Tennis -- and top seed Chris Evert of the United States encountered unexpected second set difficulties against fellow-American Ruta Gerulaitis as she opened her defence of her women's singles title at the Wimbledon tennis championships in London on Tuesday (21 June).
TV PAN Play in second set, Gerulaitis (far and) serves and loses point after putting ball out of court after long rally
LV ZOOM OUT still in second set, Gerulaitis serves and loses point
LV ZOOM IN Final game of the second set evert serves and wins point to go 30-15 up
TV Evert serves and wins point 40-15
TV Evert serves and loses point 40-30
TV Match point ... Evert serves and wins, Players shake hands at net and walk off PAN UP TO scoreboard 6-0, 6-3
SV Evert (left) and Gerulaitis (right) walk off to applause
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Background: Tennis -- and top seed Chris Evert of the United States encountered unexpected second set difficulties against fellow-American Ruta Gerulaitis as she opened her defence of her women's singles title at the Wimbledon tennis championships in London on Tuesday (21 June). Nevertheless, Miss Evert managed to take the match 6-0, 6-3.
SYNOPSIS: 21 year-old Miss Evert swept through the first set in 20 minutes and looked as if she was going to win the match with embarrassing ease, but Miss Gerulaitis, younger sister of the men's number eight seed, Vitas Gerulaitis, hit some bumping ground strokes in the second set, to put Miss Evert under unexpected pressure. Here in the second set, Miss Gerulaitis serves, and after a long persistent rally, loses the point.
Miss Evert won the first seven games, but lost the next three, giving Miss Gerulaitis a 3-1 lead in the second.
But it was at this point that Miss Gerulaitis's weaker backhand seemed to let her down.
In the last game of the second set Miss Evert piled on the pressure.
Battling against overwhelming odds Miss Gerulaitis fought to stay in the match, coming within one point of a deuce to save this game.
But Miss Evert finally wore down opponent to take the game. set and match 6-0,6-3. Miss Evert won the singles title at Wimbledon in 1974 and the singles and doubles title last year.