Billie Jean King

Who is this legendary tennis player?


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.