Saturday, September 20, 2008

Battle of the Sexes

It was on this date in 1973 that Billie Jean King won the Battle of the Sexes, trouncing Bobby Riggs. who in his usual showmanship manner "played the male chauvinist card" saying women tennis players were inferior to men.

Riggs had beaten Margaret Court, a top women's player, when he began taunting women and challenged Billie Jean. I remember this event -- the hype leading up to it and the TV coverage. She had control the entire match. These matches were great for tennis, men's and especially women's, elevating the popularity of the sport. The event had done its job.

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