Australia took a 2-1 lead against the United States in the Bonnie Bell Cup which began at Sydney's White City Tennis Courts on Friday (21 Dec.).
GV ZOOM IN STV opening ceremony of women's tennis championship
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STV ZOOM OUT TV Evert serving to Melville, Melville wins point and first set (ball out of play), crowd looks on (2 shots)
SV ZOOM OUT GV Evert serving in second set, Melville wins point after long rally (ball out of play) crowd watches (2 shots)
GV Melville serving in third set, and hits bell into net, Evert wins match, players walk off and thank judge
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SPORTS - BONNIE BEU TENNIS
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Background: Australia took a 2-1 lead against the United States in the Bonnie Bell Cup which began at Sydney's White City Tennis Courts on Friday (21 Dec.).
The American, Christine Evert, celebrated her nineteenth birthday by winning the first match against Australia's Kerry Melville, 1-6, 6-2, 6-3.
Miss. Melville, who had been suffering from a leg injury, started confidently and raced through the first set. Then she began to tire and Miss. Evert struck form with her two-handed shots. The American girl coasted to victory in the next two sets.
There was a major upset on Saturday (22 December) when the former Wimbledon Women's Champion, Evonne Goolagong of Australia suffered a surprise defeat by Julie Heldman of the United States. Miss. Heldman beat Miss. Goolagong 6-3, 1-6, 6-3. Later Janet Newberry gave the United States a three rubbers to two lead when she beat Australia's Kerry Harris 4-6, 7-6, 6-4.
The Bonnie Bell Cup, an annual event between the women's tennis teams of the two countries, is held over three days. Australia were last year's winners.
SYNOPSIS: Some of the brightest hopes in international tennis lined up at Sydney's White City courts on Friday for the start of this year's Bonnie Bell Cup -- the annual event between the women's tennis teams of Australia and the United States.
In the women's singles, American Chris Evert -- here serving -- played Kerry Melville of Australia.
Miss. Melville, who had been suffering from a leg injury. started confidently and raced through the first set.
In the second set, the Australian girl began to tire -- she managed to win this rally, but Miss. Evert struck form later with her two- handed shots and clinched the set. Miss. Evert was the only American player who'd competed in the first Bonnie Bell competition, which Australia won last year 5-2.
In the third set, Miss. Melville could not match her opponent's strength, and Miss. Evert coasted to victory to take the match.
It was a timely win for it was Miss. Evert's nineteenth birthday. Despite here victory, Australia took a 2-1 lead on the first day of the three-day event.