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Gibson first African-American to win U.S. National

Updated: September 5, 2001, 5:49 PM ET
By Larry Schwartz | Special to ESPN.com

Sept. 8, 1957

Earlier in the summer, Althea Gibson became the first African-American - female or male - to win Wimbledon. Today she is the first of her race to win the U.S. title.

At the age of 30 and at the pinnacle of her career, the lithe and muscular Gibson serves and volleys her way to a 6-3, 6-2 win over four-time Wimbledon champion Louise Brough. She doesn't lose a set throughout the entire tournament, played on the grass courts at Forest Hills.

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