The reigning Wimbledon women's champion, top-seeded Australian Evonne Goolangong, won her way through to the semi-finals in this year's championships by beating French international Francoise Durr on Monday (July 3).
The reigning Wimbledon women's champion, top-seeded Australian Evonne Goolangong, won her way through to the semi-finals in this year's championships by beating French international Francoise Durr on Monday (July 3). The 20-year-old part-Aborigine girl battled for an hour and 25 minutes to win, but eventually managed to subdue the tenacious French girl -- who fought hard enough to lead two-five in the second set.
The final score was eight-six, seven-five, giving Miss Goolangong two straight sets.
SYNOPSIS: Australian tennis star Evonne Goolagong, the twenty-year-old top-seeded current Wimbledon Women's champion, was her way through to this year's semi-final on Monday by beating French international, twenty-nine-year-old Francoise Durr. Miss Goolagong -- serving in the first game of the first set -- took time establishing her supremacy, losing this point to Miss Durr, the number eight seed.
Miss Durr, the tenacious French idol, kept up the pressure. This was the last game of the first set. She was more adventurous in coming up to the net, and wood her own unorthodox low backhand to take several points. Despite this, she lost the first set eight-six.
By the last game in the second set, Miss Durr -- serving -- was trailing behind. She lost this point to Miss Goolagong, who held the advantage six games to five.
And in the same game -- the final of the second set -- Miss Durr served a double fault to the game, set and match to Miss Goolangong, eight-six, sever-five.