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    Wimbledon Champion Evonne Goolagong of Australia, yesterday (Saturday) defeated Britain's Virginia Wade to win the Women's Singles title of the South African Open Tennis Championship in Johannesburg's Ellis Park.

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    Wimbledon Champion Evonne Goolagong of Australia, yesterday (Saturday) defeated Britain's Virginia Wade to win the Women's Singles title of the South African Open Tennis Championship in Johannesburg's Ellis Park.

    Top-seeded Miss Goolagong outpointed Second-seed Miss Wade by 4-6, 6-3, 6-0. Virginia Wade made a fine start, breaking Evonne Goolagong's service in the first set--to take a straight 3-0 lead. Evonne took the next three games, but Virginia broke her service again and went on to win the first set. But then Evonne got her stride, racing into a 4-1 lead and going on to win. But it was the last set in which she showed her championship form, taking straight games to her 6-0 win--although Virginia never gave up the fight to the end.

    Miss Goolagong almost did not participate--and did so only after South Africa announced they would allow non-white South Africans to play in the tournament for the first time ever.

    In an interview after her winning match, Miss Goolagong said:
    SYNOPSIS: The Women's singles final in the South African Open championship--and Britain's Virginia Wade taking an early lead against number one seed Evonne Goolagong of Australia. Miss Wade--seeded number two--took the first three games straight, going on to win the set by six-to-four. But it was to be her first and last set--as Miss Goolagong took the next two sets to win the Championship.

    An enthusiastic multiracial crowd watched the young Wimbledon Champion as she won the second set by six-to-three.

    It was in the third and final set that Miss Goolagong really hit her championship stride and, although Miss Wade fought gallantly on, she was no match for the Australian, who played brilliantly to win the set in straight games.

    Miss Goolagong, who did not decide to play in the South African Championships until it was announced that non-white South Africans would be permitted to play, gave a brief press statement after her win:

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    Film ID:
    VLVAPF17QQAW5L2EXQHND3LT6KE4
    Media URN:
    VLVAPF17QQAW5L2EXQHND3LT6KE4
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    09/04/1972
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:02:02:00
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    Canister:
    N/A

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