America's Billie Jean king won her sixth women's Wimbledon singles tennis title on Friday (4 July) with a devastating -- and for the centre court crowd, disappointing -- display of all-court power that destroyed Australia's Evonne Cawley 6-0, 6-1 in just under 40 minutes.
GV Mrs. king serving in first set & Mrs. Cawley lobs out of court as crowd looks or (2 shots)
GV Mrs. King serves to win first set point as Mrs. Cawley hits out of court crowd applauds & scprenpard
GV Mrs. Cawley serving and hits Mrs. King's return into set
MV ZOOM OUT TO GV Mrs. Cawley serving & wins her only game & waves her arm in air & crowd applauds (2 shots))
GV Mrs. Cawley serves and wins point after rally and crowd applauds (2 shots)
GV Mrs. Cawley serving, Mrs. King wins game, set and match point after rally and crowd applauds and scoreboard (3 shots)
GV ZOOM INTO MV Mrs. King being presented winner's silver plate by Duke of Kent
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Background: America's Billie Jean king won her sixth women's Wimbledon singles tennis title on Friday (4 July) with a devastating -- and for the centre court crowd, disappointing -- display of all-court power that destroyed Australia's Evonne Cawley 6-0, 6-1 in just under 40 minutes.
It was the most one-sided women's final seen at Wimblendon since 1951 when another American -- Doris Hart -- beat compatriot Shirley Fry 6-2, 6-0.
Mrs. King, 31, the third seed, who was playing in her last major singles tournament, allowed Mrs. Cawley -- the former Miss Goolagong -- just 24 points ... ten in the first set and 14 in the second ... as she took the singles crown.
Afterwards the champion said: "It was about as close as I've come to perfect."
The victory came at the end of her most intensive build-up to Wimbledon since she first appeared at the All England club 14 years ago. The victory gave Mrs. King a total of 19 singles and doubles titles to equal the Wimbladon record set by American Elizabeth Ran, who picked up all her victories in doubles between 1914 and 1934. She will have a chance to break that record next year as she has promised to return to Wimbledon in the doubles.
For now she will be able to go back to her favourite diet of beer and ice cream -- both of which were banned during the strict self-discipline imposed during the lead-up to the scintillating virtuoso performance on which she has chosen to finish her singles tennis career.