Bettina Bunge used a strong service return to capture the final
PRINCETON, N.J. (AP) _ Bettina Bunge used a strong service return to capture the final eight games and defeat Virginia Ruzici 6-3, 6-0 in the opening round of the $150,000 U.S. Women’s Open on Monday.
Meanwhile, seventh-seeded Andrea Temesvari of Hungary was upset by 19th- ranked Sylvia Hanika of West Germany 6-1, 6-2 in the only singles match Monday involving a ranked player in the tournament at Jadwin Gym.
Hanika controlled the match the whole way as she constantly kept the pressure on Temesvari by keeping the ball in play and taking the net whenever she could.
In the first game with Hanika serving, Temesvari jumped out to a 40-love lead, but Hanika managed to get it back to deuce. Then, after surviving two more break points, Hanika won the game with a forehand passing shot.
As Temesvari’s concentration seemed to be broken, Hanika swept the next four games. In the second set, Temesvari managed to hold serve in the first game, but Hanika then broke her in the third game to go up 2-1. Hanika increased her lead to 5-2 when she broke Temesvari again in the seventh game and then closed out the match with a winning cross-court volley off of Temesvari’s service return.
″I think she played the best in her life,″ said Temesvari. ″I think if she played like this, she could have beaten anybody. She made such good shots from everywhere on the court that I didn’t have a chance to do anything. And when I did, she came back with an unbelievable shot.
″I’m very pleased with the way I played today,″ Hanika said. ″I think I didn’t miss too many shots. And I felt that all over the match, that I had control of it.″
Bunge lost her serve three times in the opening set and Ruzici dropped hers four times in a match that started early for both players.