May 4, 2019 / 5:32 PM / 2 months ago

Sakkari overcomes Konta to lift Rabat title

(Reuters) - Greek Maria Sakkari rallied from a set and a break down to beat British number one Johanna Konta 2-6 6-4 6-1 and lift her first WTA title at the Rabat Grand Prix in Morocco on Saturday.

Konta, playing in her first WTA final since June last year, did not face a single break point as she surged ahead to claim the opening set before the unforced errors crept into her game.

The world number 47 was leading 3-2 in the second set before Sakkari drew level at 4-4.

Sixth seed Sakkari reeled off the next two games to force a decider before claiming the victory with a forehand winner, guaranteeing a surge into the WTA’s top 50 when the new rankings are released on Monday.

The 23-year-old fell on her back on the red clay and went on to kiss the surface in celebration after being congratulated at the net by Konta.

It was also a positive week for Konta’s French Open preparations as her four victories this week are the first time she has claimed more than two WTA main draw wins in a row on clay in her career.

Reporting by Hardik Vyas in Bengaluru, editing by Pritha Sarkar

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