by Jeri Zeder

Who Says Jewish Women Don’t Play to Win?

The eyes of every player on the Brandeis women’s tennis team scanned the exhibit hall, and when they sighted their target, they zoomed in to get close. The subject of their awe towered over nearly all of them. She was Angela Buxton, the only Jewish woman to win at Wimbledon, where in 1956 she rocked the competition on the world’s most prestigious tennis courts. She’d endured bitter and limiting anti-Semitism that threatened her career, and lived a life lifted, in her words, “out of the ordinary.” Responding to a question about talent, Buxton insisted “I was really only above average.”

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