Billie Jean King was a powerful tennis champ when a challenge was issued. The tennis battle of the sexes: Billie Jean King vs. Bobby Riggs. Riggs, a boastful, loud player, set out to trounce the reigning female champ and the world watched. From my college dorm at a predominantly girls' college, Skidmore, we bellowed and cheered as Billie Jean turned the tables on Riggs and won the Battle of the Sexes. Always a gracious champ, and always a tough lady. Billie ruled!
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Billie Jean King is an American former World No. King won 39 Grand Slam titles, including 12 singles, 16 women's doubles, and 11 mixed doubles titles. King won the singles title at the inaugural WTA Tour Championships.
Billie Jean King won a record 20 Wimbledon championships and helped win equal treatment for women in sports famously beating Bobby Riggs in 1973 in "The Battle of the sexes" after he said to her that men were superior athletes.
Billie Jean King 1943 - One of the greatest female athletes Billie Jean King was one of the greatest female tennis champions who battled for equal pay for women. She won 67 professional titles including 20 titles at Wimbledon.
Did you know Elton John’s ‘Philadelphia Freedom’ is dedicated to Billie Jean King? At the time King coached a men’s tennis team called the “Philadelphia Freedoms,” making her one of the first women ever to coach men.