Australia's Evonne Goolagong took her first major title since Wimbledon 1971, when she beat America's Chris Evert in straight sets in Rome on Sunday (10 June), to win the Italian Women's Singles title.
SV ZOOM OUT from scoreboard, changing at end of first set from 6-6 to 7-6 in favour of Goolagong
TV Goolagong serves to Evert, rally continues after ball called out
TV Both in play, ZOOM INTO Goolagong
LV PAN rally continues with Goolagong smashing, and Evert netting
TV ZOOM OUT rally in progress won by Evert when Goolagong nets
LV Goolagong serves
CU Evert in play
TVG Goolagong serves and plays
GV Crowd rises and applauds
SV Final scoreboard reads 7-6, 6-0 to Goolagong
SCU Goolagong receives trophies
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Background: Australia's Evonne Goolagong took her first major title since Wimbledon 1971, when she beat America's Chris Evert in straight sets in Rome on Sunday (10 June), to win the Italian Women's Singles title.
The scoring was 7-6, 6-0. In baking heat in the arena at Rome's Foro Italico, Miss. Evert was leading 4-2 in the first set, before dropping the set in a tie-break. In the second set, the going moved to the other side of the net, and Miss. Goolagong took it 6-0 in only thirteen minutes.
SYNOPSIS: A tie-break win in the first set swung the play in Evonne Goolagong's favour on Sunday, in the Italian Championships.
In baking heat, the 21-year-old Australian met America's Chris Evert, in the finals of the Women's Singles, played at Rome's Foro Italico. The first set was touch and go. There is little an opponent can do, when Chris Evert is on form. And an opponent, who stays back is likely to be out-rallied. But on Sunday, Miss. Evert vas less settled.
A colourful and lively crowd turned out for the match... and wilted with the players on court. Miss. Goolagong played some of her best hard-court tennis to date. She displayed to advantage her flair for the game, and her capacity to play any and every shot in the book. Nevertheless, she faced another player, regarded as virtually invincible.
The two protagonists have met on a number of occasions on the court, both in America and Britain.
Chris Evert, the 18-year-old America, is sometimes known as the "Florida Machine", because of the pace she can maintain. Despite her flagging fortunes in Sunday's match in Rome, there was plenty of evidence of her usual towering form. She led the first set to 4-2. But then Miss Goolagong won three games on the trot, and fortunes changed.
Evonne Goolagong became French champion two years ago, without losing a met. She won Wimbledon in 1971, and is reigning South African champion. In Sunday's match, she took the first set 7-6, and then went straight through the second set to a 6-0 win, in only thirteen minutes.
Miss. Goolagong is a popular player, and won an instant ovation.
Her win in Rome is her first major title since Wimbledon in 1971. In 1972, Miss. Goolagong lost the Wimbledon title to Billy-Jean King. Perhaps she is now in for another winning streak.