Barty faces Konta in Nottingham final

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"She's improved a lot and is playing very well over the a year ago since she's come back and getting better and better". The British No.1 saved a pair of break points in the seventh game of the second set which would've given Barty firm control of the match, and won the last three games to force a final set.

4 seed struggled to adapt to the variation of Barty's game as she threw in tricky slices and spinning ground strokes to ensure the first set went her way 6-3.

Konta has reached this week her first semifinal since Wimbledon past year, having not won three matches in a row since then excluding Fed Cup zonal play.

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But the methodical Konta kept her composure and, against an increasingly erratic opponent, won four games in a row to take the first set.

"I feel great today - coming into a final, the adrenaline gets you going, but I feel like I've been playing well all week", the world No.17 said.

The 6-3, 3-6, 6-4 victory marked the second WTA title for Barty after her win in Kuala Lumpur past year, and lifts her to No.16 in the world rankings leading into next month's Wimbledon tournament. Do you fully understand that?' Making sure that Konta did not play the same point from point-to-point and ensuring that the Brit never saw the same ball and got into the groove that she likes to find herself in on a grass or hard court.

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Several minutes passed before she returned for the trophy ceremony, although she would not say whether she was complaining about what had happened.

"Barty is a very talented, very crafty player", Konta said. "I'm pretty pleased with that", she added. "I have really fond memories of it and always feel like I've played well here". Vekić was unhappy with a decision resulting in her calling a shot out in the middle of the point, meaning that she subsequently lost the point for speaking during play. It was just about, from my end, dealing with it the best I can and keep the attention on the work at hand.

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