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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.


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Defeat in the women's doubles and the mixed doubles on Thursday, ensured there would be no fairytale ending for 49-year-old Navratilova, who hoped to break the record for most titles she shared with Billy Jean King on 20.
Henin-Hardenne may be on the brink of cementing her place in history alongside the likes of Serena Williams, Martina Navratilova, Steffi Graff, Billy Jean King and Chris Evert with a complete collection of Grand Slam titles, but she insisted, 'When I arrived here, I said step by step - now it is one more match, but I am still far away from that.
The tennis legend, who confirmed earlier this week that this would be her last Wimbledon, equalled the record set by Billy Jean King when she teamed up with Leander Paes to win the mixed doubles three years ago.
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These come in the form of anecdotes delivered by such sports greats as Dennis Connor, Billy Jean King, and Evonne Goolagong.
On top of that, it's already the home of world-class sports facilities like the Billy Jean King National Tennis Center, and Citi Field.