Top-seeded Manuel Orantes of Spain outclassed ninth-seeded Kim Warwick of Australia to win the Japanese Open Tennis Championship played in Tokyo on Sunday (6 November).
Top-seeded Manuel Orantes of Spain outclassed ninth-seeded Kim Warwick of Australia to win the Japanese Open Tennis Championship played in Tokyo on Sunday (6 November). In a 45 minute match Orantes beat Warwick 6-2, 6-1.
SYNOPSIS: Twenty-five-year old Warwick, serving to Orantes, had defeated eighth-seeded Tim Gullikson of the United States in the semi-finals, and had lost three sets en routs to the finals. But 29-year-old veteran Orantes entered the finals without having lost a set in five preliminary matches, and was in sparkling good form.
The Spaniard outplayed Warwick after breaking his service in the third game of the first set, and here he was leading four games to one.
Orantes showed that he'd fully recovered from an operation on his left elbow last May ... and this was to be his third win on the International Grand Prix circuit since then.
The left-handed Spaniard thrilled the crowd of some 9,000 with good retrievals, drop shots and brilliant passing shots. Warwick had earlier displayed some good passing shots, and had managed to keep his service in two games. But he just wasn't good enough for the classy Spaniard.
Warwick later said "Orantes was just too good", and added that he would like to play the spaniard again -- but on a grass court. Orantes won 18,000 dollars, and 100 points in the Grand Prix series. That puts him fourth behind Vilas of Argentina, Gottfried of the United States, and Borg of Sweden.