Johanna Konta lifted the fourth WTA title of her career and first on grass at the LTA’s Viking Open Nottingham after defeating fourth seed Zhang Shuai 6-2 6-1 in just one hour.
I love Nottingham, I love this Centre Court, it’s a beautiful court to play on and thank you everyone for coming out and supporting Johanna Konta
Konta became the first British woman to win a WTA singles title on home soil since Sue Barker triumphed in Brighton in 1981.
Having finished runner-up in Nottingham on two previous occasions, Konta was determined to make it third time lucky and dominated the match from start to finish – dropping only three games on her way to victory.
After lifting her first Viking Open Nottingham title, Konta said: “I don’t take this for granted by any means – I’ve lost in the last few finals that I’ve played and it’s very hard to win tournaments, so I know how lucky I am to be here with the winning trophy.
“I love Nottingham, I love this Centre Court, it’s a beautiful court to play on and thank you everyone for coming out and supporting.
“This trophy is called the Elena Baltacha trophy – she hasn’t been with us for a number of years but still to this day she was a massive influence on me as a young girl in this country. For me, winning this trophy means that much more and I just wanted to say thank you to her.”
In the WTA doubles final earlier in the day, Lyudmyla Kichenok and Makoto Ninomya defeated second seeds Caroline Dolehide and Storm Sanders 6-4, 6-7 (3), 10-8. The pair held off an inspired comeback from the Americans to lift their first title as a team.