Guillermo Vilas of Argentina and Chris Evert of the United States have won the singles titles of the Canadian Open Tennis Tournament in Toronto.
GTV Vilas serves and loses point
CU Vilas at net smiling
GTV Vilas serves and wins point
GTV Orantes serves and after long rally wins point
GV Evert walks onto court
GTV Heldman serves and loses point and game
SV Evert runs to net and shakes hands with Heldman
Initials BB/1926 BL/PN/BB/1968
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Background: Guillermo Vilas of Argentina and Chris Evert of the United States have won the singles titles of the Canadian Open Tennis Tournament in Toronto.
On Saturday (18 August) Wimbledon Champion Chris Evert, who's 19, beat the 1965 Canadian Women's Champion, Julie Heldman 6-0, 6-3.
Miss Heldman, who's 28, never looked like winning but managed to unsteady Every with lobbing tactics in the second set.
Miss Evert -- who in Rome and Paris before Wimbledon -- picked up 6,000 dollars U.S. (GBP 2,700 sterling) for the win, taking her earnings for the year to 150,000 dollars U.S. (about GBP 68,000 sterling).
The following day (Sunday 18 August) Guillermo Vilas overpowered Manuel Orantes of Spain, 6-4, 6-2, 6-3, to win the Man's Singles.
Vilas, a 22 year old, beat Orantes with solid ground strokes from the baseline. Last year, Orantes lost in the Canadian Open finals to Tom Okker of Holland.
The Argentinian won the game on this birthday and collected 16,00 dollars U.S. (GBP 7,600 sterling). Orantes, who was also Vilas' doubles partner, collected 8,000 dollars U.S. (GBP 3,600 sterling).
Vilas reached the third round of Wimbledon and since then has been one of the hottest players on the circuit, taking the Swiss Open and Dutch Open in successive weeks.
SYNOPSIS: Guillermo Vilas of Argentina -- arriving here -- took the Canadian Open Singles title in Toronto on Sunday. Vilas ??? playing on his twenty second birthday -- beat Manuel Orantes of Spain in a???inght sets. Orantes never looked like ???oning but gave Vilas some tough moments.
Vilas, ??? reached the third round at Wimbledon was since emerged a??? one of the hottest players on the circuit in the past weeks.
Vilas and Orantes were doubles partners in the Canadian Open. They know each other's style and there were some long rallies during the match.
Vilas went on to beast Orantes, six-four, six-two, six-three. The Argentinian collected sixteen thousand dollars for the win while his doubles partner got eight thousand. It was the second year running that Orantes was runner up for the Canadian Open Singles title.
The previous day, Wimbledon champion, Chris Evert beat Julie Heldman to win the women's singles. The nineteen year old American had little trouble beating the twenty-eight year old former Canadian women's champion. Miss Heldman kept Miss Evert on her toes w???h lobbing tactics but Miss Evert eventually won six-love, six-three.
Miss Evert won in Rome ??? Paris before taking the Wimbledon t??? She picked up six thousand dollars ???or her Canadian Open victory.