Ashleigh Barty wins Nottingham Open after heated final against Johanna Konta

Ashleigh Barty wins Nottingham Open after heated final against Johanna Konta

The World No.17 flipped the result of last year's quarterfinal match in Nottingham, which was won by Konta in straight sets as she made a run to the final for the first time.

Barty is 1-1 in finals this year after falling in the Sydney championship match. She was in control going forward taking the response against Vekic's serve to break her for the double with one to go.

The 21-year-old Croat would have been hoping that she could cause an upset once again on Centre Court, and would have been aware that the crowd would not be behind her.

Konta furious at line call at end of match, storms off court. The Australian, who owns an 18-1 win-loss record after losing the first set this season with only comeback defeat matured against Serena Williams in Paris, opened the second with a crucial break.

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. Konta followed this up with a ideal service game.

Vekic improved upon their return but Konta broke serve in the fifth game and did not look back as she earned another spot in the final in the East Midlands.

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She couldn't reel in another hold giving up free points on the errors. "It is never easy with the rain delay and it was definitely challenging", said Konta.

Konta, the world number 22, had breezed through the opening set in half-an-hour before, with Vekic having called for the trainer and looking ready to go for further treatment, the players were forced off by rain.

Instinctive and sharp, the former Wimbledon junior champion mowed down Japanese third seed Naomi Osaka 6-3 6-4 to reach the title match. "I'm very happy to just battle through and try to really just keep my mind at the task in hand".

"She has defintely improved a lot since previous year as well, is playing incredibly well and so it is going to be a tough match for me, and I am looking forward to that".

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