Evonne Goolagong of Australia successfully began her defence of the Women's Singles title at the 1972 Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships in London on Tuesday (27 June).
GV Goolagong in forecourt serves to Prayda, serves in 2nd set for match takes point (2 shots)
GTV Goolagong serves, volley, Goolagong wins (2 shots)
GTV Goolagon serves & Pryde hits out
SV & GV Goolagong serves out (2 shots)
SV & GV Goolagong serves, volley & lose point (2 shots)
MV Goolagong serves, Volley, Pryde lobs, Goolagong smashes for point, game, set & match
MV Two players shake hands a off court
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Background: Evonne Goolagong of Australia successfully began her defence of the Women's Singles title at the 1972 Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships in London on Tuesday (27 June). Returning to candour court, where 12 months ago she took one of the world's top tennis titles, the 20-year-old beat New Zealand's top player, Maryling Pryds, 6-3, 6-4.
She took only 24 minutes to achieve this victory, but her play was punctuated by many unforced errors as she south to find the feel of the turf. She wrapped up the first set in 20 minutes, after dropping service in the third game for the only time in the match.
Vic Edwards, Miss Goolagong's coach, admitted later that she did not play well. She has been struggling to regain peak form in recent weeks, during which she has suffered three defeats. But at Wimbledon she is still thought to make a tremendous fight to retain the title.
In the second set of Tuesday's match, her opponent -- who seldom ventured into the forecourt -- deservedly shared the first eight games with the champion. But then Miss Pryde found the Australian's pressure at the net too severs. Miss Goolagong finished the match with a majestic smash.