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Jo Konta says progress off court led to historic triumph

Johanna Konta says she is targeting the world number one spot after climbing to seventh in the rankings. Credit: PA

Johanna Konta has said maturing on and off the tennis court helped her become the first British woman to win the Miami Open.

The 25-year-old beat former world number one Caroline Wozniacki 6-4 6-3 on Saturday to move to a career-high seventh in the world rankings.

She is now targeting the top spot.

"I'd like to be the best player in the world but there's a lot of work to be done between now and then," she said.

Konta, who ousted number three seed Simona Halep in a marathon quarter-final match, also became the first British woman to win a WTA Premier Mandatory event.

"I think it was probably a combination of everything, but also a question of maturity," Konta told wtatennis.com.

"I needed to go through certain life experiences, not just on court, off court as well, to I think make me into the competitor that I am, and also the person off court.

"I think a lot of things go very hand and hand when I it comes to sport. It's not just a job. It's your life. It's your lifestyle. I think you have to grow up in a lot of different areas for it to transfer on court as well."

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