Britains Wightman Cup Hopes Dealt Another Blow, Daily Racing Form, 1954-06-08


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Britains Wightman Cup Hopes Dealt Another Blow LONDON, JEngland, June 7 UP. Britains hopes of making a creditable showing against the United States in next weekends Wightman Cup tennis matches were dealt another hard blow today when Mrs. Joy Mottram was stricken with mumps. The Wightman Cup Committee announced that Mrs. Mottram will not be in shape to play at Wimbledon next Friday and Saturday and will not be replaced. Angela Mortimer, Englands leading womens player, had to withdraw from the British team last week because -of eye strain. Miss Mortimer was replaced by young Pat Hird. The British team now is comprised of Helen Fletcher, who recently recovered from mumps; Ann Shilcock, Angela Buxton and Miss Hird. American women have won the Wightman Cup 17 straight times, starting with the 1931 matches. Six of these U. S. triumphs have been 7-0 shutouts, including last years.

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