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Angry Konta slams umpire after crashing to Nottingham loss

 

By Eleanor Crooks

A furious Johanna Konta refused to shake hands with umpire Paula Vieira Souza after a narrow loss to Ashleigh Barty in the final of the Nature Valley Open in Nottingham.

The British number one had battled back from 4-1 down in the decider and had Barty under pressure on her serve when a shot from the Australian appeared to land long, but neither the line judge nor Souza called it out.

Konta confronted Souza, saying: "It's an absolute joke. You're making decisions that affect our lives. Do you fully understand that?"

She won only one more point and after a final passing shot from Barty clinched a 6-3 3-6 6-4 victory, Konta walked straight past Souza and off the court.

Several minutes passed before she returned for the trophy ceremony.

Konta's defeat made it a double British disappointment against Australia after Dan Evans lost 7-6 (7/4) 7-5 to 19-year-old Alex De Minaur in the men's final earlier.

Meanwhile, Roger Federer beat Milos Raonic to win the Mercedes Cup in Stuttgart, his first event for two and a half months.

The Swiss had not played since the Miami Open in March, after choosing to miss the clay-court season, but the win in Germany gives him a 98th Tour title.

Federer, 36, beat Canadian Raonic 6-4 7-6 (7-3) in the final.

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