Chris Evert, the seventeen-year-old United States tennis prodigy faced her first match in the 1972 Wimbledon Championships on Wednesday (28 June).
Chris Evert, the seventeen-year-old United States tennis prodigy faced her first match in the 1972 Wimbledon Championships on Wednesday (28 June). She ultimately won the test after suffering an initial set-back.
Miss Evert was out-powered and out-manouvered in the opening set by her United States Wightman Cup colleague Valerie Ziegenfuss. But, in the second and final sets the number four seeded Miss Evert came back to win by 1-6, 6-3, 6-3.
The debut at Wimbledon of the high school student from Fort Lauderdale, Florida attracted a capacity crowd of nine-thousand to the number one court.
The consistent efficiency of Nise Ever,s play wore down Miss Zieganfuse who is ranked eleventh in the United States -- eight places below Miss Evart -- after she had threatened one of the biggest upsets of the championship so far.
SYNOPSIS: Chris Evert, seventeen-year-old United States tennis prodigy, had her first test at Wimbledon Wednesday in match against fellow countrymen Valeris Ziegenfuss. In the first set Miss Evert was unable to curb the power and control of Miss Ziegenfuss' play. Miss Evert is serving.
Miss Evert still serves. It was Miss Ziegenfuss' aggressiveness and adventurous net ply that forced Miss Evert out of her rhythm to win the first set.
Miss Evert lost the first set one to six.
In the second and third sets Chris Evert regained her control. Again, Miss Evert serves.
A capacity crowd of nine-thousand jammed the number-one court to watch Chris Evert make her come form behind. Miss Evert serves for set, match point
Miss Evert, after her loss in the first set, came back to win the last two sets; six-three, six-three. Miss ziegenfuss could not keep her early lead against Miss Evert's extremely accurate forehand and strong two-handed back-hand.