• Short Summary

    Top ladies seed Margaret Court of Australia easily won her first round singles match at Wimbledon on Wednesday (27 June), defeating fellow Australian Karen Krantzcke 6-2, 6-3.

  • Description

    Top ladies seed Margaret Court of Australia easily won her first round singles match at Wimbledon on Wednesday (27 June), defeating fellow Australian Karen Krantzcke 6-2, 6-3.

    On a gray afternoon, with the court in treacherous condition, Mrs. Court could have been forgiven for approaching a difficult first round with diffidence. But she attacked right from the start, never letting Miss. Krantzcke settle down. Mrs. Court had spent the previous week sleeping on a bed of boards as a result of a back-injury, sustained during the London grass courts championships. But she showed no signs of discomfort as she served hard, and rushed to the net out-volleying her follow Australian.

    Miss. Krantzche never attempted to use the lob to counter-act Mrs. Court's dominating net-lay. Instead she tried to pass her opponent on the outside of the court, but a payer of Mrs. Court's ability rarely presents enough openings to enable this to be a viable policy.

    Mrs. Court broke Miss. Krantzcke's serve three times in the first set and once more in the second. The number one seed never looked in trouble.

    If Mrs. Court wins Wimbledon this year and then wins the American championships at Forest Hill she will become the first women to complete the Grand Slam for a second time. She has already won the French and Australian championships.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA5H00LSCNZLX12WB0SXL9BXQPZ
    Media URN:
    VLVA5H00LSCNZLX12WB0SXL9BXQPZ
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    27/06/1973
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:43:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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