Top 10er Johanna Konta was denied a first title in her home country on Sunday when she failed to hold a set lead, losing 2-6, 7-6(3), 7-5 to the once-promising Donna Vekic in the final of the Aegon Open in Nottingham.
“I think she was able to continuously raise her level throughout the match, so full credit to her for playing incredibly well,” said the perpetually-positive Konta. “I’m very happy that I got to play five great matches on the grass and I’m really happy that I got to come back to Nottingham and play on this court in front of this crowd.”
It was the first WTA title in three years for the unseeded Croat Konta, who four years ago won her first title in Kuala Lumpur as a 16 year old. It was her first appearance in a final in 18 months, and she improved to 2-3 in career finals. It was her second career grasscourt final after finishing runner-up at 2013 Birmingham.
“Jo played amazing and she’s having an amazing year, but I was just trying to focus on myself, serve and good as I can and be aggressive, which is not easy against her,” Vekic said.
Konta, who fell to 3-2 career in finals, was trying to become the first British woman to win a grasscourt title in England since Virginia Wade in 1975. She was trying to collect a third 2017 title after Sydney and Miami.
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