She was lucky to
get a ticket to the show, but it emerged she didn't need much more luck than
that. With her new-found determination, brilliant shot-making and ability to
make seemingly impossible gets, she fought through a rough field to win the
championship. She confesses now that even when in the finals she was leading
5-0 in the second set against Angela Buxton, having won the first, she still
couldn't believe that she was going to win.
But win she did,
and a new queen was crowned overnight. To friends who may have questioned the
wisdom of his constant urging, the simple cable which Lester Fry got from his
daughter after her Wimbledon victory must have seemed a complete answer. It
said: "Worth all the trouble. Love, Shirley."
objective noted in Shirley's scrapbook has no paternal inspiration, and springs
exclusively from her own ambition to win the big one. It is: Forest Hills