After a close-fought first set, British No.1 Johanna Konta got the better of Spain’s Lara Arruabarrena 7-5 6-1 to reach the quarter-final of the Miami Open for the second year running – and extend her decent run of form.
Konta, who is the tenth seed, eventually broke Arruabarrena at 6-5 in the first set, before taking control with her hefty serve in the second.
“I felt I played myself more into the match a bit more,” said Konta after the game. “As the match went on, I felt clearer and clearer on how I wanted to play and what I wanted to do out there from my perspective.
“I’m quite happy I was able to execute that reasonably well, and also make it tough for her to stay in that match with the level that she was playing at.”
She will now face Romania’s Simona Halep in the last eight, who survived a match point to beat Australian Sam Stosur 4-6 7-5 6-2.