Konta snubs umpire as Barty wins Nottingham final
NOTTINGHAM, England (AP) — Johanna Konta failed to shake the umpire’s hand on Sunday after a bad-tempered end to the Nottingham Open final, with Ashleigh Barty winning 6-3, 3-6, 6-4.
After the first two sets were shared, Konta recovered from 4-1 down in the decider to level at 4-4 but got angry with umpire Paula Vieira Souza for not overruling a Barty shot that looked long as the top-seeded Australian held for 5-4. Neither the line judge nor Souza called it out.
“It’s an absolute joke,” fourth-seeded Konta told Souza. “You’re making decisions that affect our lives. Do you fully understand that?”
The British No. 1 won only one more point as Barty clinched victory with a backhand pass.
Konta then walked straight past Souza and off the court.
Several minutes passed before she returned for the trophy ceremony, although Konta would not say whether she was complaining about what had happened.
Konta lost to Donna Vekic in the 2017 final before defeating the Croat this year in the semifinals.