Tennis....and Holland's Tom Okker provided the first major upset of the 1978 Wimbledon Tennis Championships?
Tennis....and Holland's Tom Okker provided the first major upset of the 1978 Wimbledon Tennis Championships in England on Friday (30 June) when he defeated fourth-seeded Guillermo Vilas of Argentina in three straight sets. Meanwhile former women's champion, Mrs. Billie Jean King of the United States had a comfortable second round victory over Marie Penterova of Czechoslovakia.
SYNOPSIS: Okker took the first set 6-4 and serves here at set point in the second. Tennis critics said the 34-year-old Dutchman, who is unseeded, gave a performance which revived memories of the days when he was rated among the world's best players.
A wide shot from Vilas which was typical of the 25-year-old's game on the day. Once he dropped the first two sets the match slipped away from him bringing Okker to within two points of victory.
For Okker, known on the tennis circuits as "The Flying Dutchman" it was sweet revenge on his Argentine opponent. after the World Cup soccer final. He continually wrong-footed Vilas with some neat placements and subtle changes of pace.
Match point with Okker serving. And the return from Vilas is wide...to give Okker the game, set and match 6-3, 6-4, 6-2. A disappointing display from Vilas who has yet to achieve distinction on the fast grass courts of the All-England club.
Later in the afternoon Mrs. Billie Jean King of the United States met Miss Marie Penterova of Czechoslovakia in a second round women's clash. Mrs. King pulled off a fine drop volley to take this point and with it the first set by six games to three.
A long-time favourite with the Wimbledon crowds, Mrs. King had complete control of her younger opponent and after winning this rally she was just one point away from victory.
Mrs. King serves at match-point. After a brief rally a return by Miss Penterova goes into the net to give the American the match 6-3, 6-2. Mrs. King's overall power and experience had proved to be too much for the Czechoslovak.