Skill and experience won the day for tennis stars at the U.S. Open at Flushing Meadow, New York, on September 2.
GV Chris Evert-Lloyd (far end) playing Kelly henry, Evert Lloyd winning point with passing shot. (2 SHOTS)
GV Evert Lloyd serving, winning match after Henry hits return into net. (2 SHOTS)
SV SPLIT SCREEN Noah and Gottfried.
GV Noah (far end) serving, gottfried winning point from smash. (2 SHOTS)
GVs Noah serves, wins point from forearm smash.
GVs Noah serves, Gottfried's return goes out.
SV McEnroe sits down and throws racket on ground.
SCU & SV Gullikson (near camera) serves, McEnroe wins point. (2 SHOTS)
SV SPLIT SCREEN McENROE (left) and Gullikson.
GV McEnroe serves, wins point.
GV McEnroe serve, reply into net to give McEnroe match. (2 SHOTS)
GV Norton (near end) serving to Tracy Austin, who wins point after drive is over base line.
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Background: Skill and experience won the day for tennis stars at the U.S. Open at Flushing Meadow, New York, on September 2. Five-times winner Chris Evert-Lloyd began in strong form, beating fellow American Kelly Henry 6-1, 6-0. Here, she won a long rally with a passing shot after surviving several smashes from the net. Franco-American rivalry reached a peak with 22-year-old Yannick Noah -- France's number one -- pitted against Brian gottfried. At first, Gottfried put on the pressure, defeating the black Frenchman's noted agility with a ferocious smash from the net. But in the end it was Noah who came out on top, beating the American 6-3, 6-4, 6-4. John McEnroe began his third defence of his title against Tim Gullikson. An early mistake produced a bitter display of temper, but he recovered to win 7-6, 6-4, 7-5. The young American Tracy Austin also won her second game of the tournament. She beat Beth Norton 7-6, 6-3.