Because of the reluctance of Smith, ever the gentleman, to pound at the feminine half of the opposition—"I tell Stan to get mean and blast the girls, but he just doesn't have it in him," says his wife, Margie—it remained for Goolagong to shine again in the finals.
On Sunday, Smith-Goolagong survived the loss of a 32-point game ( Stockton finally holding serve), then broke Jaeger at love and won the first set 7-5. Goolagong's dashing elegance at net—"She poaches more than [Bob] Lutz on my serve," Smith said—was the difference in the second set as well, which ended 6-4, championship and $30,000 to the home team. "All you can do is go watch Evonne play," Smith told the appreciative crowd afterward. "I'm the one who gets to play with her. She was all over the place out there."
Women. Even in mixed doubles, always sharking the spotlight.