JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA
INTRODUCTION: Sport, and the final of the South African Open Tennis Championship on Monday (30 November) was won by the young American player, Kathy Horvath.
JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA
1. GV Kathy Horvath, USA, serving from top in blue, and hits winner. CU Horvath 0.21
2. GV Rinaldi serves in white, and hits winner. CU Rinaldi 0.41
3. CU Rinaldi, and Horvath serves and Rinaldi nets to lose fist set. SV Horvath walks off (3 shots) 0.58
4. GV Scoreboard, Horvath 7-6 in 1st set 1.00
5. GV Rinaldi serving, long rally, and Rinaldi hits out. CU Horvath (2 shots) 1.34
6. GV Rinaldi serves and hits her volley into net 1.53
7. SV Players walk to net and shake hands. Horvath winner 1.58
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Background: JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA
INTRODUCTION: Sport, and the final of the South African Open Tennis Championship on Monday (30 November) was won by the young American player, Kathy Horvath. She beat an even younger opponent, Kathy Rinaldi, who's just 14, and also American. The championship, like many other international sporting events in South Africa, had been boycotted by many of the world's top players.
SYNOPSIS: The setting was Johannesburg. The tournament, although greatly devalued by the absence of many top class players, was worth nearly eighty thousand dollars to the winner of the women's event. Kathy Horvath,in the blue, served to stay in the first set. At sixteen, she is a veteran in tennis terms: Miss Rinaldi, in the white, is fourteen.
The first set was hard fought with Miss Rinaldi at first seeming to be on top. But Miss Horvath pulled back with some difficulty to stand at 6-6 in the first set and force a tie-break.
It was Miss Horvath who established a lead in the tie-break. She reached 6 points to 4, and needed another point to take the set. Miss Rinaldi obligingly hit the ball into the net.
The second set was less evenly contested. Kathy Rinaldi, who only last summer had been the youngest contestant at Wimbledon for nearly eighty years, found the long rallies usually ended with the younger girl hitting the ball out of court. As the contest stretched well into its second hour, Miss Horvath began to dominate. Miss Rinaldi, the latest American tennis schoolgirl sensation, was learning that it was not enough just to return the ball.
After a brief hiccup, when Miss Horvath lost her serve at 5-3 ahead in the second set, the older girl made amends in the following game.
For Miss Horvath, the final score, 7-6, 6-4 represented her most notable victory to date.
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