Tennis History: March 13, 1971

On this day in tennis history, International Tennis Hall of Fame inductee, Margaret Court won her 10th Australian Open singles title.

On March 13, 1971, the top-seeded Margaret Court entered the finals of the Australian Open after not dropping a single set in the tournament. Her opponent, the second-seeded, Evonne Goolagong had a similarly easy route to the finals, not dropping a set either.

In the finals, Evonne Goolagong came ready to play, stealing the first set at 6-2 off of the two-time defending champion. However, that hot start wouldn’t last long, in the second set the two went to a tiebreaker where Court didn’t drop a point, winning the set 7-6 (7-0). 

In the deciding set, Margaret Court showed her poise by defeating Goolagong 7-5 to defend her title for the third time and win her 21st Grand Slam title. This was also her 6th consecutive Grand Slam victory. Margaret Court was 28 years of age at the time.

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