• Short Summary

    THE WOMEN'S SINGLES IN THE FIRST OPEN WIMBLEDON CHAMPIONSHIPS WILL BE CONTESTED IN LONDON BY MRS.

  • Description

    THE WOMEN'S SINGLES IN THE FIRST OPEN WIMBLEDON CHAMPIONSHIPS WILL BE CONTESTED IN LONDON BY MRS. BILLY JEAN KING, THE TITLE HOLDER, OF THE UNITED STATES, AND JUDY TEGART, AN AMATEUR, OF AUSTRALIA. MISS TEGART WON HER SEMI-FINAL BY CRUSHING THIRD-SEEDED NANCY RICHEY OF THE UNITED STATES 6-3, 6-1, IN ONLY 38 MINUTES.

    MISS TEGART, A 29-YEAR-OLD FORMER MELBOURNE SECRETARY, GAVE A SUPERB DISPLAY OF CONTROLLED POWER TENNIS. HOWEVER, SHE REVEALED AFTER HER VICTORY THAT SHE STILL NEEDED TREATMENT FOR AN INJURED ELBOW WHICH CAUSED HER TO WITHDRAW FROM THE LONDON CHAMPIONSHIPS TWO WEEKS AGO. SHE SAID LAST WEEK'S BAD WEATHER, DISRUPTING PLAY, HAD ENABLE HER TO HAVE A GOOD TEST.

    SPORTS WRITERS SAY MISS TEGART HAS SELDOM PLAYED MORE INSPIRED TENNIS THAN TODAY AGAINST 25-YEAR-OLD MISS RICHEY. THE ONLY TIME THE AMERICAN WAS IN FRONT WAS WHEN SHE BROKE THE AUSTRALIAN'S OPENING SERVICE TO LEAD 2-0. BUT THEN MISS TEGART APPLIED CONSTANT PRESSURE WITH HER BIG SERVE-VOLLEY ATTACK AND NEVER ALLOWED MISS RICHEY TO SETTLE INTO THE RHYTHM OF THE FLUENT GROUND STROKING WHICH IS THE BASIS OF HER GAME.

    MISS TEGART, EXCELLING ON THE FOREHAND, KEPT HER ERRORS TO A MINIMUM MAKING MISS RICHEY WORK FOR EVERY POINT. AT ONE STATE IN THE FIRST SET, MISS TEGART SWEPT UP 13 POINTS IN A ROW, AND AFTER MISS RICHEY HAD HELD SERVICE AT THE START OF THE SECOND SET MISS TEGART SURGED THROUGH THE LAST SIX GAMES IN A ROW FOR VICTORY. MISS TEGART HAS BEEN PLAYING AT WIMBLEDON SINCE 1962.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVAE9WK6R7T8ZIGLYNINJTLI42QY
    Media URN:
    VLVAE9WK6R7T8ZIGLYNINJTLI42QY
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    04/07/1968
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:02:02:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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