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    Tennis -- and top-seeded Jimmy Connors of the United States had a straight sets win over fellow countryman Arthur Ashe in the finals of the U.

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    Tennis -- and top-seeded Jimmy Connors of the United States had a straight sets win over fellow countryman Arthur Ashe in the finals of the U.S. Professional indoor Tennis Championship in Philadelphia. Thirty-five year-old Ashe -- seeded tenth -- had done well to beat number four seed Vias Gerulaitis in the semi-final. But he was no match for Connors on Sunday (28 January).

    SYNOPSIS: Connors, serving at set point in the first set, met little serious resistance.

    Ashe put up more of a fight in the second set, but the couldn't keep up with the pace. It was revenge for Connors at last, after losing to Ashe at Wimbledon in 1975.

    At five-one down in the third and final set, Ashe was really feeling his age. After winning the first game, he lost six in a row.

    So Connors took the match, the trophy and a cheque for first prize of forty thousand dollars. His victory reinforced his position at the top in world tennis, although he will face a serious challenge in the near future from the up and-coming John McEnroe. In these championships, McEnroe was knocked out by Roscoe Tanner in the quarter finals, but he is expected to do better next year.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA69CA1XCLU6LY3QH1UERIUSB3G
    Media URN:
    VLVA69CA1XCLU6LY3QH1UERIUSB3G
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    29/01/1979
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:41:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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