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Radat | Konta concedes title to Sakkari

Radat | Konta concedes title to Sakkari

Jo Konta failed in her bid to win her first title on clay and improve her overall personal tally to four but can leave Morocco with a new born feeling of confidence having strung together four excellent wins to reach the final.

Unfortunately the British No.1 ran into an equally determined Greek who became the first from her country to win a title on the WTA Tour since Lena Daniilidou in 2008.

Konta having spent three more hours on court than her opponent, Maria Sakkari, ran out of steam in the third set to concede the ‘Grand Prix de Sar La Princesse Lalla Meryem’ title 2-6 6-4 6-1.

It wasn’t the greatest of starts for Sakkari who couldn’t cope with Konta’s speed, her accuracy and power and as a consequence fell behind early in the opening set to wrap up the opener in just 33-minutes.

In the second the Briton, ranked 47, maintained her momentum and looked to be cruising towards her maiden clay court title as she broke to lead 3-2 only for Sakkari to raise her game and show the form which had taken her to the final and included a two-set win over the defending champion Elise Mertens.

She ground her way back into the match forcing Konta into lengthy exchanges and long games eventually succeeding in breaking the seventh seed twice to level the match.

By now the Konta was feeling the pace and Sakkari seeded one place above her, took full advantage to dominate the decider as she ran off five games in a row to claim the what is more commonly referred to as the Morocco Open in Radat.

Both players now move on to the Madrid Open where Konta faces Alison Riske while Sakkari takes on a home favourite, Carla Suarez Navarro.






About The Author

Henry Wancke

Henry Wancke is one of the most respected Tennis writers in the UK. Henry is the Editor of both Tennis Threads Magazine and tennisthreads.net. He previously worked as Editor of Tennis World, Serve & Volley as well as Tennis Today magazines and been stringer for The Daily Telegraph, The Guardian and Press Association. He also co-authored the Ultimate Encyclopaedia of Tennis with John Parsons published by Carlton, and the Federation Cup – the first 32 years, published by the ITF. Currently he is the Secretary of the Lawn Tennis Writers’ Association and Hon Vice President of the Tennis Industry Association UK.

4 Comments

  1. Veronica McCarthy

    Well done Jo ,hard luck you played your heart out ,next time you will do it , You are good , don’t feel down , I still think you are the best , 🇬🇧🌹

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  2. Ann Christie

    Why used “failed” at the beginning of the title. So negative!! Even if you do go onto say nicer things

    Reply
  3. Ann Christie

    Why used “failed” at the beginning of the title. So negative!! Even if you do go onto say nicer things

    Reply

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