Two surprise victories made for a day of exciting tennis at London's Albert Hall on Saturday (6 November), when some of the world's top professional players competed for the Dewar Cup titles.
GV Raul Ramirez of Mexico serving to Manuel Orantes of Spain during men's singles final of Dewar Cup tennis. Ramirez loses point.
GV Ramirez serves, win game and set.
LV Scoreboard, showing Orantes three games, Ramirez six in first set.
GV Ramirez serves, rally then Ramirez loses point.
SV Crowd applauding
GV Ramirez serves, wins game and final set. Both players come to net and shake hands.
LV Scoreboard showing Ramirez winning both sets, 6-3, 6-4.
GV Last set of women's singles final between Virginia Wade (UK) and Chris Evert (USA) Virginia Wade serves, rally then Wade wins point.
GV Crowd applauding
GV Virginia Wade serves, long rally then Wade wins set and match. Both girls come to net, shake hands and walk off.
Virginia Wade has now won the Dewar Cup four consecutive times and her present form augers well for Britain's prospects in the forthcoming Wightman Cup matches against the United States.
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Background: Two surprise victories made for a day of exciting tennis at London's Albert Hall on Saturday (6 November), when some of the world's top professional players competed for the Dewar Cup titles.
SYNOPSIS: Mexican Raul Ramirez serving to the Spaniard Manuel Orantes who was in unbeatable form -- and only a short distance into the first set it became obvious that the Mexican was also playing well. He was soon playing the sort of powerful, precision tennis that would outclass most opponents. And this despite a heavily bandaged injured left foot.
Ramirez one set up -- and his long-sought win over Orantes is in sight -- ending the Spaniards remarkable record run of 22 victories. The match, worth 20,000 U.S. dollars to Ramirez and 10,000 to Orantes, lasted only 62 minutes. Afterwards Orantes said Ramirez seemed to gain confidence as the match progressed -- "I could feel it all slipping away from me" he commented.
Towards the end of the second set -- and Ramirez had the game well under control, pinning Orantes to the baseline with his shots from the net and eventually taking his victory on the second match point -- 6-3, 6-4.
In the women's singles Britain's Virginia Wade was also on peak form--dazzling both spectators and television viewers alike with a truly outstanding display of virtuosity against Chris Evert of the United States -- the current Wimbledon champion. With a partisan home crowd to cheer her on, Miss. Wade played some of the best tennis of her career.
Having already won the first set 6-2, Virginia Wade's confidence was well established at this point in the match. Towards the end of the second set, she broke service to make it five games to nil, but even then could not afford to ease up against her tough and skilful opponent. Miss. Evert managed to pull out some tricks to take two games, before Miss. Wade smashed home her advantage and clinched the match 6-2, 6-2.