The Wimbledon Tennis Championships again dabbled in the unexpected on Wednesday (27 June), the third day of play in the series.
The Wimbledon Tennis Championships again dabbled in the unexpected on Wednesday (27 June), the third day of play in the series. Both top men's seeds, Sweden's Bjorn Borg and John McEnroe of the United States had to fight hard in their second round matches, although they both came through with wins. This followed on several big upsets in earlier play when four men's seeds, including Vital Gerulaitis, failed to survive their opening matches. There had been similar upsets in the women's competition, but one who wasn't affected by the Wimbledon 'butterflies' was U.S. veteran Billie Jean King.
SYNOPSIS: King's second-round match was against Lina Siegel of the U.S., who was serving in the final set. In her first round match King had a convincing win against South Africa's Yvonne Vermaak beating her 6-4, 6-1, and seemed set to do the same here.
King is competing for her twentieth Wimbledon title, having won her first in the women's doubles when she was seventeen in 1961.
King has earned respect for her game, and the crowds seemed happy with her 6-1, 6-3 win over Siegel.
The match between Borg and India's Vijay Amritraj, was not such a foregone conclusion. In the third Borg was being kept on the run by the deftly positioned shots of his opponent.
Finally, he went down 4-6 to Amritraj.
The crucial time for Borg was in the fourth set when he trailed by two sets to one. In the fourth game he fell behind 30-40. He then double. faulted to drop the game and trial 3-1, before making his recovery.
It was an epic struggle between the two players which lasted nearly the hours, and kept the packed crowd spellbound. The final score had Borg winning 2-6, 6-4, 4-6, 7-6, 6???