Sue Barker of Britain, a semi-finalist last year at Wimbledon reached the last 16 of the women's singles at this year's championships on Saturday (1 July) after a tough match with the American player, Pam Shriver.
GV Sue Barker (UK) serves to Pam Shriver (USA) and after return Barker puts ball into net, losing game and first set 6-2.
GV Shriver serves and Barker returns ball along side line to win point.
GV Shriver serves and after long rally Shriver returns ball wide of base line.
GV Crowd applauding.
GV Barker serves and after long rally advances towards net and places ball out of Shriver's reach to win point.
GV Barker serves and after rally beats Shriver to win game, set and match. Players walk off.
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Background: Sue Barker of Britain, a semi-finalist last year at Wimbledon reached the last 16 of the women's singles at this year's championships on Saturday (1 July) after a tough match with the American player, Pam Shriver. Miss Barker, who was seeded 14th, staged a spectacular recovery against the six foot (1.83 metres) American girl. She saved three match points in the second set and pulled back from 3-0 down in the third to eliminate Miss Shriver 2-6, 8-6, 7-5.
SYNOPSIS: For sheer excitement, the match surpassed anything seen at the championships so far. The first set proved a disaster for the British girl, who seemed overwhelmed by the reach and power of the fifteen year old American.
Shriver also took command of the second set and her first match point came when she served at 5-3. Barker saved it with a brilliant forehand down the line.
The match should have gone to Shriver, but two factors were decisive. Her lack of big match play experience, and the stirring support Barker received from the crowd. But Shriver hit impressively from the base line, and with her tremendous reach she made Barker fight for every point as she edged back from near-defeat.
But the tension stayed with the second set as Shriver had two more match points as Barker trailed on her own service. But again it was the British girl's experience and careful placing of the ball which put her level, one set all.
After salvaging only two points in losing the first games of the deciding set, Barker at last found something approaching her best form and delighted the crowd when, at match point, Shriver miss-hit back-hand volley to end the match.