The British really expected to keep the Wightman Cup this year. The Australians expected to have no trouble with India's improvised team in the Davis Cup interzone finals at Brookline, Mass. But the week brought forth some unexpected headliners: Beverly Baker Fleitz of Long Beach, Calif., 29 and mother of two, beat Britain's Christine Truman to regain the Wightman Cup for the U.S. at Sewickley, Pa., and the brilliant young (22) Ramanathan Krishnan of Madras gave the Australians a chill on their way to the Davis Cup challenge round.
Of the two surprises, Bev Fleitz's was the more consequential. Her victories over Angela Mortimer and Miss Truman led the U.S. to its 4-3 match victory. Krish defeated Australia's Rod Laver (runner-up at Wimbledon) with a mastery that had elderly spectators murmuring about Bill Tilden. Obviously tired, he dropped his final match with Neale Fraser and the Indian threat expired.
LISSOME BEVERLY BAKER FLEITZ FOLLOWS THROUGH ON A VOLLEY AT SEWICKLEY IN MATCH SHE WON FROM ANGELA MORTIMER
Personable Indian, Ramanathan Krishnan, flashes well-earned wide smile after upsetting Australia's Rod Laver at Brookline.