• Short Summary

    AT WIMBLEDON'S CENTRE COURT TODAY (THURSDAY) THERE WAS A THRILLING BATTLE BETWEEN TWO WIMBLEDON CHAMPIONS: MISS MARGARET SMITH, THE TOP-SEEDED AUSTRALIAN PLAYER WHO HOLDS THE LADIES' TITLE, AND MRS.

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    AT WIMBLEDON'S CENTRE COURT TODAY (THURSDAY) THERE WAS A THRILLING BATTLE BETWEEN TWO WIMBLEDON CHAMPIONS: MISS MARGARET SMITH, THE TOP-SEEDED AUSTRALIAN PLAYER WHO HOLDS THE LADIES' TITLE, AND MRS. KAREN SUSMAN OF AMERICA, THE 1962 CHAMPION.

    THEIR MATCH WAS THE FINEST OF THE DAY AND IN THE END IT WAS MISS SMITH, FIT, ATHLETIC, AND SUPREMELY GOOD, WHO WON 11-9, 6-0, THRUSTING BACK THE STRONG FIRST-SET CHALLENGE OF MRS. SUSMAN.

    IN THE FIRST SET BOTH PLAYERS PLAYED MAGNIFICENTLY, VIRTUALLY EVERY SHOT WAS A SEARCHING TRIAL OF STRENGTH TO THE OPPOSITION.

    MRS. SUSMAN GOT THE FIRST ADVANTAGE WHEN SHE BROKE SERVICE IN THE THIRD GAME AND WAS ABLE TO LEAD 3-1. THIS AUSTRALIAN SETBACK WAS OVERCOME THREE GAMES LATER, WHEN MRS. SUSMAN, DOUBLE-FAULTING TWICE, LOST THE ADVANTAGE.

    THE NEXT 13 GAMES WERE SERVICE-DOMINATED. NOT ONLY WAS THE POWER OF SERVICE HIGH, BUT THE VOLLEYS THAT FOLLOWED GOOD RETURNS WERE GENERALLY WINNERS. MISS SMITH WAS NO SERVING QUITE AS FAST AS MRS. SUSMAN, BUT HER SERVICE RETURNS WERE BETTER, AND IN HER SEVEN SERVICE GAMES FROM THREE-ALL SHE LOST ONLY FOUR POINTS.

    EVENTUALLY, IN THE 20TH GAME OF THE SET, MRS. SUSMAN DOUBLE-FAULTED TO BE SET POINT DOWN, AND THAT SHE YIELDED WITH A BACKHAND VOLLEY ERROR GIVING MISS SMITH THE SET 11-9.

    IN THE SECOND SET, THE AMERICAN PROVED TO BE MORE VULNERABLE UNDER STRAIN THAN HER OPPONENT. MISS SMITH, DOMINATING HER OWN SERVICE GAMES, PLAYED MRS. SUSMAN'S SERVICE WITH DEADLY ACCURACY, FOR THE MOST PART PENETRATING THE BACKHAND CORNER. ALTHOUGH THERE WERE SOME LONG RALLIES WITH INTERCHANGES OF ATTACKING SHOTS, MRS. SUSMAN WAS UNABLE TO WIN A GAME IN THE SECOND SET, SO THE TOP SEED WENT SAFELY THROUGH TO THE NEXT ROUND, LOOKING VERY MUCH A CHAMPION.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAAUO1673KQOYEPAWH7HT3R5U1X
    Media URN:
    VLVAAUO1673KQOYEPAWH7HT3R5U1X
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    25/06/1964
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:50:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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