Hana Mandlikova, the 18-year-old Czech tennis player, has won her first major title--the Australian Women's Open Championship.
GV Turnbull serving to Mandlikova, short rally develops. Turnbull hits backhand shot into net
GV Crowd applauds
Mandlikova serving to Turnbull. Rally until Mandlikova playing lob slips, loses point
GV Turnbull serving to Mandlikova. Rally ending with Turnbull putting backhand volley into net
GV Mandlikova serving to Turnbull, Turnbull wins point with a forehand cross court shot. Crowd applauds (2 shots)
GV Mandlikova serving rushes to the net and wins point with a forehand volley (2 shots)
Mandlikova serving rushes the net and wins point and match. Players shake hands at net
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Background: Hana Mandlikova, the 18-year-old Czech tennis player, has won her first major title--the Australian Women's Open Championship. In Melbourne on Sunday (30 November), she beat Wendy Turnbull of Australia in straight sets, 6-0, 7-5.
SYNOPSIS: The first set had been all Miss Mandlikova's. She swept through it in 17 minutes, allowing Miss Turnbull only ten points.
The second set looked as though it might go much the same way when Miss Mandlikova took a 5-2 lead. Then Miss Turnbull started to fight back.
She held her own service, after breaking Miss Mandlikova's--then broke again, to make the score 5-all. Miss Mandlikova took the eleventh game.
The match was not over yet. Miss Turnbull had already saved two match points.
But the tall Czech girl was making the best of her height and reach.
The third match point--and this time Miss Mandlikova took her chance. Her victory brought her a winner's cheque for 32,000 Australian dollars.