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Billie Jean King                                                                   
Born: 22 November 1943 Long Beach, California                                       
Billie Jean King (née Moffitt) (born November 22, 1943, in Long Beach,             
California) is a retired tennis player from the United States. She won 12 Grand     
Slam singles titles, 16 Grand Slam women's doubles titles, and 11 Grand Slam       
mixed doubles titles. She is generally considered to be one of the greatest         
female tennis players and female athletes in history. King has been an outspoken   
advocate against sexism in sports and society. The tennis match for which the       
public best remembers her is the "Battle of the Sexes" in 1973, in which she       
defeated Bobby Riggs, a former Wimbledon men's champion who had been one of the     
leading male players in the 1930s and 1940s.