Ken Rosewall of Australia beat fellow-countryman John Newcombe in the Men's Singles Finals of the 2nd Gunze World Tennis Championships.
Ken Rosewall of Australia beat fellow-countryman John Newcombe in the Men's Singles Finals of the 2nd Gunze World Tennis Championships. In the Women's Singles, Chris Evert of the United States overpowered Francoise Durr of France 6-2, 6-4.in the US$100,000 event.
Before an estimated crowd of 7,000 at Tokyo's Nihon University Auditorium on Sunday (30 November), Rosewall beat Newcombe 7-5, 4-6, 6-1 in a tense serve-and-volley duel.
The 41-year-old Rosewall combined a good service return with sharply angled volleys in the one-hour fifty-minute match. He took the first set after breaking Newcombe's serve in the 12th game with two outright service return winners.
Newcombe, the defending champion, had trouble with his first serve throughout the match. He doublefaulted ten times against Rosewall's two. After a hard-fought second set, which he won 6-4, Newcombe's game deteriorated, netting easy volleys and two short lobs. Newcombe was completely outclassed by Rosewall who had little trouble holding his serve.
Rosewall beat Stan Smith of the United States in the semi-finals 6-3, 7-5, and Newcombe beat Tony Roche (Australia) 3-6, 6-4, 6-2 to make it an all-Australian singles final.
Following the match, Rosewall was presented a check for US$15,000. Newcombe received US$10,000.
In the Women's Singles Final, Chris Evert's steadier ground strokes account for her win. There were four service breaks in the first set, five in the second as both players struggled to hold serve.
Durr, who played Evert's baseline game, should have rushed the net more often. Evert simply out-steadied her opponent with her two-handed backhand and deep forehand shots.
Evert, who won the first Gunze World Tennis Championships in 1975, received US$15,000 and Francoise Durr collected US$10,000.