Biggest Events in Sports Wimbledon Part 3

About Wimbledon, history, information and highlights from the major sporting event and one of the biggest tennis tournaments.



1927 Henri Cochet, one of the famed four tennis musketeers of France, put on the greatest comeback in Wimbledon history to win the championship.

In the semifinals, Cochet had to come from behind to beat Bill Tilden. Tilden, who survived two match points himself before beating Brian Norton in the 1921 final, won the first two sets from Cochet, 6-2, 6-4, and had a 5-1 lead in the third set. Suddenly everything went wrong for Tilden and right for Cochet, who eventually won the third set, 7-5, and the ensuing two, 6-4, 6-3. In the final, Cochet survived six match points against fellow musketeer Jean Borotra before winning in five sets. At one point Cochet, thinking he was defeated, went to the net to congratulate Borotra, but the umpire ruled the point in his favor.

The women's final that year was won by Helen Wills over Lili de Alvarez. Wills was to have her own dramatic final eight years later, winning an unusual match point to defeat her bitter rival Helen Jacobs, 7-5, in the third set. Wills put up a shallow lob that would normally have been an easy overhead for Jacobs. But the wind caught it, forcing Jacobs to misjudge and mishit her match point.

1977 In one of the most exciting men's finals in Wimbledon history, second-seeded Bjorn Borg defeated top-seeded Jimmy Connors, 3-6, 6-2, 6-1, 5-7, 6-4, to win his second straight championship. Borg had won the 1976 title (beating Ilie Nastase, 6-4, 6-2, 9-7 in the finals) without losing a set.

The Borg-Connors match was a fitting climax to the centennial celebration of Wimbledon. Borg held a 4-0 lead in the fifth set, but Connors tied it up 4-4. Borg then broke service in the 9th game and held service on four straight points in the 10th game to win. To reach the finals, Borg endured a grueling five-set win over Vitas Gerulaitis in a match considered one of the best in history. Connors had reached the final by beating 18-year-old John McEnroe, who had had to win three qualifying matches just to get into the main Wimbledon draw.

The women's final was won by Britain's Virginia Wade over Holland's Betty Stove, 4-6, 6-3, 6-1. To reach the final, Wade had upset defending champ and top-seeded Chris Evert. The win was gratifying for Wade, who had been under a lot of pressure from the British press and public for her failure to win the past 16 years.

The championship plate was presented to Wade by Queen Elizabeth II, who was attending her first Wimbledon in 15 years. Next to the champions, the most-publicized personality was Tracy Austin of Rolling Hills, Calif., who at 14 became the youngest person to win a match with her 6-3, 6-3 victory over Ellie Vessels-Appel. The youngest person ever to win a championship was Lottie Dod, who in 1887 won the women's singles title at age 15 1/2.

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