Bjorn Borg kept rolling along like Young Man River, Harold Solomon made unexpectedly short work of old rival Brian Gottfried, Guillermo Vilas received a controversial delay because of illness, and Billie Jean King was beaten by Dianne Fromholtz, 6-4, 6-1, today in the French Open championships.
Borg -- seeking to become the first man ever to win the clay-court leg of the traditional Grand Slam three years in a row and five times overall -- was sharp and steady in blitzing Balazs Taroczy, 6-2, 6-2, 6-0.
Solomon has played Gottfried nearly three dozen times as a pro, and has seldom had an easier time than in his 6-0, 6-1, 6-3 romp on the center court today. It took only 85 minutes.
Vilas -- the No. 4 seed who beat Borg in Dusseldorf last month, the only one to do so on clay since 1976 -- was scheduled to play Manuel Orantes, but experienced severe stomach distress after eating lunch in the press dining room.
Through a monumental breakdown in communications, Orantes was not informed that the match had been delayed until 3:30, and showed up ready to play at 2:45, following Barazzutti's victory. The tournament committee later announced that the match would be played Thursday.