Connolly and Hart Lead U. S. Advance in Wimbledon Tennis: Nine Other American Women Stars Also Register Thier First Round Triumphs in England, Daily Racing Form, 1954-06-23


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Connolly and Hart Lead U. S. Advance in Wimbledon Tennis HineOtherAmericariWomen4 Stars Also Register Their First Round Triumphs in England By ROBERT MUSEL United Press Sports Writer WIMBLEDON, England, June 22.— Maureen "Little Mo" Connolly, Doris Hart and nine other American women tennis stars won their .opening singles ;rriatches in straight sets today at the Wimbledon-championships, giving their opponents a ruthlessly masculine shellacking on the sun-drenched courts. Of the 13 Americans entered in the womens singles, only Mary Kay Morris of Pasadena, Calif., and Gladys Heldman of New York, lost their first matches. Little Mo, the blonde Californian who says she wont quit tennis until she betters Helen Wills Moodys mark of four straight Wimbledon crowns, began a bid for her third in a row by defeating Joan Scott of South Africa, 6-0, 6-3. The defending champion opened the center court program and needed just 35 businesslike minutes to march, into the third round. * Take 35 to 40 Minutes Each At the same time, three former Wimbledon champions — all Americans — were humiliating British opponents. Miss Hart of Coral Gables, Fla., took 35 minutes to oust Georgie Woodgate, 6-1, 6-1; Margaret Osborne duPont of .Wilmington, Del., took 39 to finish Valerie White, 6-1, 6-0; and Louise Brough of Beverly Hills, Calif., — ■ — ■ needed 40 to beat Patricia Gotla, 6-1, 6-1. ! Shirley Fry, the Akron, Ohio, girl who is seeded third behind MisS .Connolly and Miss Hart, was the only U. S. winner who ran into any real competition as she eliminated Violette Rigollet-Alvensleben of Switzerland, 6-4, 6-4. There were no mens singles matches today but three U. S. mens doubles teams were in action and won first round matches. Tony Trabert of Cincinnati and Vic Seixas of Philadelphia, Americas Davis Cup pair, ousted Cyril Kemp of Ireland and Farhand Mohtadi of Iran, 6-0, 6-2, 6-2. Gardnar Mulloy of Miami and Budge Patty of Los Angeles and Paris defeated Britains S. D. Lester and R.fC. Thorn, 6-2, 6-3, 6-3; and Art Larsen of San Leandro, Calif., and Herb Flam of Beverly Hills, Calif., eliminated 55-year-old Jean Borotra of France and Andy Paton of Ann Arbor, Mich., 6-4, 6-4, 3-6, 6-2. In the other first rounders, Dorothy Levine of Chicago defeated Mrs. R. B. R. Wilson of Britain, 6-4, 6-0; Baba Madden Lewis of .Newtonville, Mass., eliminated Betty Quelch of Britain, 6-1, 6-3 ;Kay Hub-bell of Conway, N. H., beat Kathleen Stotfc of Britain, 9-7, 6-1; Barbara Kimbrell of Los Angeles ousted Rosemary Walsh of Britain, 6-2, 6-2; Barbara Bradley of Reno, Nev., beat Jean Petchell of Britain, 9-7, j 6-1; and Betty Rosenquest Pratt, forjher j New Jersey resident now living in Jamaica, ; .B. W. I., beat Josefa de Riba of Spain, | 6-1, 6-2. ; ,

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