Barty faces Konta in Nottingham final

Konta has reached this week her first semifinal since Wimbledon past year, having not won three matches in a row since then excluding Fed Cup zonal play.

Johanna Konta records an impressive straight-sets win over defending champion Donna Vekic to reach the final of the Nottingham Open.

She looked on course to do so early in the third set but suffered a big setback when an untimely net cord helped Barty break and race into a 4-1 lead.

"It was very tricky out here, quite windy, and I'd never played her before", Konta told Eurosport.

World number 22 Konta, though, immediately regained the momentum against Vekic's serve before a hold put her within sight of the final, and she then broke again on a first match-chance.

Barty got the first break in the fourth game of the third set as Konta's usually strong backhand cross-court proved to be detrimental for her in the first half in the deciding set, but she rallied away, remained resilient and tried to believe in her quest for the Nottingham title, hoping to do one better than previous year.

The British No.1 won only one more point as Barty clinched victory with a backhand pass.


The Australian, the top seed at Nature Valley Open in Nottingham, dismissed Naomi Osaka 6-3 6-4 and moved to the second WTA final of the season. Do you fully understand that?'

"I feel great today - coming into a final, the adrenaline gets you going, but I feel like I've been playing well all week", the world No.17 said.

The win is Barty's second career WTA title, having triumphed previous year at the Malaysia Open in Kuala Lumpur.

Barty shows off her silverware. The emotions certainly got the better of Konta, who decided not to shake the umpire's hand and momentarily left the court and delayed the trophy ceremony. "And it was a really good grass-court match too, in the sense that it was a bit serve-dominant at times".

"She has defintely improved a lot since a year ago as well, is playing incredibly well and so it is going to be a tough match for me, and I am looking forward to that".

Konta vented her fury at the chair umpire on more than one occasion, branding one decision "an absolute joke" after a Barty shot appeared to land long in a tense final set.


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