Doubles delight for Murray but Konta misses out in Nottingham

Doubles delight for Murray but Konta misses out in Nottingham

18 June 2017 / 19:47

Johanna Konta may have missed out on a first grass court title but there was British success for Jamie Murray as he and doubles partner Bruno Soares won the Mercedes Cup title.

Going up against world number 70 Donna Vekic in the final of the Nottingham Open, expectations were high that Konta could end her drought on the grass and pick up a title heading into the third Grand Slam of the year.

However there was instead a shock on the cards as she succumbed 2-6 7-6 7-5 against the Croatian.

There was better news earlier in the day however as the Scottish-Brazilian partnership of Murray and Soares picked up a title for the second time this year.

Following up February’s success in Acapulco, Mexio, the duo beat Oliver Marach and Mate Pavic 6-7 7-5 10-5.

"We had a few close losses this year and it was nice to see it through and get it over the line and get another trophy,” said Murray who won his 18th title.

Konta meanwhile preferred to look at the bigger picture with Wimbledon looming large on the horizon.

The 26-year-old appeared on target for the victory as she took the first set 6-2 inside 38 minutes.

But her Croatian opponent regrouped and started to find her range from the baseline, winning the second set to a tie-break before clinching it 7-3.

The momentum was now with Vekic as she broke early in the decider although Konta battled to level at 3-3.

But a crucial break with the scores at 6-5 swung the match in her favour as she served for the title.

“All credit to Donna, she was continuously able to raise her level all throughout that match," said Konta, who has never gone past the second round of Wimbledon and is scheduled to play at next week’s Aegon Classic in Birmingham.

"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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