Eastbourne's Johanna Konta broke a long-standing record as she won the Viking open at Nottingham.

The 30-year-old became the first British woman to win a tournament on home soil since Sue Barker in 1981, who won the Brighton International.

It was also the British NO.1's fourth WTA Tour title – and her first since 2017, as she cruised to victory at Nottingham with a comprehensive 6-2 6-1 win over China's Zhang Shuai in the final, yesterday afternoon.

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But Konta was over the moon the break the record, after a tough start to the year.

She said: “It’s quite an amazing stat. One person gets to win the tournament at the end of the week, so the odds aren’t in anyone’s favour really.

“It’s hard to win tournaments, so that’s why I felt very grateful.

"To do it in front of a home crowd on the grass, it’s an experience I haven’t had yet and I’m really grateful to be having right now.

“But it is an experience I haven’t had before and I am very grateful. The opportunities to win titles are tough to come by and to actually win them is even tougher.

“A lot of things have to come together for it to be at home.

"I also know how hard I work to create this opportunity for myself so I feel very proud of myself for that. So, overall I am happy.”

Konta will be hoping to continue her impressive start to the grass season, as she plays at the Viking International Eastbourne, which gets underway on Saturday.