The United States tennis champion, Billie Jean King, retained her open title at Forest Hills in New York on Saturday (September 9), when she downed the young Australian, Kerry Melville, 6-3; 7-5.
Nastase serves, general play, point to server
Play continues with Nastase serving & wins game set & match. Climbs net & shakes hands & walks from court. 4-6; 7-6; 6-2; 7-1.
GV Crowd applauds
GV Final scoreboard
SV Kerry Melville serves to Billie-Jean King, general play & point to Melville
GV Crowd applauds
SCU ZOOM OUT Melville serves, general play and point to Melville
SV Mrs. King serves & play 'shouts out' Play continues, Mrs. King serves & wins point
LV Crowd applauds
LV Mrs. King serves for match point & wins, walks to net, congratulations & walks off.
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Background: The United States tennis champion, Billie Jean King, retained her open title at Forest Hills in New York on Saturday (September 9), when she downed the young Australian, Kerry Melville, 6-3; 7-5.
Observers said there was never much doubt that the American would retain her title, despite some plucky and consistent play from the forceful Australian.
The only uncertainty came during the second set after gusty wind had put Mrs. King off-balance and Miss Melville regained the initiative to win eight successive points.
But at five games all, Mrs. King rallied and she swept to victory to win the first prize of nine-thousand dollars (4-thousand pounds) and a car.
On the same day (September 9) the Rumanian Ilie Nastase downed the American Tom Gorman in a closely fought semi-final match.
The Rumanian lost the first set 4-6, and only just own the second, 7-6 before the American's challenge faded Nastase ran out the winner in the last two sets, 6-2, 6-1.
SYNOPSIS: The Rumanian, Ilie Nastase, on the way to the final of the United States Open. Nastase, nearest the camera, is playing against the American, Tom Gorman in the semi-final of the Forest Hills tournament in New York. This is match point.
Nastase was in trouble early, but ran out an easy winner, four-six; seven-six; six-two; seven-one.
The final of the women's Open Title. Nearest the camera, the Australian Kerry Melville. She played well throughout her match against the American title-older, Billie Jean King. Here's one of her winning points....
The only uncertainty in the match for Mrs. King, the eventual winner, was the weather. Rain and wind interrupted play several times. But overall, Mrs. King was too strong....
At several states, because of the wind, Mrs. King appeared unsettled and during one period of play, in the second set lost eight successive strokes. But she rallied and swept away the remaining resistance of the young Australian.
Mrs. King serving at match point. She won 6-3, 7-5 to retain her open title and nine-thousand dollars, as well as a car. The American has now won three major world tournaments this year--at Wimbledon, Paris and now Forest Hills.