Three-time Miami Masters winner Venus Williams assured herself of a return to the world number three ranking after defeating Poland’s sixth seed Agnieszka Radwanska 6-3, 6-1.
The 29-year-old American will overtake deposed top-seed Svetlana Kuznetsova on Monday’s WTA list.
Williams, who last won in Miami in 2001, is now riding a 14-match win streak dating back to titles in Dubai and Acapulco last month.
The third seed managed eight aces and five breaks of serve in her 75-minute win over Radwanska, with the American now standing 5-1 in the series.
Williams and Radwanska played in Miami last year with Williams winning their fourth round clash. The American has now won 46 Miami matches, third on the all-time tournament list.