Margaret Court of Australian won her third title at the Wimbledon Tennis championships on Friday (3 July) beating her great rival Billie Jean King of the U.
Margaret Court of Australian won her third title at the Wimbledon Tennis championships on Friday (3 July) beating her great rival Billie Jean King of the U.S. 14-12 and 11-9.
The two-and-a-half-hour match set records and produced some of the best women's tennis in living memory. It was the longest women's final in the 25 post war Wimbledon's and the 26-game first set was the longest in a final during the period.
A few days before the match the champion hurt her ankle and withdrew from both her doubles matches. There were serious doubts whether she would be fit enough to stand up to her tough American opponent whom she has met five times before at Wimbledon.
Centre Court nerves were another fear - they have affected both women in the past. But today both finalists overcame their fears and produced brilliant tennis.
There was virtually nothing between them but in the final analysis it was probably Mrs. Court's accuracy on return of service that gave her the vital edge.
Princess Margaret was on hand to present Mrs. Court with the trophy she has won twice before.