Sport: Anarchy on the Court

"Britain, whisper it gently," breathed the Times of London, "may today win the Wightman Cup." But one match the Times was ready to concede to the U.S. was between World Champion Althea Gibson and a strapping, 17-year-old blonde named Christine Truman. Christine had got the British team off to a promising start by beating second-ranking U.S. Tennist Dorothy Knode, but did not seem in the same class with Althea. "To expect Miss Truman to defeat Miss Gibson," said the Times sadly, "would be to expect anarchy."

Anarchy prevailed. After a long winter of weight lifting and wind sprints, Christine brightened Wimbledon's No....

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