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ALTHEA Gibson, a shy and awkward girl who had to fight herself as often as a hostile world, this week will try for her first National Singles title at Forest Hills. Here is a warm glimpse of her by an old friend
Sarah Palfrey
September 02, 1957
Wimbledon was behind her, and the great victory which finally marked her as a champion. Now Althea Gibson (opposite) was at Sewickley, Pa. for the Wightman Cup matches played there a fortnight ago. I had come with her to see her perform. Of all the girls I have seen on past Wightman Cup teams, none was ever more proud to be elected than Althea was this year. When she tried on her white blazer for the first time before the matches at Sewickley, her expression and her manner verged on exaltation. She stood quietly looking in the mirror of Margaret DuPont's room, turning slowly around to see herself from all sides. Finally she said, "I don't want to seem fussy, but don't you all think the sleeves are too short?" And then, apologetically, "You see, this is the first one of these I've ever had and I want it to be just right. I am so thrilled to be a representative of America in these matches."
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September 02, 1957

Althea Gibson, A Shy And Awkward Girl Who Had To Fight Herself As Often As A Hostile World, This Week Will Try For Her First National Singles Title At Forest Hills. Here Is A Warm Glimpse Of Her By An Old Friend

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"I was hoping you would say that," I put in.

"What I mean is," Althea Gibson finished her thought, "if I play my right game the way I should, then I feel I can beat anybody. But I certainly don't want to be overconfident, because if I play badly, I can easily be beaten by some black sheep. But I don't think I will be."

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