The United States won the Women's Federation Tennis Cup in West Berlin on Sunday (25 May) by winning both their singles matches against Australia.
GTV: Chris Evert serves to Dianne Fromholtz and after lengthy rally Fromholtz makes cross court backhand pass to win set 6-4. SV of scoreboard (2 shots)
TV: Chris Evert serves to Dianne Fromholtz for match point. Fromholtz sends her next shot out. Chris Evert wins match 4-6, 6-1, 6-4. Players walks to net, shake hands, walk off
SV: Crowd applaud
TGV: Turnbull serves to Austin. After long rally, Austin wins point by cross court pass, SOME SHOT Turnbull serves again and Austin wins point after short rally to win first set 6-3.
LV: Turnbull serves from far end
SV: Austin returning ball and continuing rally
SV: Turnbull returns, ball into net
GV: Turnbull serving for match point. Austin wins match. Players shake hands and walk off
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Background: The United States won the Women's Federation Tennis Cup in West Berlin on Sunday (25 May) by winning both their singles matches against Australia. The Cup was a knockout contest and their 2-0 lead made play in the doubles match unnecessary for an overall win. But the United States completed a 3-0 whitewash when Americans Rosie Casals and Kathy Jordan beat Australia's Dianne Fromholtz and Susan Leo 2-6, 6-4, 6-4.
SYNOPSIS: In the first single match final, Chris Lloyd of the United States lost the first set to Australia's Dianne Fromholtz 4-6. Fromholtz broke Lloyd's serve in the second game but Mrs Lloyd broke back immediately. After a long fourth tame. Fromholtz again broke serve but held her own to take a 4-1 lead. The Australian was playing with greater freedom than at any time during the tournament, combining a series of delicate drop shots with her usual powerful forehands.
Mrs Lloyd came back to win the second set and by the third set Fromholtz's concentration seemed to have gone. As Lloyd led 5-0 Fromholtz finally opened her account in the sixth game to trail 1-5. But it was too late for recovery and Lloyd served to put the United States 1-0 up.
Wendy Turnbull was now faced with the daunting task of beating American Tracy Austin to keep Australia in the competition Austin, playing her usual almost faultless game, broke Turnbull's serve in the third game, and again in the seventh. Surprisingly the American girl dropped serve at 5-2, but broke back to take the set 6-3. Tracy Austin is currently ranked second in the world in the latest women's Tennis Association Computer listings. Still only seventeen years old, her greatest asset is perhaps her tremendous will to win. Wendy Turnbull made only a few unforced errors in the first set but that was a few too many against a Tracy Austin on top form. Miss Turnbull, ranked 6th in the WTA ratings, had played every day except Friday (23 May) since her arrival in West Berlin and her game showed some strain. A gritty player with a varied style she was simply outclassed by the young American.
In the second set Miss Austin continued to hit the ball hard while Turnbull favoured sliced ground shots, especially on the backhand. Austin broke Turnbull in the second game to take a 2-0 lead then held her own serve to stretch the lead to 3-0. Over the next four games both players held their serves. Finally with the score at 2-5 Wendy Turnbull served to keep Australia in the Federation Cup. However, Tracy Austin took the game and with it the Federation Cup for the United States.