Australia's Evonne Cawley, formerly Miss Goolagong, and Chris Evert of the U.S., won the semi-finals?
Australia's Evonne Cawley, formerly Miss Goolagong, and Chris Evert of the U.S., won the semi-finals of the U.S. women's open tennis championships at Forest Hills on Friday (5 September) and will meet each other in the finals.
Mrs. Cawley defeated Britain's Virginia Wade 7-5, 6-1 to win her chance to fight for the U.S. title and first prize of 25,000 U.S. dollars (13,500 sterling).
On the clay courts of Forest Hills, near New York, Mrs. Cawley held the initiative for most of the match, almost always on the attack.
It will be the Australian's third successive final in the U.S. championships. In 1973 she was defeated by Australian Margaret Court and last year by Billie-jean King of the United States.
Chris Evert will be facing her first final. She defeated a long-standing rival, Czechoslovakian player Martina Navratilova 6-4, 6-4. It took her about 70 minutes to quell her opponent on the clay court surface.
SYNOPSIS: On the clay courts at Forest Hills near New York on Friday, the women's semi-finals of the U.S. open tennis championships. On this court, Chris Evert of the U.S. playing long-time rival Martina Navratilova of Czechoslovakia. Miss Evert, in the far side, never allowed her opponent an easy shot. She went on to win, ??? only after a struggle.
Miss Evert took the first set six to four.
Here, the match point.
Miss Evert takes the match, putting her for the first time into her national finals.
She will meet Evonne Cawley, formerly Goolagong, of Australia. Mrs. Cawley met Britain's Virginia Wade who she defeated earlier this year in the quarter finals at Wimbledon. Mrs. Cawley, in the far side, held the initiative for most of the match, almost always on the attack.
The Australian took the first set seven to five. Miss Wade's game fell apart in the second set. Mrs. Cawley serves.
With her stinging style, she won the point with a back hand passing shot. She won the set six to one. Mrs. Cawley now faces her third U.S. final and the chance to win twenty five thousand dollars.