The French Open Tennis Championships, being played in Paris, are continuing to provide plenty of surprises.
GV: Wendy Turnbull (Australia) serving (nearest camera wearing white) to Virginia Ruzici (Romania) in yellow. Long rally won by Turnbull
GV: Scoreboard showing Turnbul leading 1-0 in first set)
GV: Turnbull serving from far end and loses rally on backhand error
GV: Crowd applauding
GV: Turnbull serves (nearest camera) loses long rally
GV: Crowd in large stand
GV: Harold Solomon (darker hair nearest camera) serves to Brian Gottfried and loses point on overhit backhand
GV: Solomon serves and wins point and match. Runs to net and shakes hands
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Background: The French Open Tennis Championships, being played in Paris, are continuing to provide plenty of surprises. As the tournament reached the quarter final stage many of the seeded players had been knocked out.
SYNOPSIS: The top women players in particular have been having a hard time at the Roland Garros Stadium. The latest to be beaten was the third seed, Wendy Turnbull of Australia. Turnbull, serving from the end nearest the camera, went out to Virginia Ruzici of Romania.
Miss Turnbull won the first two games well enough, but then lost twelve straight. The Australian is known as 'the rabbit' but on this occasion her retrieving ability was of little use as she constantly made errors on her backhand.
Miss Turnball reached the final here last year. She lost then to Mrs Lloyd, who was the only one of the top four women's seeds remaining in the tournament. Miss Ruzici moved on to a semi-final against Diane Fromholz, the surprise conqueror of Billie-Jean King.
The men's championship proceeded a little more predictably as Bjorn Borg of Sweden chased a record third consecutive title. Borg, had an easy passage in the early stages, as did Harold Solomon of the United States. He comfortably beat compatriot Brian Gottfried. Solomon, with the darker hair and nearer to camera, did, however, make some mistakes on the slow court.
Both Gottfried and Solomon have been runners-up in the French Open in previous years, but this time it was the right-handed Solomon who went through to the quarter-finals.
Solomon won the match in straight sets, six-love, six-one, six-three.