Saturday, May 21, 1977
THE MICHIGAN DAILY
Gurulitis, Gotfried meet in finals
ROME, (1. - Vitas Geru-
laitis of the United States beat
top-seeded defending champion
Adriano Panatta of Italy 1-6, 7-
6, 6-3 yesterday and entered the
semifinals of the $185,000 Ital-
ian Open tennis tournament.
Gerulaitis' semifinal opponent
will be Brian Gottfried,'who de-
feated Australia's Kim War-
wick 7-5, 6-2 to insure the
United States of its first finalist
in the tournament since 1960.
Phil Dent of Australia beat
third-seeded Ilie Nastase of
Romania, a Iwo-time winner
here, 6-3, 6-2 in another ma-
jor upset of the day which
turned the tournament wide
Gerulaitis, of Howard Beach,
N. Y., fell behind 4-0 in the first
set and won 6-1 in just 20 min-
utes - never missing a shot.
Gerulaitis stood watching
from the base line most of the
"We were too nervous to play
well, but I felt the pressure
very much in the first set be-
cause I could not get my first
service shot in," the American,
In the second set, Gerulai-
tis went to the net more of-
ten and began putting some
pressure on Panatta, who was
clearly annoyed by the crowd
that often shouted when the
players were in action or
about to serve.
"The crowd really bothered
me. It took quite an effort to
keep from arguing with the
fans," said Panatta.
The Italian dropped his serv-
ice in the very first game of
the second set with a double
fault in the last point. Geru-
laitis broke again in the fifth
game and took a 4-1 lead. Pan-
atta,ehowever, rallied for serv-
ice breaks in the sixth and 10th
games and tied the score 5-5.
In the tiebreaker, the Italian
was trailing 1-6 but he again
rallied and moved to a 6-6 tie.
Gerulaitis, however, remained
cool and calm and took the
next two points to win the tie-
In the third set, the Ameri-
can jumped to a 3-0 lead but
Panatta fought desperately to
a 3-3 tie with a break in the
fifth game. The Italian, how-
ever, appeared tense and
Joe DiMaggio holds the
World Series record for most
consecutive games without an
error by an outfielder. Jolting
Joe played in 45 Series games
in a row, 1937 through 1951,
without a miscue.
No filly has started in the
Kentucky Derby since 1959
when C. V. Whitney's Silver
Spoon faced the colts. She fin-
tired. Gerulaitis kept control
of the net and scored anoth-
er break -in the eighth game
and went on to win the set
"It was a tough match,"
Gerulaitis said. "There were
also a few people making noise
in the crowd, forcing us to stop
in between services and that
rattled our nerves.
"I served very poorly
throughout the match. That is
why I was afraid to go to the
net in the first set, but then I
realized my mistake and I took
the initiative in the second and
Connors .cash leader
NEW YORK /P)--Jimmy Connors surpassed the half-million
mark and Dick Stockton moved into the third spot in money-win-
nings figures released yesterday by the U.S. Tennis Association.
CONNORS' TOTAL earnings were $557,666 so far this year-
$246,000 coming in tournament play. Ilie Nastase of Romania was
third with $243,000, and Stockton, of Dallas, had $226,834.
Sweden's Bjord Borg was fourth on the list with earnings of
$216,540, and Guillermo Vilas of Argentina was fifth with $188,648.
Chris Evert led the women with $252,000, followed by Martina
Navratilova, $191,775; Sue Barker of England, $129,500; Virginia
Wade of England, $81,650, and Rosemary Casals, $74,500.
Walchuck grabs lead in
EAST LANSING, Mich. (PA- was Kevin Treacy of Minnesota
Ken Walchuck of Michigan shot with a 68, while four players
tournament - leading four - un- tied for third with 69s. They
y(r-par 67 yesterday and Ohio were Gary Gabrielson of Min-
Aaegrabbed the team lead in nesota, Mike Mealia of Indiana,
hfirst (lay of thte Big Ten golf Rod Spittle of Ohio State and
scoiponship. Yve Tremblay of Indiana.
WA.CIUCK shot five birdies In 7th place were John Cook
aid just one bogey on the par of Ohio State and Ken Kellaney
, 6,854-yard Forest Akers of Illinois at 70, while Mark
West Golf Course here. He sank Balen and Rick Borg of Ohio
a 30-foot putt for a birdie on the State, Doug Bauman of Wiscon-
par-five 16th hole. sin, Mark Brooks of Michigan
State and Kevin Burich of Iowa
Ohio State notched a low score shot 72s.
of 357, as the best five scores
were recorded from each team's
six golfers. Indiana was second
a t 362.Today and
The golfers will play 36 holes
today and finish the champion- every Saturday
ship with a single round on Sun- Open regular hours.
OHIO STATE and Indiana
.ere followed by Michigan and
Minnesota at 363; Iowa at 365;
Ilinois at 371; Michigan State
it 372; Wisconsin at 380; Purdue
it 386 and Northwestern at 401.
lust a stroke behind Walchuck
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