• Short Summary

    Bjorn Borg of Sweden has failed in his bid to achieve the "Grand Slam" in tennis this year.

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    GV Jimmy Connors serves from the far side, long rally and Bjorn Borg wins point.
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    GV Crowd applaud.
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    GV Connors serves and long rally after which Borg loses point.
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    LV Scoreboard third set 5-2 to Connors.
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    GV Connors serves game point and wins point, set and match. Players shake hands.
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    CU Connors with cup.
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    GV Aircraft flies over PAN DOWN TO Pam Shriver at far end serving to Chris Evert with game going to Evert ZOOM INTO crowd.
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    GV Chris Evert at far end serves and wins point set and match.
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    SPORT: TENNIS

    Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved

    Background: Bjorn Borg of Sweden has failed in his bid to achieve the "Grand Slam" in tennis this year. He won the Italian, French and Wimbledon titles, but on Sunday (10 September) he went down to American Jimmy Connors in the final of the United States Open Championships, at Flushing Meadow, New York. For Connors the win represented revenge for his defeat at Wimbledon by Borg this summer - and also an unusual record. He has now won the U.S. Open title on three different surfaces - on grass in 1974, on clay in 1976 and a hard court this year. On the same day, fellow American Chris Evert won the Women's Title in a tough final against 16-year-old amateur, Pam Shriver. Evert's victory gave her the title for the fourth successive year, to equal the record of Helen Jacobs which had stood for almost half a century.

    SYNOPSIS: Connors, serving from the far side, had vowed he would play more aggressively after his Wimbledon defeat by Borg. From the very first set in Sunday's final, he played to dominate, never giving Borg a real chance to take command.

    Connors took two hours to win, taking nineteen break points against Borg's serve, and breaking the Swede's delivery five times. Borg had previously won fifty-five matches in a row.

    Borg was troubled by a thumb infection on his racket hand but refused to blame it for his defeat 6-4, 6-2, 6-2.

    In the women's title, Pam Shriver from Baltimore, serving from the far side, was the youngest player to reach the final. The sixteen year-old had earlier beaten the Number One Seed, Martina Navratilova to go through to the big match with Chris Evert. Shriver gave the defending champion a tough match - to the delight of the record tournament final crowd, numbering nineteen-and-a-half thousand.

    But Evert's experience won her the match - 7-5, 6-4. Shriver collected warm applause from the crowds for her efforts in giving Miss Evert one of her toughest finals, but her amateur status meant she had to leave behind the 20,000 dollar (GBP10,000) second prize.

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    Film ID:
    VLVADOTDBHBW4KYWMV81C4RT4R09C
    Media URN:
    VLVADOTDBHBW4KYWMV81C4RT4R09C
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    11/09/1978
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:02:01:00
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    Canister:
    N/A

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