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Summary

  1. British number one Johanna Konta loses 2-6 6-4 6-1 to Greek sixth seed Maria Sakkari in Morocco Open final
  2. Konta was appearing in her first clay-court final
  3. Seventh seed Konta's first final since June 2018
  4. Konta's last WTA title came in April 2017

Live Reporting

By Jonathan Jurejko

All times stated are UK

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  1. Goodbye!

    So a first clay-court title was not to be for Johanna Konta. I didn't think I'd be writing that an hour ago when the Brit was 6-2 4-2 ahead...

    But there have been some very positive signs for Konta in Rabat this week, heading into the meat of the clay season.

    Thanks for your company Until next time...

  2. Post update

    Annabel Croft

    Former British number one

    Oh dear, I spoke to soon - massive turnaround and Sakkari cut the errors out and [there was a] complete role reversal to take her first WTA title. She took 10 of the last 11 games!

    Konta will surely be disappointed, having led a set and 4-2 but overall an impressive week on clay.

  3. Post update

    Morocco Open champion Maria Sakkari, speaking on court after receiving her trophy: "First I have to congratulate Johanna, you are a great champion who is having a great career, but most importantly you are a great player off the court - which is the most important thing.

    "Of course I have to thank Tom [Hill] my coach for being so positive. Without you I would not have this trophy."

  4. Post update

    Russell Fuller

    BBC tennis correspondent

    A final which Jo Konta looked poised to win .. a set and a break up ... but things ran away very quickly.

    Konta plays Alison Riske in Madrid this time tomorrow. Tough schedule, but she is knocking on the door of the top 40 again, and has much to take out of the week.

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    Konta 6-2 4-6 1-6 Sakkari*

    Maria Sakkari collapses to the red clay in celebration after hitting the title-winning point, going to the net where she is given a long and warm hug by a gracious Johanna Konta.

    The Greek then kisses the surface - Novak Djokovic style - to thank it for giving her a first career title.

  6. Game, set and match Sakkari

    Konta 6-2 4-6 1-6 Sakkari

    But those nerves don't last long - Maria Sakkari has done it!

    The 23-year-old Greek wins her first WTA tour title, stopping Britain's Jo Konta claiming a first success on clay.

    Konta tries to break up a baseline rally with a dropshot, but Sakkari reads it and then gets back to the next ball to punch a forehand winner down the line.

  7. Post update

    Konta 6-2 4-6 1-5 Sakkari*

    The first one ends up on Sakkari's racquet but she hits a forehand into the net. First sign of nerves..

  8. Championship points Sakkari

    Konta 6-2 4-6 1-5 Sakkari*

    Within a blink or two of the eye it is 40-0 and three championship points for Maria Sakkari...

  9. Post update

    Konta 6-2 4-6 1-5 Sakkari*

    That's 10 out of the past 11 games for the Greek. She's now serving for her first WTA title...

  10. Sakkari breaks

    Konta 6-2 4-6 1-5 Sakkari*

    But Konta's resistance doesn't last long.

    Sakkari takes her third break point by showing her doggedness to stay in the rally before stepping in and volleying in a winner.

  11. Post update

    *Konta 6-2 4-6 1-4 Sakkari

    Konta saves one with a deep backhand and then the other as Sakkari, pinned to the baseline, can't get a backhand back.

    Deuce...

  12. Break points Sakkari

    Konta 6-2 4-6 1-4 Sakkari

    Konta completely mis-hits a backhand from the back of the court, landing closer to the crowd than the line, bringing up two break points for the Greek...

  13. Post update

    *Konta 6-2 4-6 1-4 Sakkari

    Wonder if Konta's three-set matches this week are taking their toll now. The Brit barely makes an effort for a forehand from Sakkari which whips past her for 0-30.

    Konta has spent three hours more on court than the Greek in Rabat this week.

  14. Post update

    *Konta 6-2 4-6 1-4 Sakkari

    Konta won't be able to believe what has happened here. She was a set and a break up!

  15. Sakkari holds

    *Konta 6-2 4-6 1-4 Sakkari

    Half a chance for Konta at 30-30 is snatched away when Sakki runs around a return and wallops away another forehand winner.

    Konta resorts to a drop-shot from the baseline - something she has been trying a lot lately but never looks completely comfortably doing - and it slides down the net.

    The Greek is closing in on victory.

  16. Sakkari breaks

    Konta 6-2 4-6 1-3 Sakkari*

    More pressure for Johanna Konta. Maria Sakkari quickly earns two more break points...

    Nice! One disappears when the British number one crunches a beautiful forehand winner down the line.

    The second? She can't bat off. A deep winner dusts the baseline and sees Sakkari leap into pole position.

  17. Post update

    Konta 6-2 4-6 1-2 Sakkari

    This is Johanna Konta's fourth three-setter of the week in Rabat, having also come through two deciders in Britain's Fed Cup tie against Kazakhstan two weeks ago.

    The girl has guts. She needs to cut down the unforced errors, though, because they jumped up in the second set.

    Konta leads 0-15 before Sakkari hits back to keep ahead on serve.

  18. Post update

    Konta 6-2 4-6 1-1 Sakkari

    Johanna Konta needs something to stop the rot here. The British number one does just that as she goes 40-0 ahead, but then loses her rhythm when she thinks a ball down the line is out.

    The umpire jumps down to the deck to point out the ball mark, but Konta resets to end that losing run and level up the final set.

  19. Post update

    *Konta 6-2 4-6 0-1 Sakkari

    Johanna Konta could do with an extinguisher in her hand instead of a racquet. Maria Sakkari is on fire.

    An ace down the middle seals a fifth straight game for the Greek, who has won nine of the past 11 points.

  20. Post update

    Konta 6-2 4-6 0-0 Sakkari*

    A one-set shoot-out then.

    Johanna Konta to claim her first WTA title on clay? Or Maria Sakkari to claim her first WTA title full stop?