Guillermo Vilas of Argentina dragged out his semi-final game against Eddie Dibbs of the United States in the Italian Open Tennis Championships in Rome, Italy, on Saturday (29 May) to win in 6-1, 6-3, 6-2.
Guillermo Vilas of Argentina dragged out his semi-final game against Eddie Dibbs of the United States in the Italian Open Tennis Championships in Rome, Italy, on Saturday (29 May) to win in 6-1, 6-3, 6-2. Vilas, the 23-year-old top seed who went on the next day to lose the final to Adriano Panatta of Italy, was prepared to rally indefinitely and merely wait until Dibbs made a mistake before taking a point.
In the women's final on the same day Australia's Lesley Hunt suffered a 26th birthday defeat to lose to 19-year-old Mima Jausovec of Yugoslavia 6-1, 6-3. It was s drab, disappointing and one-sided final, with Miss. Jausovec playing steadily to take the prize. Miss. Hunt failed to hold any of her services.
SYNOPSIS: The women's final in the Italian Open Championships in Rome, Italy, on Saturday--with Lesley Hunt of Australia at the far end in blue playing Mima Jausovec of Yugoslavia. Nineteen-year old Miss. Jausovec showed her winning form from the start.
Twenty-six-year old Miss. Hunt--it was her birthday--failed to hold any of her services. In a dull, disappointing and one-sided game she lost steadily to her young opponent.
Miss. Jausovec, who has lost three times to Miss. Hunt in the past, went on to a 6-1, 6-3 victory. Afterwards Miss. Hunt, in tears, confessed she had been so nervous she could not swing properly.
With her trophy, Miss. Jausovec also took GBP 2,500 in prize money.
In the men's semi-final, Guillermo Vilas of Argentina -- at the far end in the red shirt -- met Eddie Dibbs of the USA in a 110-minute match. Vilas did no more than was necessary--content to rally defensively, waiting for his opponent to make mistakes before taking easy points.
The crowd saw Vilas, who went on to defeat in the final the following day against Adriano Panatta of Italy, carry Dibbs to a 6-1, 6-3, 6-2 -- allowing the American to make his own mistakes and lose his own points.