

But she couldn't pull off the escape once again against Konta, falling 3-6, 7-6(7), 6-2 after a rollercoaster two hours and thirty minutes.

The Brit had to overcome a slow start against Halep, though, as the Romanian came out of the gates firing and would take an early break in the opening set. Loose unforced errors during the initial exchanges cost Konta, and Halep didn't allow her to settle into a rhythm with her changes of pace.

Dropping the first set only galvanized Konta, as the Brit notched an emphatic break to love and a 3-0 lead. But that's when things got complicated, and Halep dodged a pair of break points and leveled the match a few games later.

She served for the match at 5-4, and was two points away from victory when Konta denied her, keeping her serve under pressure and rewarded with loose errors.

Into a tiebreaker, Halep once again saw her lead erased as Konta came roaring back from 5-3 down and edged through 9-7.

With the wind in her sails Konta grabbed the lead once again but this time didn't allow Halep back in. She broke Halep twice to reel off the final five games and complete the comeback.

"It was a really tough match, very high level," Halep told WTA Insider after the match. "I was so close to winning, I was two points away in the tiebreak, but she played very strong and deserved to win today.

"I'm happy to be here after the break that I had. I'm just disappointed I lost a match I had in my hands. But my confidence is there, the game is there - I just need to play matches."

Konta be rewarded with a clash against the winner between World No.1 Angelique Kerber and Venus Williams for a chance to go even further and win a spot into her second career Premier Mandatory final.

Should she reach the final, she's projected to return to the Top 10 after the WTA rankings are released on Monday.

"Whoever I'm playing, I'll have a battle on my hands that's for sure," Konta said. "I've played Venus and Angie a few times. They're going to have a tough battle tonight, and I'm looking forward to playing either of them. Either of them will be a great opportunity for different reasons."