Sport: New Honors

When lanky Althea Gibson, Negro women's tennis champion, cracked the tennis color line in 1950, she soon proved that she could hold her own with the nation's best women players. Althea, then 22, reached the finals of her first National Indoor championship before losing to Nancy Chaffee. Fast improving with the chance to play against topflight competition, Althea went on to win the Good Neighbor Tournament (in Florida) and an international invitation tournament (in Germany). Last week, already enjoying a No. 9 national ranking, Althea became the first of her race to win another honor: No. 1 ranking from the...

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