first British woman to reach a Wimbledon final in 17 years,
won the Wimbledon Doubles Championship
with Althea Gibson in 1956.
October 1953 marked a turning point
in Buxton’s then modest playing career
when she won the Maccabiah Games
Singles title, easily defeating number
eight World seed Anita Kanter of the
United States, who had recently beaten
number one World seed Doris Hart.
Inspired by her success in Israel,
Buxton was able to earn a number four
British ranking in 1954. One year later, she reached the
1955 Wimbledon Singles
quarterfinals and the ninth spot in
World rankings. Buxton played in
Wightman Cup competition for Great
Britain in 1954, 1955, and 1956.
She was ranked fifth in the World in
1956, after capturing the Wimbledon
Doubles and reaching the Singles finals,
taking the English Indoor and London
Grass Court Singles Championships, the
English Hard Court Doubles crown
with Darlene Hard, reaching the semifinals
of the French Singles, and winning
the French Open Doubles with Althea
It was Buxton’s best competitive
year. She was at the top of her game in
late 1956 when she suffered a severe
wrist injury. Although she managed to
win the French Doubles and Maccabiah
Singles titles in 1957, her playing career
was prematurely curtailed.
Angela Buxton has authored several
books on tennis, Tackle Tennis This Way,
Starting Tennis, and Winning Tennis and
Doubles Tactics. She is one of the six
founders of the Israel Tennis Centres.