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Summary

  1. GB's Johanna Konta is bidding to win her first grass title on home soil
  2. Croatia's Donna Vekic is ranked 70th in the world

Live Reporting

By Matt Davis

All times stated are UK

That's all from me. What a game.

You can read the full report here.

"It's pretty amazing, I am really happy," said Vekic.

Speaking to Eurosport, she adds: "I was just trying to focus on myself and serve as well as I can and be aggressive. I am going to drink this bottle of champagne with my team.

"Wimbledon is my favourite tournament of the year and I am looking forward to it."

Donna Vekic gets handed a massive jeroboam of champagne and is then handed the Elena Baltacha Trophy.

Johanna Konta isn't too downbeat and manages to hide how gutted she must be feeling.

"I am happy I got to play five great matches, " says the British number one.

What a shock, no one expected that after the first set. Vekic celebrates with her entourage and then sits down in the chair and does a dance.

What a moment for the 20-year-old.

Vekic wins Nottingham Open

And she's done it.

Konta sends another return long.

Vekic wins 2-6 7-6 7-5.

Championship point for Vekic as Konta goes long.

A solid serve and then an error by Konta puts Vekic two points from the title at 30-0.

Konta stays alive with a cross court passing show to go to 15-30.

And another as she dispatches a Vekic drop shot to level at 30-30.

Vekic is a game away from a huge win.

Vekic breaks to serve for title

Konta 6-2 6-6 (3-7) 5-6 Vekic*

Vekic races into a 30-0 lead as she powers a return straight at Konta's toes.

The Croatian strains every muscle to chase the returns in the next point and gets two break points as Konta sends a return long.

The first goes begging as Vekic struggles to return a drop shot.

She takes the game, with her trusted baseline hitting as Konta can only slap a forehand at the net.

*Konta 6-2 6-6 (3-7) 5-5 Vekic

How's that for a statement by Vekic.

A hold to love for the Croatian. Pressure back on Konta.

Konta 6-2 6-6 (3-7) 5-4 Vekic*

Konta looks supremely focused now, back to dictating the points, moving Vekic around the court.

She increases the pressure on Vekic taking the game to move to 5-4.

*Konta 6-2 6-6 (3-7) 4-4 Vekic

The confidence has drained from Vekic but she tries to reignite it with a booming forehand to the baseline at 30-30.

She wins the game. Over to Konta.

Vekic's coach is back on the court. He's not happy again and bangs the chair to make his point. The youngster says nothing, listening intently.

Donna Vekic
PA

Konta 6-2 6-6 (3-7) 4-3 Vekic*

Konta has rediscovered her form, that blip looks over. She wins her service game to love. The world number eight has won 12 of the last 13 points.

Konta breaks back

*Konta 6-2 6-6 (3-7) 3-3 Vekic

Vekic goes long as Konta gets two break points. The Brit desperately needs one of them and she does.

Back on level terms in the final set.

Has Konta wrestled back the initiative?

Konta 6-2 6-6 (3-7) 2-3 Vekic*

Konta keeps in touch with a solid service game to show why she is a top 10 player.

Johanna Konta
PA

*Konta 6-2 6-6 (3-7) 1-3 Vekic

Vekic holds again with few issues as Konta begins to run out of games to stay in this set.

Konta 6-2 6-6 (3-7) 1-2 Vekic*

Very important hold by Konta to get a foothold in the final set, but she is struggling to cope with Vekic's baseline hitting.

*Konta 6-2 6-6 (3-7) 0-2 Vekic

Vekic holds to consolidate her break.

Where has this Donna Vekic been all game?

I'd say if she keeps this up she will take the title, Konta with all the work to do.

Vekic breaks early in decider

Konta 6-2 6-6 (3-7) 0-1 Vekic*

Vekic is dictating the points now and Konta is struggling at the back of the court.

Konta raging at the umpire about the line calls. She is disputing the state of the chalk on the lines.

At 30-30, she needs to focus.

Vekic takes it to deuce with a thumping forehand to the baseline that bounces off the court and slaps a line judge in the thigh.

Another huge hit to the corner and it's another break point for the Croatian.

She takes it with another return to the far corner to set up an easy passing shot to leave Konta flailing.

Vekic looks calm and assured now in the changeover, the early angst has gone, whereas Konta looks troubled.

Konta to serve first in the decider.

Vekic wins second set tie-break

Konta 6-2 6-6 (3-7) Vekic*

She only needs one, as she takes the set.

We're into a decider and Vekic has her tail up.

Johanna Konta
Reuters

*Konta 6-2 6-6 (3-6) Vekic

Vekic's serve is working a treat now as she consolidates the break and sets up three set points.

Konta 6-2 6-6 (3-4) Vekic*

Huge forehand by Vekic who takes the mini-break.

*Konta 6-2 6-6 (2-3) Vekic

Vekic manages to hold.

Konta 6-2 6-6 (2-1) Vekic*

Vekic takes the first point with her serve, but then inexplicably messes up a backhand return, despite the ball sitting up perfectly at the net.

Konta wins the next point as the tie-break goes on serve.

Konta holds to force a tie-break

Konta 6-2 6-6 Vekic*

Poor start for Konta who misses with the drop shot, her play is becoming a bit one dimensional.

Vekic has two set points as she reaches for volley.

The first goes by the wayside as she blasts another return long.

The second sees her send a forehand into the net.

Back to deuce.

Konta lobs the Croatian, who manages to backtrack and get a racket on the return but it's very long.

Another missed return and we're into a tie-break.

*Konta 6-2 5-6 Vekic

Johanna Konta is the one to have a go at the umpire now, she claims Vekic's return is long, despite a puff of chalk.

"You're going on chalk", the Brit pleads and the crowd get involved but it falls on deaf ears.

Vekic's eighth double fault gets Konta back to 30-40 but the Brit misses with a drop shot and her opponent holds.

Over to you Konta.

Konta 6-2 5-5 Vekic*

Konta, serving to stay in the second set, goes long with a backhand to make it 30-30.

Vekic senses her opportunity and gets a set point as Konta's forehand finds the net.

But shes blows her chance sending her return long.

Back on deuce and Konta gets Vekic on the run with a perfectly weighted drop shot which the youngster just manages to return and the Briton then volleys into an empty court.

She then holds as Vekic goes long again with a return.

*Konta 6-2 4-5 Vekic

It's taken nearly over an hour but Vekic has finally sorted her serve out and she gets her first hold to love in the match.

Konta 6-2 4-4 Vekic*

Johanna Konta is testing Vekic's patience with her drop shots as she goes 30-15 up.

Another takes it to 40-15 with a forehand drop shot from the back of the court, Vekic can do nothing but smile.

The Croatian then fires a forehand long as Konta holds.

*Konta 6-2 3-4 Vekic

Vekic holds but still manages to complain with the umpire about a line call.

The Croatian looks ready to snap at any moment.

Konta 6-2 3-3 Vekic*

Vekic is on the verge of playing well, but is making too many mistakes. She is muttering to herself under her breath and I will be amazed if the racket makes the end of the match in one piece.

She takes Konta to deuce, big moment in the match as the Croatian tries to edge ahead once again.

But Konta is a top 10 player for a reason and gets out of trouble with a lovely drop shot and then dispatches a volley to take the game.

Both coaches come and have a quick chat.

Vekic barely looks at her coach as he speaks sternly to her.

I don't speak Croatian but he is not happy.

Different approach from Konta's trainer who calmy talks to the Brit.

Konta breaks back

*Konta 6-2 2-3 Vekic

Konta looks unsettled, time for Vekic to impose herself?

Nope.

The youngster serves another double fault and hands Konta a break point.

The Croatian saves the break point but sends a return high and wide and slams her racket into the grass.

Another double fault and she gifts the game to Konta.

Vekic is furious with herself and her racket takes another hammering as it is tossed onto the ground.

Back on serve in the final.

Vekic breaks

Konta 6-2 1-3 Vekic*

Now then, we have a game on our hands as Vekic breaks.

Konta handed the game to the youngster with a string of mistakes, the number one seed not looking entirely at home out there.

*Konta 6-2 1-2 Vekic

Donna Vekic is growing into the final and even registers her first ace as she holds again.

Encouraging signs.

Konta 6-2 1-1 Vekic*

Despite being a set up, Konta has still not settled herself, perhaps it's the pressure of a home crowd?

From 0-30 down, she gets back to 40-30, but Vekic then plays a wonderful back-handed drop shot to take it to deuce.

Konta holds with a huge forehand deep into the left corner.