Anita Kanter

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Anita Kanter
Medal record
Competitor for  United States
Maccabiah Games
Women's tennis
Silver 1953 Israel Women's Singles
Gold 1953 Israel Mixed Doubles
Gold 1953 Israel Women's Doubles

Anita Kanter (born 1933) of Santa Monica, California, was an American amateur tennis player in the 1950s.

In singles, Kanter was ranked # 6 in the United States in 1952, and # 9 in 1953.

Tennis career[edit]

She won the U.S. girls tennis championship in 1951 as an 18-year-old sophomore at the University of California-Los Angeles.

In 1952 she won the U.S. clay court championship, and was the runner-up at the Foothills Cup. In 1952, at the Cincinnati Masters, she won both the singles and doubles titles. In 1953 she won the U.S. National hard court tennis championship,[1] successfully defended her doubles title, and reached the singles final.

She was seeded No. 1 in singles and doubles in both appearances in Cincinnati. (In doubles in those two years, she paired with Joan Merciadis in 1952, and Thelma Long of Australia in 1953.)

Maccabiah Games[edit]

Kanter, who is Jewish,[1] competed in the 1953 Maccabiah Games--the "Jewish Olympics".[2] At the Games, Kanter—ranked # 9 in the U.S. at the time—lost the women's singles title to Angela Buxton,[3][4] but won the mixed doubles title with Grant Golden and the women's double title.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Day by day in Jewish sports history. Retrieved March 20, 2011. 
  2. ^ "Anita Kantor Wins in Tel Aviv Games". Retrieved March 20, 2011. 
  3. ^ Bruce Schoenfeld (2004). The match: Althea Gibson and Angela Buxton: how two outsiders--one Black, the other Jewish--forged a friendship and made sports history. HarperCollins. Retrieved March 20, 2011. 
  4. ^ Robert Slater (2000). Great Jews in sports. Retrieved March 20, 2011. 

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