Wimbledon `99: Game, Set And Matchless

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1977: WADE V STOVE

Fantasy time in SW19. The Queen's Silver Jubilee and a British champion receives the trophy from her monarch. Virginia Wade had produced her best tennis of the tournament in beating Chris Evert in the semi-final, but Sue Barker failed to do likewise in her semi, and so Betty Stove faced Wade and the whole of the Centre Court crowd in the final - a handicap which showed in the nervous way she played. Wade also suffered an attack of the jitters, and lost the first set 6-4 before regaining enough self- control to win the second 6-3 and sweep through the third 6-1 to become the third British Wimbledon champion since the Second World War.

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