Fourteen year old, Paula Pastaza had lived all her life in the village of San Miguel, high in the Andes. Then an old priest told her that she would bring fame to her village. Armed only with an old tennis racquet she believed was a weapon, and with a small statue of her people’s god—Jibaro —Paula set off for the nearest town. There she learned the true use of a racquet and showed amazing accuracy with it. She was advised that, with the help of a tennis coach in the state capital of San Fernando, she might become a tennis star.
- The Star with the Statue – Mandy: #300 (14 October 1972) – #312 (6 January 1973)