Nottingham | Konta loses her cool and final
Jo Konta came close to winning the Nature Valley Open in Nottingham and was prevented from doing so by the chair umpire Paula Viera Souza of Brail, who failed to overrule a call on the base line which was long and unnoticed by the line judge.
Konta, who had battled back from 1-4 down in the decider, had been on a roll having got the measure of Ahleigh Barty, the top seed, but the ‘call’ made her lose her concentration and she only won one more point as the Australian powered her way to a 6-3 3-6 6-4 win for her second career WTA title.
I’m a little bit sad that I couldn’t come through with the win today, but I’m taking a lot of positives from the week in general. Jo Konta
“This is an absolute joke,” Konta shouted at the umpire as she pointed out the error. “We are out here busting our chops. You are making decisions that affect all our lives. Do you fully understand that?”
On completion of the two-hour 4-minute match, Konta refused to shake hands with the umpire and walked off the court to compose herself before the presentations which were held up for several minutes.
She still looked tearful as she received her runners-up trophy for the second consecutive year, and said during her on-court interview “Massive congratulations Ash. She’s one of the great girls on Tour and very tough to play on this surface. I tried to do the best that I can, competed the hardest I could. This is a very good result for me this year, a good feeling to be in the last weekend of a tournament, not a feeling I’ve had for a year.
“I’m a little bit sad that I couldn’t come through with the win today, but I’m taking a lot of positives from the week in general.”
In return, Barty complemented her adversary. “She’s one of the most genuine girls on tour. Her team invited me to Wimbledon last week to practice. There wasn’t much in the match from the get-go. I’m please to get the win.”
“I feel great. Especially coming into a final, the adrenaline gets you going. I feel I played really well all week and it was building and building and getting better and better each game. Jo was going to be the biggest test. I’m very glad to come through in the end. It was a high-quality match today.
“Jo was a Wimbledon semi-finalist and she was a finalist here last year. She’s obviously very comfortable on this surface. I think it was the cherry on top for me to make it to the final and make it to the weekend. I’ve always had fond memories here and to come away with the Trophy is really exciting.”