Konta falls at final hurdle
Johanna Konta has suffered a shock defeat to world number 70 Donna Vekic in Sunday's Nottingham Open final.
The British number one was seeking her first ever grass title on home soil in the Midlands but failed to build on a strong start against her Croatian opponent and ultimately lost 2-6 7-6 (7-3) 7-5.
Konta looked firmly in control as she took the first set but she appeared to lose her composure as the big-serving Vekic fought back in the second.
Vekic required a tie-break to level up and the pair then gave everything in the decider as they had to contend with sweltering conditions.
The 20-year-old Croatian ultimately edged the final set to pick up just a second WTA career title as she looks to build some momentum ahead of Wimbledon next month.
Vekic said: "It's pretty amazing, I am really happy.
"Wimbledon is my favourite tournament of the year and I’m really happy I can go there winning a few matches."
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