Billie Jean King is an American former World No. 1 professional tennis player born on 22 November 1943, In California, U.S
She is the daughter of Bill Moffit, a fireman, and his wife Betty, a homemaker. She has one younger brother Randy, Who became a baseball pitcher for the San Francisco Giants.
Billie Jean was married to Larry King between 1965 and 1987. She had been attracted to Marilyn Barnett, her secretary, and shared a lesbian relationship with her. Marilyn sued her for palimony after the matter became public.
Billie Jean attended Long Beach Polytechnic High School. Later she attended the California State University, Los Angeles.
In 1959, King had made her first Grand Slam appearance at the U.S. Championships. Her first-round opponent, Justina Bricka retrieved the match after having a match point against her in the second set. In 1960, She won the Philadelphia and District Women’s Grass Court Championships – her first senior title. In 1966, She won her first grand slam title overpowering Maria Bueno in the final at Wimbledon. Her newly acquired forehand skills had helped defeat Margaret Court in the semifinals in straight sets. In 1967, She won her second Wimbledon and her first U.S. singles Championships. In 1968, she won her first Australia Open title while she lost in the French Open semifinal. In 1971, Her only Grand Slam win was the US Open singles. Between 1973 and 1980, she won five Grand Slam singles titles – two Wimbledon and three U.S Open. During the period, she also won four mixed doubles and four Grand Slam doubles titles. In 1983, she announced her retirement.
- As a child, she wanted to grow up to be a preacher.
- She is close friends with Elton John, who had written a hit song about her work.
- In 1974, She won against Bobby Riggs in the sensational ‘Battle of the Sexes’ match, brought gender equality, especially in sports, to the fore.
Awards and Achievements:
- In 1967, She received the Associated Press Female Athlete of the Year award.
- In 1999, She received the Arthur Ashe Courage award.
- In 2014, She received the Shorty for Athlete award.
What can we learn from her??
Like Billie Jean King, There is no limit to success, so try and try, Never stop in any situation.