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    Tennis....and Holland's Tom Okker provided the first major upset of the 1978 Wimbledon Tennis Championships?

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    GV Okker serves to Vilas already one set up and serves for second set and after short rally Vilas returns ball wide of baseline, giving Okker game and second set

    GV Crowd applauds

    GV Okker serves in third set and Vilas returns ball short enabling Okker to place ball out of his reach ZOOM TO scoreboard - 30-15 putting Okker two points away from match point

    GV Okker serves and after shot rally drop volleys to leave Vilas stranded ZOOM TO scoreboard showing match point

    GV Okker serves and Vilas returns, putting ball wide of baseline giving Okker game, set and match. Players walk off

    GV Mrs. King serves to Penterova and after rally drops ball short ever the net to take point and first set

    GV Mrs. King serves and after short rally wins point to get match point PAN TO crowd

    GV Mrs. King serves and after rally Penterova returns ball into net giving Mrs. King game, set and match. Players walk off

    After his defeat to Okker, Guillermo Vilas said he had tried until the last ball. Vilas said he would return to Wimbledon next year as he wanted to win the title at some stage in his life. Meanwhile Tom Okker said he had fancied his chances of beating Vilas. But the Dutchman added that his opponent had not played his best, otherwise Vilas would have won. (Argentina beat Holland 3-1 in the World Cup Soccer final earlier this month.)

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    Background: 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.

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