Konta denied home title by Vekic

Johanna Konta slumped to a shock-defeat at the hands of Donna Vekic on Sunday in the final of the Aegon Open in Nottingham.

Konta was not expected to have any trouble getting past Vekic and so lifting the first trophy of the grass court season in her home country.

However, it wasn’t to be.

The 20-year-old Croatian, and world number 70, won 6-2, 6-7, (7-3) 7-5 in two hours and 31 minutes.

A key to Vekic’s victory was the manner in which she varied her play.

Speaking afterwards, Vekic explained that she hoped this result would lead to a strong showing at Wimbledon.

"It's pretty amazing and I'm really, really happy," Vekic said.

"Jo played amazing and she's having an amazing year, but I was just trying to focus on myself, serve as good as I can and be aggressive, which is not easy against her.

“Wimbledon is my favorite tournament of the year and I'm very happy that I can go into that winning a couple of matches, but first, next week is Birmingham!”

Reflecting on the loss, Konta chose to focus on the positives.

"I think she was able to continuously raise her level throughout the match, so full credit to her for playing incredibly well," Konta said.

"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."