Billie Jean King

Who is this legendary tennis player?

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Brian Hedden, Journalist

Billie Jean King defeated Bobby Riggs on Mother’s Day in the first of two 1973 matches dubbed Battle of the Sexes, landmark moments where a female athlete beat a male head-to-head on a nationwide broadcast. She had staying power too 10 years later at Wimbledon, she became the oldest Grand Slam semifinalist at 39 years, 7 months and 9 days old.