Tennis -- and the second day of the ninety-third Wimbledon championships -- traditionally known as Ladies' day -- provided fewer shocks that the opening day.
Tennis -- and the second day of the ninety-third Wimbledon championships -- traditionally known as Ladies' day -- provided fewer shocks that the opening day. Britain's twelfth seed, Sue Barker, was the only fancied player to fall -- losing in three sets to the teenage Argentine, Ivanna Madruga. Top seed Martina Navratilova had a little early trouble disposing of South Africa's Tanya Harford but ran out the winner by 4-6, 6-2, 6-1. Australia's Evonne Cawley had even less trouble disposing of American Marcie Louie 6-0, 6-3.
SYNOPSIS: The blonde South African is near the bottom of world ranking and had to qualify for Wimbledon, but she broke Miss Navratilova's service in the opening game and held on to take the first set 6-4.
The centre court began buzzing with excitement, but the champion soon got her game together, taking the second set and racing to a 5-1 lead in the third. Miss Harford saved the first match point when her opponent put her backhand out.
But Miss Navratilova made no mistake with the next, and moved into the second round to the delight of her mother who was watching the champion for the first time since her daughter defected from Czechoslovakia four years ago.
Evonne Cawley serves to Marcie Louie in the second set. The Australian captivate the Wimbledon crowd in 1971 when, playing under her maiden name of Goolagong, she beat Margaret Court in the final. Mrs. Cawley has been runner-up three times since, and says she will retire if she wins Wimbledon again this year. She raced through the first set, but Miss Louie found her rhythm towards the end of the second, and had the former champion chasing around the court.
The third seed finally got to match point and served for a place in the second round. But the young Californian wasn't quite finished and made Mrs. Cawley work hard before she finished the match with a superb cross-court forehand.