Doris Hart Wins Womens Singles at Bournemouth: American Defeats Jean Walker-Smith of Britain, 6-4 and 8-6, Daily Racing Form, 1951-05-07


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T| fi | : ■.-, $ ■** "*" ■ ■ x ----- — *•■ DORIS HART i ] J t i I £ a * £ l * ■ £ * v c I e * J ■ ■ Doris Hart Wins Womens . • Singles at Bournemouth American Defeats Jean Walker- • : Smith of Britain, 6-4 and 8-6 BOURNEMOUTH, England, May 5 UP . ] — Doris Hart, Americas second ranked player, won the womens singles title at the British hard court tennis championships ; today but the blonde star needed her best I game to defeat crippled but stubborn Jean Walker-Smith of Britain, 6-4, 8-6. Mrs. Walker-Smith had an injection just ] before the match to help kill the pain in i blistered foot. Despite that handicap, she 1 won most of her own services from the J top-seeded American and managed to return what appeared to be certain points j as Miss Hart served and volleyed with almost masculine power. • Trailing 5 to 1 in the second set, the British girl won five straight games and had reached set point in the twelfth game J when Miss Hart raced to the net and • scored what proved the deciding point of ] the match .with a sweeping, cross-court volley. After that the 25 -year-old Ameri- can took command and won the next two J games to clinch her seventh straight foreign title. South African Davis Cup players, Leon Norgard and Eric Sturgess, upset Jaroslav j Drobny and Vladimir Cernik, former Czech t Davis Cup partners, 7-5, 6-4, 6-1, to win i the mens doubles title. r

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