Donna Vekic upset the top-seeded Johanna Konta 2-6, 7-6(3), 7-5 in the Aegon Open Final on Sunday.
It would have been the first time that Britain’s Konta, ranked No. 8 in the WTA, won a tournament on home soil. She had a strong start in Nottingham after breaking Vekic in the first game of the match, and then dominating the opening set.
But Vekic broke Konta in the fourth game of the second set to take a 3-1 lead. Konta immediately broke back, sending the set to a tiebreak, at which point Vekic was able to win the set to send it to the deciding set.
“It’s pretty amazing,” Vekic said. “It’s my first grass-court title and my second overall. I’m really happy. Jo played amazing, she’s having an amazing year, but I was just trying to focus on myself and serve as good as I can and be aggressive.”
In the third set, Konta led 5-4, but Vekic won three straight games to claim her second career singles title.
“All credit to Donna, she was continuously able to raise her level all throughout that match,” Konta told Eurosport. “I was not able to stay with her. Full credit to her for playing incredibly well. But I’m very happy that I got to play five great matches on the grass. For Donna and I, heading into Wimbledon, we just want to play on the surface as much as possible.”
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Wimbledon begins July 3.