Billie Jean Moffitt King
BILLIE-JEAN MOFFITT KING

U. S. A.
Born 22/11/1943
Australian Open 1968
French Open 1972
Wimbledon 1966,1967,1968,1972,1973,1975
US Open 1967,1971,1972,1974

Billie-Jean Moffitt King is remembered primarily as being one of the main forces in the increase in prize money and prestige in women's tennis, but people forget that she was also one of the greatest female players ever. Only Margaret Court, Steffi Graf, Helen Wills Moody, Martina Navratilova, Chris Evert and Serena Williams won more Grand Slam titles than Billie-Jean. She was a good serve-volley player and one of the toughest female competitors there has ever been. She holds the record for total Wimbledon titles with Martina Navratilova at 20. King won the Australian Open once (in 1968 beating Smith Court in the final) and the French Open once (in 1972 over Goolagong in the final). At Wimbledon Billie-Jean reached her first final in 1963 (losing to Smith) and won the title three years later over Smith and Maria Bueno. She took the title again in 1967 over Ann Haydon-Jones and beat Haydon-Jones and Judy Tegart to win the first open Wimbledon in 1968. King lost the '69 final to Jones and the '70 final to Court. King won the title again in 1972 over Goolagong and beat Goolagong and Chris Evert in 1973 and beat Evert and Goolagong again in 1975. At the U. S. Open Billie-Jean reached her first final in 1965 (losing to Smith). She won the title in 1967 over Jones but lost the 1968 final to Jones' compatriot Virginia Wade. King won the title in 1971 over Evert and Rosie Casals. In 1972 she won again beating Wade, Court and Kerry Melville. She won her last U. S. title in 1974 over Goolagong. Even at 39 King managed to reach the semis at Wimbledon 1983, where she lost to Andrea Jaeger. In the 1970s King created World Team Tennis. She is also famous for winning a Battle of the Sexes match in 1973 against 55 year old Bobby Riggs.


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