Vekic beats Konta in 3 sets to win Nottingham final

Croatia's Donna Vekic holds up the trophy after winning the women's final on day seven of the Nottingham Open at Nottingham Tennis Cent

Great Britain's Johanna Konta plays a shot against Croatia's Donna Vekic during the women's final on day seven of the Nottingham Open a

Great Britain's Johanna Konta in action against Croatia's Donna Vekic during the women's final on day seven of the Nottingham Open at N

Croatia's Donna Vekic pauses during her match against Great Britain's Johanna Konta in the women's final on day seven of the Nottingham

NOTTINGHAM, England (AP) — Unseeded Donna Vekic recovered from a poor start to beat top-seeded Johanna Konta of Britain 2-6, 7-6 (3), 7-5 Sunday in the Aegon Open final for her second singles title.

Eighth-ranked Konta looked to have overcome a mid-match wobble as she recovered to lead her Croatian opponent 5-4 in the final set but Vekic struck back again.

Konta, playing her first career final on grass, broke the 20-year-old Vekic in the first game and powered through the opening set.

Vekic's recovery started as she broke to lead 3-1 in the second set. Konta immediately broke back but lost the set on a tiebreaker and fell 3-1 behind in the decider before recovering to draw back level and then lead.

After serving to stay in the match, Vekic claimed a crucial break and served out for victory at the Wimbledon warmup.