Britain made a promising start in the final of the Federation Cup in Johannesburg on Saturday (25 March) with a fine win by team captain Virginia Wade over South Africa's leading player Pat parroters.
Britain made a promising start in the final of the Federation Cup in Johannesburg on Saturday (25 March) with a fine win by team captain Virginia Wade over South Africa's leading player Pat parroters. Miss Wade took the match 6-3, 6-2.
Winnie Shaw followed this up by winning her first set 6-4 and taking the second to 4-2 against 21-year-old Brenda Kirk. But then the South African came back and swept Miss Shaw aside, winning the second set 7-5 and the third 6-0.
With 7,000 cheering fans packed around the Ellis Park court, Mrs. Pretorius and Miss Kirk went on the take the doubles and clinch South African's claim to the Federation Cup. Their tally against the British pair - Miss Wade and Mrs Joyce Williams - was 6-1, 7-5.
SYNOPSIS: Johannesburg - and in the final of the tenth Federation Cup, Britain's Virginia Wade serves to South Africa's number-one, Pat Pretorius.
Point to Mrs. Pretorius, but it was the British team leader who served for the match....(PAUSE)....Miss Wade took the first set 6-3 and the second 6-2. For a time it looked as if the British, having knocked out the holders, Australia, the day before, might win the Federation Cup for the first time.
Brenda Kirk of South Africa to Britain's Winnie Shaw.......
Miss Shaw won the first set 6-4, but the 21-year-old South African came back to serve for the match...(PAUSE)...Miss Kirk took the second set 7-5, then swept Miss Shaw aside with a six-to-nothing final set.
Miss Kirk again, serving in the doubles against Britain's Joyce Williams....and the South Africans take the point.
Miss Kirk to Miss Wade, serving for the tournament....(PAUSE)....and Brenda Kirk and Pat Pretorius take the Federation Cup, with a score of 6-1, 7-5. A popular win for then crowd of 7-thousand cheering South Africans at Ellis Park.