Ash Barty has claimed just her second WTA singles title with a dramatic 6-3 3-6 6-4 defeat of Brit Johanna Konta in the Nottingham Open final.
The 22-year-old has also returned to a career-high of world No 16 after securing her first tournament win of the year.
Barty had been beaten in her past three singles finals including at the Sydney International earlier this year
Unreal!!! 💚🌱🐛🎾🏆 pic.twitter.com/7dnO47HuFF— Ash Barty (@ashbar96) June 17, 2018
“I feel great today – coming into a final, the adrenaline gets you going, but I feel like I’ve been playing well all week,” Barty told AAP.
“It’s been building and building and getting better and better each match.
“I knew that Jo was going to be the toughest test this week, so I’m just really glad that I came through that and it was a really high quality match and it was a really good grass-court match too, in the sense that it was a bit serve-dominant at times,” she said.
Konta fought her way back into the match from a set down and then battling back to 4-4 from 4-1 down in the deciding set but was unable to maintain her composure.
At the changeover at 5-4 down, she complained furiously to the umpire about a line call and later refused to shake hands with the official.
“It’s an absolute joke,” Konta told the umpire.
“You’re making decisions that affect our lives. Do you fully understand that?”
It was the second year in the row Konta was left disappointed after losing the final last year.