Tennis -- and Spain's Manuel Orantes defeated Harold Solomon 6-1, 6-0 in the semi-final of the 100,000 U.
Tennis -- and Spain's Manuel Orantes defeated Harold Solomon 6-1, 6-0 in the semi-final of the 100,000 U.S. dollar Japan Open tournament in Tokyo on Saturday (5 November). Twenty eight year old Orantes was due to meet Australian Kim Warwick in the final.
SYNOPSIS: Top-seeded Orantes had a surprisingly easy win over 25-year-old Solomon, nearest the camera, seeded third. Solomon, from Pompano Beach in Florida, said it was the worst game he'd ever played.
On the other hand Orantes, watched on a warm and sunny day by a crowd of 6,500 at Tokyo's Denen Tennis Club, showed fine set point.
Orantes completely outplayed Solomon on the clay court with good retrieves and brilliant passing shots. He said he put pressure on his opponent right from the start because Solomon plays well when he gets into a rhythm.
Solomon's winning shots were few and far between and in the second set he never really looked like taking a game.
Orantes has already won this year's United States clay court and pro tournaments and he stands fourth in the international grand prix standings. On this occasion he was considered favourite to win the Open, but Orantes refused to predict the outcome of the final on Sunday (6 November).