INTRODUCTION: There were all-American finals at the Gunze Invitation Lawn Tennis Tournament in Tokyo on Sunday (17 May).
GV INT Bill Scanlon (in white) serves and wins point and first set
SV Scoreboard 6-2 to Scanlon
TV Brian Teacher serves and wins point in third set and crowd applauds (2 shots)
LV Scanlon serves and wins point
SV Scoreboard: six game all in third set
SV Teacher win tie-break as Scanlon serves and nets return, and crowd applauds (2 shots)
SV Tracy Austin serves and wins first set point after 14-stroke rally ending when Andrea Jaeger returns into net and crowd applauds (2 shots)
LV March point in third set, Austin serves and Jaeger wins point and match with double-handed drive after long rally
CU Jaeger holding cheque for 30,000 dollars
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Background: INTRODUCTION: There were all-American finals at the Gunze Invitation Lawn Tennis Tournament in Tokyo on Sunday (17 May). Andrea Jaeger beat Tracy Austin in the Women's Singles, and Brian Teacher beat Bill Scanlon in the Men's, in exciting matches that both had to be decided by tie-breakers. Jaeger beat Austin 3-6, 6-3, 7-6 and Teacher beat Scanlon 2-6, 6-1, 7-6.
SYNOPSIS: Bill Scanlon, wearing white, served in the first set of the finals of the Men's Singles, and he went on to take the set by six games to two.
Teacher had begun the fightback in the second set, which he took by six games to one, making the score level as he took this point in the third.
But Scanlon was not to be easily beaten. He put up a strong resistance to Teacher's revival, and the two men were still level at six games all in the third set.
Scanlon served in the tie-breaker. But a badly-placed return gave the match to Teacher -- to the delight of the five-thousand-strong crowd.
Tracy Austin took the serve in this last game of the first set of the Women's Singles Final. Despite her recent back trouble, she began the game in fine form. But so did her 15-year-old opponent, and the spectators were treated to many exciting rallies like this.
Miss Jaeger's miscalculated return gave Miss Austin the set, six games to three.
The two American girls were still playing spectacular tennis when they reached match point. Top-seeded Tracy Austin was playing her first tournament since January because of her back injury. In the previous six matches against Andrea Jaeger, Miss Austin had won five.
But this was to be Miss Jaeger's match, and she took the point with this powerful drive.
Miss Jaeger won a $30,000 prize, as did the Men's winner, Brian Teacher.