American clay court queen Chris Evert and Australia's Wendy Turnbull reached the women's singles final of the French Open Tennis Championship in Paris.
TV Regina Marsikova (Czechoslovakia, far end) serving to Wendy Turnbull (Australia) and after a long 34-stroke baseline rally, Ms Turnbull runs to net and wins the point with a forehand drop volley,
LV Scoreboard showing Turnbull's win in first set by six games to four.
TV ms Turnbull (far end) serving at matchpoint and winning when Marsikova nets, then players shaking hands and walking away.
CU Chris Evert serving and in play against Dianne Fromholtz (not seen) of Australia
SV Rally in progress, ending when Ms Fromholtz nets with weak forehand return.
LV Scoreboard showing Ms Evert's win in first set six games to one.
TV Matchpoint with Ms Evert serving and winning when Ms Fromholtz net return; players shaking hands and walking away.
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Background: American clay court queen Chris Evert and Australia's Wendy Turnbull reached the women's singles final of the French Open Tennis Championship in Paris. On Thursday (7 June), Chris Evert, bidding for her third French title, was in a merciless mood, sweeping aside Dianne Fromholtz of Australia 6-1, 6-3, Wendy Turnbull, seeded fourth, proved faster and more consistent than Czechoslovakia's Regina Marsikova. She won her semi-final 6-4, 6-3.
SYNOPSIS: Regina Marsikova, serving from the far end, was not at her best. A knee injury gave her a slight limp. Her Australian opponent had a shaky start to her semi-final, but as the match progressed, Wendy Turnbull took almost complete control
In the end, Ms. Turnbull proved the more adventurous player, After a 34-stroke baseline rally, her forehand drop-shot at the net won her the first set by six games to four.
Matchpoint for Wendy Turnbull. In the last three games, the Australian lost just five points, and Ms. Marsikova clearly couldn't bear up to that pressure. 6-4, 6-3 then for Ms. Turnbull, and she's through to the final.
In the other semi-final played, American Chris Evert met Australian Dianne Fromholtz.
Ms. Fromholtz said of her game it was the worst she had played in a long time. And what was a disastrous first set four the Australian went to Ms. Evert by six games to one.
At one stage, Ms. Fromholtz lost fourteen consecutive points, and soon Ms. Evert served for matchpoint. Ms. Evert, won the semi-final 6-1, 6-3. She now meets Wendy Turnbull in Saturday's (9 June) final, a match which is expected to be a crowd-pleaser.