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.
GV Jimmy Connors serving to Arthur Ashe is first set and winning point to take set, and umpire announces result
SV crowd in arena
GV Connors serving to Ashe at set point in second set ad wins PAN TO umpire
CU electronics score-board showing 6-3, 6-4, and 5-1 to Connors in third set
GV Ashe serving to Connors and returning ball out of court, umpire announcing game, set and match to Connors PAN TO players shaking hands and walking off court
SV crowd applauding
CU ZOOM OUT TO SV trophy
SV Connors being handed cheque for 40,000 dollars and trophy, and Connors holds up trophy
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Background: 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.