LONDON (Dispatches) - Britain’s Johanna Konta won her first title for four years by beating China’s Zhang Shuai at the Nottingham Open.
Konta, 30, had lost in the final at the Nottingham Tennis Centre in 2017 and 2018 but sealed a 6-2 6-1 success to claim a first grass-court title.
The top seed broke the serve of Zhang, 32, twice in the first set and then three more times in the second set as she secured her fourth WTA title.
Konta’s last title came in April 2017 with victory at the Miami Open.
Since then, the British number one had lost in four finals but produced a superb performance as she was too good for her opponent, ranked 46th in the world.
Konta had beaten Zhang in five of their previous six meetings, including victories at the quarter-finals of the 2016 Australian Open and the last 32 of the 2012 and 2019 U.S. Opens.