Johanna Konta beats Donna Vekic to reach Nottingham final

Wednesday, 20 Jun, 2018

The British No.1 saved a pair of break points in the seventh game of the second set which would've given Barty firm control of the match, and won the last three games to force a final set.

But Konta was not to be denied and overcame a couple of minor wobbles to win through.

Vekić got the better of Konta in the final of this tournament past year as she won 2-6, 7-6, 7-5 in a scintillating encounter. "I'm definitely enjoying getting more matches under my belt and we'll work towards getting another one".

But she is wary of her Aussie opponent's strengths on grass.

For Konta, again the great British women's hope for Wimbledon after reaching the semi-finals previous year, it should have been a delight to be back on grass after her familiar struggles on the Roland Garros clay. However, Konta was able to get revenge just a couple of weeks later as she defeated Vekić in the second round of Wimbledon with a 7-6, 4-6, 10-8 victory.

She also refused to shake the official's hand at the end of the match after losing in the final of the tournament for a second successive year.

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"Nottingham brings back very good memories of back when it was an ITF $50K tournament, not even WTA yet", Barty said.

The British No. 1 won only one more point as Barty clinched victory with a backhand pass. Konta then walked straight past Souza and off the court.

The players did eventually return after over an hour off the court due to the rain delay. She followed this up by holding her next service game, although Vekić did fail to take two break points which was a warning sign for the Brit.

Konta had recovered from 4-1 down in the decider to level at 4-4 but a controversial call allowed Barty go 5-4 ahead. I'm sure she's going to be playing her best tennis.

The Briton got into a heated discussion with the umpire, which seemed to affected her concentration. "I'm pretty pleased with that", she added.