Sport: Light-Foot Favorite

Winning tournaments was getting to be old hat with the long-legged, light-footed girl from the U.S. Ever since November she had traipsed across Europe and Asia, swapping shots with some of the best women tennists in the world. Of 16 tournaments she entered, she had reached the finals in all, won the cup and singles titles in thirteen.* When she overpowered Britain's Angela Mortimer (6-0, 12-10) in Paris last week to win her 13th, the French women's singles championship, Althea Gibson, 28, flew over the net like a happy starling. In all Althea's...

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