Billie Jean King

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King, Billie Jean,

1943–, American tennis player, b. Long Beach, Calif., as Billie Jean Moffitt. King won 67 tournament titles and 20 Wimbledon titles, including singles in 1966–68, 1972–73, and 1975. She was the U.S. Lawn Tennis women's singles champion in 1967, 1971–72, and 1974. In 1973 she defeated Bobby RiggsRiggs, Bobby
(Robert Larimore Riggs), 1918–95, U.S. tennis player, b. Los Angeles. Playing tennis from the age of 11, Riggs won several tournaments in the 1930s and helped the U.S. team win the Davis Cup in 1938.
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 in a "battle of the sexes." An aggressive, hard-hitting competitor, she turned professional in 1968. Active in the women's rights movement, particularly in the area of equality of wages, she was in the 1970s one of the founders of the Women's Tennis Association and cofounded a magazine, Womensport.


See S. Ware, Game, Set, Match (2011).

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Quite possibly, tomorrow's Billie Jean Moffitt is playing softball, and today's Chris Evert and Tracy Austin are booting soccer balls and running marathons.
watching Margaret Smith, the tall, powerful Australian tennis player, beat Billie Jean Moffitt in the ladies final at Wimbledon.
Margaret Smith (later Court) at least put up a fight before losing 1-6, 6-3, 7-5 to Billie Jean Moffitt (later King) in 1962.