Miss Connolly, Ken Rosewall Take English Singles Titles, Daily Racing Form, 1954-06-07


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Miss Connolly, Ken Rosewall Take English Singles Titles MANCHESTER, England, June 5 UP. Maureen "Little Mo" Connolly of San Diego, Calif., and Ken Rosewall of Australia easily won the singles titles in straight sets today at the Northern Lawn Tennis tournament. Miss Connolly indicated she is in top form to defend her Wimbledon title by defeating Louise Brough, former Wimbledon champion from Beverly Hills, Calif., 6-3, 6-2, in the womens final. The 19-year-old Rosewall captured the mens title by defeating his Aussie teammate, Rex Hartwig, 6-2, 6-1. Miss Brough gave Miss Connolly a tough tussle in the first set of their match for the 1952 Wimbledon crown and it was the same story today. But 19-year-old Little Mo took charge when she broke Miss Broughs service to lead at 5-3 in that first set. Miss Brough made only one other challenge. Leading 2-1 and 40-15 in the second set, she broke first in two long rallies. Then she double-faulted and touched a return that would have gone out. Miss Connolly promptly made it 4-1 and Miss Brough was able to win only one more game. Rosewall defeated Hartwig with surprising ease in this traditional preliminary for Wimbledon. He broke Hartwigs service with a sharply-angled backhand to go ahead, 4-2, in the first set and continued to win every game until he led 5-0 in the second set. Hartwig then won his only game in the final set and Rosewall took the next to end the match. A strong wind hampered both players. In the finals of the womens doubles, Miss Brough and Mrs. Margaret Osborne duPont of Wilmington, Del., upset Doris Hart of Coral Gables, Fla., and Shirley Fry of Akron, Ohio, 4-6, 6-4, 6-4. Rosewall and Hartwig returned to the court later and won the mens doubles crown from New Zealands John Robson and Mark Otway, 6-4, 6-3.

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