• Short Summary

    IN A MATCH WHICH KEPT THE CENTRE CROWD ON THE EDGES OF THEIR SEATS, ANN JONES MADE IT FOURTEENTH TIME LUCKY AT WIMBLEDON THIS AFTERNOON (4 JULY).

  • Description

    IN A MATCH WHICH KEPT THE CENTRE CROWD ON THE EDGES OF THEIR SEATS, ANN JONES MADE IT FOURTEENTH TIME LUCKY AT WIMBLEDON THIS AFTERNOON (4 JULY). SHE TOOK THE WOMEN'S SINGLES TITLE FROM THE HOLDER, MRS. BILLIE-JEAN KING, 3-6, 3-6, 6-2.

    MRS. JONES HAS BEEN TRYING TO WIN THE TITLE SINCE 1956. SHE HAD BEEN A SEMI-FINALIST EIGHT TIMES, BUT THIS WAS ONLY HER SECOND FINAL. TWO YEARS AGO SHE LOST TO MRS. KING IN TWO SETS. IN FIVE PREVIOUS WIMBLEDON MEETINGS WITH HER RIVALS, SHE HAD WON ONLY ONCE.

    HER EPIC SEMI-FINAL VICTORY AGAINST NUMBER ONE SEED MARGARET COURT ON WEDNESDAY HAD RAISED SOME HOPES THAT THIS MIGHT BE THE YEAR FOR MRS. JONES. BUT MOST OF THE CROWD SHARED HER OWN AGONISED UNCERTAINTY WHEN THE MATCH BEGAN. THE FIRST SET DID LITTLE TO RAISE THEIR HOPES. MRS. KING FLASHED THROUGH IT TO A 3-6 VICTORY IN 21 MINUTES.

    ANN JONES' VICTORY RAMPAGE BEGAN IN THE THIRD GAME OF THE SECOND SET. HER RESOLVE STRENGTHENED AS SHE FELT THE CROWD BEHIND HER, AND SHE STARTED HITTING THE BALL TO GREATER PURPOSE, TAKING SEVERAL KEY POINTS WITH TELLINGLY ACCURATE SMASHES.

    WITH TWO CLOSE LINE CALLS AGAINST HER, MRS. KING FELL 4-0 BEHIND. HER BRIEF RALLY TO 4-3 TAKING EIGHT POINTS IN A ROW WAS BROKEN WHEN MRS. JONES HELD HER SERVICE, AND THEN LEVELLED THE MATCH WHEN SHE TOOK HER AMERICAN RIVAL'S DELIVERY AGAIN.

    IN THE FINAL SET, THE TENSION BEGAN TO TELL ON BOTH PLAYERS AND SPECTATORS. THE FIRST THREE GAMES WERE FAST AND HARD, WITH TWO MORE CONTROVERSIAL LINE CALLS. MRS. JONES WENT 15-40 DOWN ON HER SERVICE AFTER TWO CANNON-SHOT BACKHANDS FROM THE AMERICAN HIT A SIDELINE.

    THE BRITISH GIRL RALLIED SO POWERFULLY, HOWEVER, THAT MRS. KING BEGAN TO FLAG. HER SERVICE LOST POWER, HER VOLLEYS LOST THEIR CRISPNESS. FINALLY, AFTER THREE MATCH POINTS AGAINST HER IN THE EIGHT GAME, BILLIE JEAN DOUBLE-FAULTED TO GIVE BRITAIN HER FIRST SINGLES TITLE SINCE 1961.

    SO ANN JONES CONFOUNDED THE PROPHETS, AND COLLECTED, AS WELL AS HER TROPHY FROM PRINCESS ANNE, A CASH PRIZE OF GBP1,500, AND THE ENVIABLE DISTINCTION OF BEING THE FIRST BRITISH GIRL TO DEFEAT A FOREIGNER IN THE FINAL FOR 32 YEARS.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA3COA1W5PNRAQC6YJOUXUDKY1M
    Media URN:
    VLVA3COA1W5PNRAQC6YJOUXUDKY1M
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    04/07/1969
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:02:00:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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