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Women's Tennis 1923-1938
Mostly clips of Helen Wills, Suzanne Lenglen and Helen Jacobs. The match between Helen Wills and Kitty McKane was the opening match of the 1923 Wightman Cup, the first match played in the Forest Hills stadium, in front of 5000 fans. After playing the first match in this stadium, Wills went on to win won seven singles titles at Forest Hills (1923, 1924, 1925, 1927, 1928, 1929 and 1931). In the 1933 final, she defaulted to Helen Jacobs while trailing 0-3 in the third set.
1969 US Open: Hard-Durr vs Court-Wade
Darlene Hard and Francoise Durr lost the first set 0-6 in the women's doubles final of the 1969 US Open. Hard and Durr finally won a game in the second set, and they laughed with embarassment when the crowd gave them an extended ovation for doing so. Hard, who had been out of the game for six years, suddenly found the touch on her volleys, and they pair won the second set 6-3. Hard served out the match in the 6-4 third set, and it was one of her most satisfying moments in tennis. This clip shows Hard serving in the first set, Wade serving to win the first set, Durr serving to win the second set, and Hard serving to win the match.
Rosie Casals vs. Margaret Court, 1970 US Open
Rosie reached her first US Open singles final in 1970. In the final she lost in three sets to Margaret Court, who completed a calendar-year Grand Slam with this win. Two weeks later, Rosie would win the inaugural Virginia Slims tournament in Houston and help to launch the women's pro tour.
HerStory: The World's Greatest Female Athletes - Althea Gibson
Janet TV's (www.JanetTV.com) new mini-biopic show series -- "HerStory: The World's Greatest Female Athletes" - brings you the stories and backstories of those who have amazed us with their athletic prowess. These superhumans and their feats of strength, speed, skill, endurance and competitive focus are beyond that of mere mortals. [The show airs at http://www.JanetTV.com/herstory-the-worlds-greatest-female-athletes-show-on-janet-tv] In this episode, we share the story of the great tennis champion ALTHEA GIBSON --- who Stepped onto Destiny's Stage...and joined Janet TV's list of the World's Greatest Female Athletes! HerStory is a production of Janet TV at www.JanetTV.com
Francoise Durr - Darlene Hard win 1969 U.S. Open women's doubles.
In this very short clip (it's only one point), Darlene Hard is serving to Virginia Wade in the finals of the 1969 U.S. Open women's doubles final. Hard and Francoise Durr lost the first set at love to Wade and Margaret Court. When they finally won a game at 0-2 in the second set, the small but enthusiastic crowd applauded for a full minute. Durr and Hard smiled with slight embarassment; the smiles turned to huge grins as they took four games in a row and then clinched the second set 6-3. Hard was smashing and volleying beautifully and Durr was equally superb in drives and net attack. A tired Margaret Court failed to take the net often enough, and to the amazement and delight of the crowd, Hard and Durr won the the third set 6-4 to capture the women's doubles title.
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