Venus Williams ends Johanna Konta's title defence at Miami Open

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  • British No 1 knocked out 5-7, 6-1, 6-2 in fourth round
  • Verdasco and Kokkinakis heated row mars their match

Johanna Konta’s defence of her Miami Open title ended on Monday as Venus Williams beat the British No 1 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.

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