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.