Australian Evonne Cawley defeated the Dutch player, Elly Vessies-Appel, on Tuesday (22 June) in the first round of the women's singles in the Wimbledon Tennis Championships.
GV: Mrs. Cawley (nearest camera) serving in final game of first set, rally and loses point ZOOM TO scoreboard showing Mrs. Vessies-Appel down two games to five and the score at 30-40 in the 8th game
GV: Mrs. Cawley serving for first set and winning point ZOOM TO scoreboard showing first set to Mrs. Cawley 6-2
GV: Final set Mrs. Vessies-Appel serving (nearest camera). Rally and Mrs. Cawley wins point giving Mrs. Cawley 40-30 up after 5 games all
GV: Mrs. Vessies-Appel serving and losing point and game to go 6-5 down in second set
SV PAN FROM scoreboard to Mrs. Cawley (nearest camera) serving for the match; rally; point, game, set and match to Mrs. Cawley; players walk to net; shake hands and leave court.
About the only person not convinced of the superiority of Mrs. Cawley and Miss. Evert, is Britain's Virginia Wade - and if anyone is going to spring a surprise it will be her. The 31 year old British girl easily defeated fellow countrywoman Michelle Tyler 6-3, 6-4, in her opening match on Tuesday. Miss. Evert also did well showing the crowd she's as ruthless as ever, despatching her fellow American, Linda Thomas 6-1, 6-1, in 50 minutes. Mrs. Cawley is seeded second to Miss. Evert, and although she dropped five more games than Miss. Evert, she won her opening match in a shorter time, highlighting the difference between the two players. Mrs. Cawley's erratic brilliance means she is liable to lose games unexpectedly, but she rarely allows a rally to linger on, attempting a winner, even when under pressure.
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Background: Australian Evonne Cawley defeated the Dutch player, Elly Vessies-Appel, on Tuesday (22 June) in the first round of the women's singles in the Wimbledon Tennis Championships.
SYNOPSIS: In the final game of the first set, Mrs. Cawley - nearest camera - led five games-to-two with the score at 40-30 in the eighth. Mrs. Cawley dominated the game, although she lost this point.
Mrs. Cawley - the former Miss. Goolagong - soon recovered her service and went on to win the first set from her Dutch opponent six-two.
In the second set, after five games all, the score was 40-30 in favour of Mrs. Cawley facing camera.
Mrs. Vessies-Appel, nearest camera, served and lost another point on service, to go down 6-5 in the second set.
Serving for the match, Mrs. Cawley - nearest camera - regained her commanding style over Mrs. Vessies-Appel to win the match. Miss. Cawley is a strong favourite to win the women's championship. In the absence of last year's champion, American Billie Jean King, and Margaret Court of Australia, the other favourite is American Chris Evert. Judging by the betting, both Mrs. Cawley and Miss. Evert should face each other in the final.