Konta loses out in heated conclusion to Nottingham final

WTA International- Nature Valley Open

A furious Johanna Konta lost out to Ashleigh Barty in the final of the Nature Valley Open in Nottingham.

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

Konta will hope to build on the positive things in her game in a very tough opening match at the Nature Valley Classic in Birmingham tomorrow against defending champion Petra Kvitova.

Konta, playing her first final of the year, found her rhythm in the second to take it to a decider, winning three games in a row after saving two break points in the seventh game. After around an hour's delay, Konta moved 3-1 ahead only for the Croatian to break back and level but the British No.1 closed out the match with another break.

Johanna was leading against Donna Vekic in the rematch of last year's final when the rain came down forcing the organizers to stop play.

The last British player to win a singles title at home on grass was Virginia Wade in Eastbourne in 1975. Despite this, Vekić was able to get herself on the scoreboard in the following game with a much-needed hold of serve. Do you fully understand that?'

Konta shook hands with her opponent, but bypassed Vieira Souza completely and stormed straight off the court, leaving Barty to fill the uncomfortable pause before the presentation ceremony by hitting a few balls into the crowd.

Evans, who even suggested he could play two matches in a day to enable him to compete in both competitions, said: "My year doesn't revolve around just trying to play Wimbledon". She started off the match in the same sort of manner that she has been for the tournament.

The pair, born just a week apart in 1987, have been long-time adversaries on court and have battled at the top of the men's game for much of the last decade, competing in 19 finals, including seven at grand slams.

The Croat is playing her 20th overall semifinal and is now 17-3. She responded to the umpire by saying: "I am a human being, no a robot". "I have really fond memories of it and always feel like I've played well here".

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