Tennis -- and Spain's Manuel Orantes defeated Harold Solomon 6-1, 6-0 in the semi-final of the 100,000 U.
TV Harold Solomon of U.S.A. (nearest camera) serves to Manuel Orantes (Spain) and loses point after rally in Japan Open tournament Tokyo
CU Solomon serving and in play
CU Orantes in play
TV First set point; Orantes serves and wins as Solomon puts return out of court
LV Scoreboard 6-1 to Orantes
TV Orantes serving, long rally, Solomon on base-line, then Solomon hits wide to lose point
TV Crowd watch as Orantes serves and loses point, scrambling wide to recover
TV Umpire watches as Orantes serves at match point; Solomon nets return stroke, players shake hands and walk off, 6-0 to Orantes
In the other semi-final Warwick came from behind to beat American Tim Gullikson after losing the first set 2-6. He took the second set 6-3 and although Warwick's serve was broken in the final set Gullikson could only manage to win one game and Warwick took the set 6-1.
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Background: Tennis -- and Spain's Manuel Orantes defeated Harold Solomon 6-1, 6-0 in the semi-final of the 100,000 U.S. dollar Japan Open tournament in Tokyo on Saturday (5 November). Twenty eight year old Orantes was due to meet Australian Kim Warwick in the final.
SYNOPSIS: Top-seeded Orantes had a surprisingly easy win over 25-year-old Solomon, nearest the camera, seeded third. Solomon, from Pompano Beach in Florida, said it was the worst game he'd ever played.
On the other hand Orantes, watched on a warm and sunny day by a crowd of 6,500 at Tokyo's Denen Tennis Club, showed fine set point.
Orantes completely outplayed Solomon on the clay court with good retrieves and brilliant passing shots. He said he put pressure on his opponent right from the start because Solomon plays well when he gets into a rhythm.
Solomon's winning shots were few and far between and in the second set he never really looked like taking a game.
Orantes has already won this year's United States clay court and pro tournaments and he stands fourth in the international grand prix standings. On this occasion he was considered favourite to win the Open, but Orantes refused to predict the outcome of the final on Sunday (6 November).