Johanna Konta loses to Maria Sakkari in Morocco Open final

Johanna Konta

English number one Johanna Konta passed up her first WTA mud court title after Greece’s Maria Sakkari battled back to win the Morocco Open.

Konta driven by a set and a break before Sakkari won 10 of the last 11 amusements to seal a 2 6-4 6-1 triumph in Rabat.

England’s two-time Excellent Hammer semi-finalist served unequivocally in the opening set before unforced mistakes sneaked in.

Sakkari fixed her first WTA title with a forehand victor on her second title point.

The 23-year-old fell on her back on the red mud before kissing the surface in festivity in the wake of being praised at the net by Konta.

Mud court consolation for Konta regardless of thrashing

Konta, 27, moved to fourth on the planet after she hurried to the Wimbledon semi-finals in 2017, having achieved the last four at the Australian Open the earlier year, however, has not recreated her grass and hard-court accomplishment on the mud.

She has a lower winning rate on the red soil and has lost every one of the four of her principle draw matches at the French Open, which is the main Stupendous Pummel superficially.

Be that as it may, an empowering week in Rabat demonstrated the world number 47 possesses the diversion to improve that record when the French Open starts on 26 May.

In the wake of enduring three-match focuses in her opening match, seventh seed Konta likewise came through three-set matches in the following two adjusts before beating semi-last adversary Ajla Tomljanovic in straight sets.

Those efforts prior in the week implied Konta had gone through three hours longer on the court than Sakkari, the Briton appearing to tire in the choice set, therefore.

Konta’s first-administration rate dropped from 81% in the primary set to 46% in the third, with Sakkari not assembling a solitary break point until she accepted her first open door when Konta drove 4-3 in the second set.

That moved the energy to the Greek 6th seed, who had not dropped a set while in transit to her second WTA last and a first masterpiece on earth.

Konta started to make increasingly unforced blunders and, in the wake of leveling the match and afterward breaking in the fourth round of the decider, world number 51 Sakkari traveled towards triumph.

By and by, Konta will be positives about her exhibitions in Rabat before making a beeline for the Madrid Open and will ascend to 41st on the planet because of her run.


Russell Fuller, BBC tennis reporter

Potentially exhaustion was a factor, yet this time – not at all like in Easter weekend’s Nourished Container tie and in her past matches in Rabat – Konta was unfit to finish off a triumphant position.

It was an immensely reassuring week up until that point, and five mud court matches should come in helpful for the harder difficulties ahead in Madrid, Rome and Roland Garros.

Konta is back on the cusp of the world’s best 40, yet achievement accompanies strings joined.

The English number one should now play Alison Riske in Madrid on early Sunday evening, with French Open boss Simona Halep prone to anticipate the victor in the second round.

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