Barty faces Konta in Nottingham final

Johanna Konta

"It was very tricky out here, quite windy, and I'd never played her before", Konta told Eurosport. You are making decisions that affect all our lives. "Do you fully understand that?" after a line call failed to go her way - losing focus and leaving Barty with the opening that she needed.

Clearly distracted, she went on to lose the next game, which handed her opponent a 6-3 3-6 6-4 win, and then walked past the umpire's chair without shaking hands.

Several minutes passed before she returned for the trophy ceremony, although Konta would not say whether she was complaining about what had happened.

Outplayed by Osaka at January's Australian Open, Barty was in no mood for a repeat, dominating on serve and breaking Osaka's delivery three times in a complete display. It's a hard position to be in.

"I think it's been a very clean week for me".

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

Konta beat Barty in the quarterfinals past year before losing to Vekic in the final.

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Konta got off to the best possible start in this match as she was able to immediately break Vekić's serve.

Konta's defeat made it a double British disappointment against Australia after Dan Evans lost 7-6 (7/4) 7-5 to 19-year-old Alex De Minaur in the men's final earlier. "I'm pretty pleased with that".

"We've had some incredible battles, especially the last two times", said Konta. It was just about, from my end, dealing with it the best I can and keep the attention on the work at hand.

Djokovic has also suffered from injury problems over the last 18 months, which saw him undergo elbow surgery.

"I lost to Jo here past year, so I think I can go in and play some pretty free tennis".

For Konta, again the great British women's hope for Wimbledon after reaching the semi-finals a year ago, it should have been a delight to be back on grass after her familiar struggles on the Roland Garros clay.


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