Sport: Flower of the Wheat Fields

The tiny (pop. 636) town of Barellan swelters in the middle of the hot wheat plains of New South Wales, Australia. The house on the edge of town is a ramshackle old weatherboard structure with peeling paint, broken-down cars in the yard and a scruffy pack of yapping mongrels constantly in earshot. The inside is something else again—a blinding panoply of glittering trophies. The house is the family home of Evonne Goolagong, 19, a shy, attractive aborigine; the trophies are for tennis, and there are unquestionably more to come.

Recently in Melbourne, Miss Goolagong pulled off one of the biggest upsets of...

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