Wta Nottingham: Ashleigh Barty back on grass, back to the final

Wta Nottingham: Ashleigh Barty back on grass, back to the final

Konta shook hands with her opponent, but bypassed Vieira Souza completely and stormed straight off the court, leaving Barty to fill the uncomfortable pause before the presentation ceremony by hitting a few balls into the crowd.

Donna Vekic needed treatment during her semi-final match in Nottingham.

She was broken in the next game to give Barty a 6-3 3-6 6-4 win and did not shake the umpire's hand at the end. You're making decisions that affect our lives.

One of Ash Barty's finest victories to date has been overshadowed by a dramatic display of poor sportsmanship from Brit Johanna Konta. "Do you fully understand that?" after a line call failed to go her way - losing focus and leaving Barty with the opening that she needed. She then went off-court for a medical time-out which coincided with play being temporarily suspended anyway due to rain.

Vekić got the better of Konta in the final of this tournament a year ago as she won 2-6, 7-6, 7-5 in a scintillating encounter.

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It was Barty's first tournament triumph of the year, the second of her career and a demonstration from the former junior Wimbledon champion that she could now even be an outside threat for the senior title at the Grand Slam. The question was whether Barty would remain in her slump or return to her usual self. With only one able to move on to Sunday's title match, the key would be to who got the best jump in the opening games or the first to blink.

Konta next faces Donna Vekic of Croatia, who beat her in the Nottingham final 12 months ago.

"She has defintely improved a lot since previous year as well, is playing incredibly well and so it is going to be a tough match for me, and I am looking forward to that".

Barty, who lost to Konta in this event a year ago, took just over an hour to complete her routine win on Saturday, breaking Osaka's serve three times and winning 80 percent of points on her own service.