Lady Diana Spencer in the Royal Box at Wimbledon with the Duchess of Kent, watching the Women’s Singles Final between Chris Lloyd and Hana Mandlikova. Diana’s sister, Lady Sarah Spencer also attended.
WIMBLEDON, England, July 3, 1981 — Chris Evert Lloyd, said she thought the omens were with her, winning her third Wimbledon singles title on this day in 1981, defeating Hana Mandlikova of Czechoslovakia, 6-2, 6-2.
Mrs. Lloyd’s surprisingly easy victory was achieved in only 60 minutes, before a capacity center-court crowd of 14,000 that included the Duke and Duchess of Kent, Lady Diana Spencer, the fiancee of Prince Charles, and Margaret Thatcher, Britain’s Prime Minister.
The victory capped a stunningly successful tournament in which Mrs. Lloyd swept all seven of her matches in straight sets, the first such clean slate by a women’s singles champion here since Billie Jean King did it in 1967.
”I was determined to win it this year,” said Mrs. Lloyd, who was runner-up the last three years and who, at 26 years of age, was playing in her seventh final since she first played at the All-England Club in 1972. ”I know when I’m determined I’m still the best,” Mrs. Lloyd said. ”I proved it at the U.S. Open last year and I proved it here.”