Australia's Evonne Cawley defeated Ann Kiyomura of the United States in the first round of the 50,000 U.
Australia's Evonne Cawley defeated Ann Kiyomura of the United States in the first round of the 50,000 U.S. DOLLAR (23,800 pounds sterling) Toray Sillok Ladies World Tennis Tournament in Tokyo, on Wednesday (17 September). The win took her into the semi-finals of the series.
Mrs. Cawley took the first set 6-3 in only 30 minutes, putting on a show of baseline superiority that completely ??? her American opponent.
But, with the crowd's enthusiasm pushing her on, Miss Kiyomura who is of Japanese descent, fought back to take the second set 5-7 with some inspired close-court play. Miss Kiyomura was in the winning women's double combination in Britain's Wimbledon competition earlier this year.
The third and final set proved to be a test of stamina and concentration for both players. In the end, Mrs. Cawley's championship experience overcame a tiring Miss Kiyomura on the synthetic grass surface at Tokyo's former Olympic centre. Mrs. Cawley won 6-3, 5-7, 6-2.
Her victory means that Mrs. Cawley will face West Germany's Karen Ebbinghaus in the semi-finals on Thursday (18 September. It also creates the possibility of an all-Australian final. The other semi-final is all-Australian between veterans Margaret Court and Helen Gourlay.
The final of the series is to be played in the western city of Osaka on Friday (19 September) ... with a prize of 16,000 U.S. dollars (7,600 pound sterling) for the winner.