Anita Kanter

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Anita Kanter
Medal record
Representing  United States
Maccabiah Games
Women's tennis
Silver medal – second place 1953 Israel Women's Singles
Gold medal – first place 1953 Israel Mixed Doubles
Gold medal – first place 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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