Johanna Konta calls umpire ‘absolute joke’ after defeat to Ashleigh Barty

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• British No 1 storms off court after Nature Valley Open final
• Line call from chair umpire prompts angry outburst

Johanna Konta, who blew a 4-1 lead in the deciding set, was furious with the chair umpire over a poor line call and stormed off court to cool down before returning to congratulate Ashleigh Barty for winning the Nature Valley Open in Nottingham on Sunday.

“This is an absolute joke. We are out here busting our chops. You are making decisions that affect all our lives,” Konta shouted at the umpire before completing the final, which Barty won 6-3, 3-6, 6-4 in a tense, see-sawing match that lasted just over two hours. The Australian kept her composure throughout the spat.

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Written by Guardian sport
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