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Gibson 1st African American to win Wimbledon

Updated: June 30, 2002, 9:17 AM ET
By Larry Schwartz | Special to ESPN.com

July 6, 1957

Althea Gibson fights back tears as she receives congratulations from England's smiling Queen Elizabeth II after becoming the first African-American to win Wimbledon.

"At last! At last!" the 29-year-old Gibson says as the Queen, who is making her first Wimbledon appearance, presents her with the silver plate.

Gibson earns the award with her strong serve-and-volley performance in beating Darlene Hard, 6-3, 6-2 on the famed center court in the final. ...

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