Top-seeded American Jimmy Connors defeated South African, Bob Hewitt, in a first round men's singles match at the beginning of the United States Open Tennis Championships at Forest Hills, New York on Wednesday (1 September).
1st Set: GV: Connors serving to Hewitt, play, with crowd looking on. (3 shots)
SV: Bob Hewitt returns ball PULL OUT TO GV of both players as crowd applauds (2 shots)
2nd Set: SV: Connors returning play PULL OUT TO GV of both players with Connors making winning shot along sideline.
SV: scoreboard Connors 6-3, 6-3.
GV: players leaving court.
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Background: Top-seeded American Jimmy Connors defeated South African, Bob Hewitt, in a first round men's singles match at the beginning of the United States Open Tennis Championships at Forest Hills, New York on Wednesday (1 September).
SYNOPSIS: Showing much of the sharp form that carried him to the Wimbledon and U.S. titles in 1974, Connors defeated Hewitt in two straight sets, 6-3, 6-3. The 36 years-old Hewitt kept up with Connors in the long, back-court rallies -- but found himself defeated by clean passing shots at crucial points.
He broke Connors in the eighth game of the opening set and twice in the second set. But Connors always managed to reach back and come up with some hidden reserve to regain commando.
The left-handed Connors did not seem to extend himself fully at any stage of the match. Hewitt tried to move the American around the court with an assortment of lobs and drop shots. But Connors frequently was able to come up toe the net and score with placements and smashes.
Connors celebrated his 24th birthday this week. He had won only one prominent tournament since his great year in 1974 -- the Indianapolis Clay Court Championships. While scoring many individual triumphs over leading players, he's failed to win a major championship.