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1977 (age 33-34)

Listed below are 13 tournaments (7 of which she won) plus Federation Cup and Wightman Cup, with a win-loss record of 56-6 (17-1 hard, 23-1 indoor, 8-1 grass, 8-3 clay). She also won 2 women's doubles titles.

Week of March 14, 1977
Virginia Slims of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania


Women's doubles (with Rosemary Casals):
?R lost to Wendy Turnbull / Carrie Meyer 7-5, 6-2

Week of March 21, 1977
Lionel Cup, McFarlin Tennis Center, San Antonio, Texas
Hard except the final was played indoors at the Thousand Oaks Country Club because of rain
King was seeded [1]

1R d. Sue Stap 6-2, 6-3

2R d. Carol Baily 6-4, 6-4
QF d. Kate Latham [7] 6-4, 6-2
SF d. Marcie Louie [3] 6-2, 6-2
F d. Mary Hamm [6] 6-3, 3-6, 6-3 (indoor)

Earlier in March, King requested that the Women's Tennis Association (WTA) exercise its right to grant a wild card entry to King for the eight-player Virginia Slims Championships at Madison Square Garden in New York City. Margaret Court, who finished in sixth place on the Virginia Slims points list, failed to qualify for the tournament because she did not play enough Virginia Slims tournaments leading up to the championships. This left a spot open in the draw, which the WTA filled with Mima Jausovec. King then decided to play the Lionel Cup tournament in San Antonio, which the WTA harshly criticized because tournament officials there had allowed transexual Renee Richards to enter. Chris Evert, Martina Navratilova, and Betty Stove (president of the WTA) criticized King's decision because of Richards's unresolved and highly controversial status on the women's tennis tour. Evert said she was disappointed with King and that until Richards's status was resolved, "all of the women should stick together." Navratilova said, "Billie Jean is a bad girl pouting. She made a bad decision. She's mad because she could not get what she wanted." Stöve said that if King had wanted the competition, "[T]here are plenty of men around here she could've played with. She didn't have to choose a 'disputed' tournament." The draw in San Antonio called for King to play Richards in the semifinals had form held; however, Richards lost in the quarterfinals.

Week of March 28, 1977
Family Circle Cup, Sea Pines Racquet Club, Hilton Head, South Carolina
King was seeded [8]

1R d. Nancy Richey 0-6, 7-6(5-2), 6-2
2R d. Virginia Ruzici 6-1, 7-5
QF d. Renata Tomanova 6-3, 7-5
SF d. Kerry Melville Reid 6-3, 7-6(5-3)

F lost to Chris Evert [1] 6-0, 6-1

The first round match with Nancy Richey was the last time that King and Richey ever played each other.

Week of April 11, 1977
Lionel Cup, Port Washingon Tennis Academy, North Hempstead, New York
King was seeded [1]

1R d. Mareen "Peanut" Louie Harper 6-1, 6-2
2R d. Glynis Coles 6-4, 6-4
QF d. Mary Carillo [7] 6-2, 6-4
SF d. Jane Stratton [4] 6-4, 6-1
F d. Caroline Stoll 6-1, 6-1

Week of June 13, 1977
Federation Cup, Devonshire Park, Eastbourne, United Kingdom

1R d. Helena Wimmer, Austria 6-2, 6-2
2R d. Christiane Jolissaint, Switzerland 6-0, 6-3
QF d. Frederique Thibault, France 6-0, 6-0
SF d. Greer Stevens, South Africa 6-2, 6-0
F d. Dianne Fromholtz Balestrat, Australia 6-1, 2-6, 6-2

Week of June 20, 1977
Wimbledon, All England Lawn Tennis & Croquet Club, London, United Kingdom
King was seeded [5]

1R bye
2R d. Anne Smith 6-8, 6-0, 6-3
3R d. Maria Bueno 6-2, 7-5

4R d. Marise Kruger 4-6, 6-0, 6-1

QF lost to Chris Evert [1] 6-1, 6-2

King and Chris Evert walk off Centre Court after Evert's easy win.

Women's doubles (with Karen Hantze Susman) (seeded [8]):
1R bye
2R lost to Pat Bostrom / Mary Carillo 7-9, 6-4, 6-3

Mixed doubles (with Phil Dent):
1R bye
2R d. Ray Ruffels / Virginia Wade 7-5, 6-2
3R d. Doherty / Pat Bostrom 6-2, 6-4
QF d. Grover "Raz" Reid / Kerry Melville Reid 6-3, 1-6, 9-7
SF lost to Robert Hewitt / Greer Stevens 5-7, 6-4, 7-5

In the third round, King played Maria Bueno for the last time. In the quarterfinals, Chris Evert defeated King for the first time at a Grand Slam singles tournament and for the first time on grass in just 46 minutes. Evert said it was the best match she had ever played on grass up to that point in her career, and King said, "She just played beautiful tennis. I don't think many players would've beaten her today." King also said after the match, "Maybe I can be happy being number eight instead of number one. At this stage, just playing, that's winning enough for me." But when asked about retirement, King said, "Retire? Quit tournament tennis? You gotta be kidding. It just means I've got a lot more work. I've got to make myself match tough ... mentally as well as physically. I gotta go out and kill myself for the next six months. It's a long, arduous process. I will suffer. But I will be back."

Week of August 29, 1977
US Open, West Side Tennis Club, New York City
King was seeded [7]

1R bye
2R d. Anne Smith 6-3, 3-6, 7-5
3R d. Sheila McInerney 6-1, 2-6, 6-1
4R d. Kerry Melville Reid [9] 6-1, 3-6, 7-6(5)

QF lost to Chris Evert [1] 6-2, 6-0

Women's doubles (with Julie Anthony) ([unseeded]):
1R d. Regina Marsikova / Pam Teeguarden [7] 6-2, 6-4
2R d. Tanya Harford / Yvonne Vermaak 6-0, 6-1
3R d. Brigitte Cuypers / Marise Kruger 6-4, 7-6
QF lost to Martina Navratilova / Betty Stove [1] 6-3, 7-5

Mixed doubles (with Vitas Gerulaitis) (seeded [3]):
1R d. K. Stuart / Betty Ann Grubb Hansen Stuart Dent Grout 6-2, 6-1
2R d. John Feaver / Virginia Ruzici 6-1, 6-2
QF d. Ross Case / Mona Schallau Guerrant 4-6, 7-5, 6-3
SF d. Robert Hewitt / Greer Stevens [1] 4-6, 6-3, 7-6
F lost to Frew McMillan / Betty Stove [2] 6-2, 3-6, 6-3

After King defeated Kerry Melville Reid in the fourth round on Court 17, King refused the traditional post-match handshake and cursed her opponent. Annoyed at a linesperson's call in the third set, King hit a ball into the adjoining Grandstand Court. Melville Reid then asked the umpire to assess a penalty point against King, which caused her to become incensed. Chris Evert repeated her Wimbledon quarterfinal victory over King. This loss prompted King to say, "I'm really ticked with my play. I played the big points badly. Chris played them much better. I better get it together by October or November or that's it. I'll have to make some big decisions. I'm not 20-years-old and I can't just go out and change my game. It's only the last four weeks I haven't been in [knee] pain. [But if] I keep using that as a copout, I shouldn't play."

Week of September 26, 1977
Florida Federal Open, Palm Harbor, Florida
King was seeded [2]

1R d. Helen Gourlay Cawley 1-6, 6-3, 6-3
2R lost to Michelle Tyler 6-3, 6-0

King played 7 consecutive weeks beginning with this tournament.

Week of October 3, 1977
Wyler's Women's Tennis Classic, Alexander Memorial Coliseum, Georgia Tech University, Atlanta, Georgia
Indoor carpet
King was seeded [8]

1R d. Zenda Liess 7-5, 6-4
2R d. Francoise Durr 6-2, 6-4
QF d. Martina Navratilova [2] 6-4, 6-1
SF lost to Dianne Fromholtz Balestrat [6] 4-6, 6-2, 2-6

Week of October 10, 1977
Phoenix Thunderbirds Tennis Tournament, Arizona Biltmore Hotel, Phoenix, Arizona
King was seeded [6]

1R d. Kathy Kuykendall 6-3, 6-3
2R d. Laura DuPont 6-3, 6-3
QF d. Rosemary Casals [3] 4-6, 6-4, 6-3
SF d. Martina Navratilova [2] 7-6, 4-6, 6-4
F d. Wendy Turnbull [7] 1-6, 6-1, 6-0

Women's doubles (with Martina Navratilova):
F d. Helen Gourlay Cawley / Joanne Russell 6-3, 7-5

King lost only 4 points to Wendy Turnbull in the third set of the final.

Week of October 17, 1977
Ginasio Estadual Geraldo Jose de Almeida, Sao Paulo, Brazil
Indoor (carpet)

1R d. Florenta Mihai 6-2, 6-4
2R d. Renata Tomanova 6-2, 6-0
QF d. Martina Navratilova [1] 6-2, 3-6, 6-4
SF d. Dianne Fromholtz Balestrat 6-3, 6-3
F d. Betty Stove 6-1, 6-4

Week of October 24, 1977
Borinquen Classic, San Juan, Puerto Rico
King was seeded [4]

1R d. Francoise Durr 6-1, 6-2
2R d. Kristien Kemmer Shaw Ziska 4-6, 6-4, 6-4
QF d. Virginia Ruzici 6-3, 6-1
SF d. Betty Stove 6-4, 2-6, 6-4
F d. Janet Newberry 6-1, 6-3

Women's doubles (with Rosemary Casals):
F d. Linky Boshoff / Ilana Kloss 4-6, 6-2, 6-3

Week of October 31, 1977
Colgate Series Championships, Mission Hills Country Club, Rancho Mirage, California

1RR d. Wendy Turnbull 6-3, 6-2
2RR d. Kerry Melville Reid 7-6, 4-6, 6-1
3RR d. Betty Stove 6-2, 6-3
F lost to Chris Evert 6-2, 6-2

King led 2-1 in the first set and had three break point opportunities in the next game at 0-40. But Chris Evert saved all three with shots to the "absolute back corners of the court." Evert won 9 of the next 10 games. King did not resemble the player who had won her previous three matches in this tournament. King said, "It's because Chris plays better against me than she does against anyone else." This loss ended King's 18-match winning streak.

Week of November 7, 1977
Wightman Cup, Oakland Coliseum Arena, Oakland, California
United States 7, United Kingdom 0

d. Sue Barker 6-1, 6-4
d. Virginia Wade 6-4, 3-6, 8-6

Women's doubles (with Joanne Russell):
d. Lesley Charles / Sue Mappin 6-0, 6-1

Week of November 21, 1977
Gunze World Tennis Tournament, Kobe and Aoyama Gakuen University Gymnasium, Tokyo, Japan

1R d. Mimi Wikstedt 7-5, 6-3 (Kobe)
SF d. Rosemary Casals 5-7, 6-2, 6-2 (Tokyo)
F d. Martina Navratilova 7-5, 5-7, 6-1 (Tokyo)

Mixed doubles (with Manuel Orantes):
F d. Cliff Drysdale / Kristien Kemmer Shaw 6-4, 6-4

Week of December 5, 1977
Bremar Cup, National Sports Centre at Crystal Palace, London, United Kingdom
King was seeded [2]

1R d. Linda Mottram 6-1, 6-2
QF d. Tanya Harford 6-3, 7-5
SF d. Betty Stove 6-4, 2-6, 6-3
F d. Virginia Wade [1] 6-3, 6-1

After winning this tournament, King said, "I have never had a run like this, even in the years when I was Wimbledon champion. At 34 I feel fitter than when I was 24."

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