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1979 (age 35-36)

Listed below are 16 tournaments (2 of which she won), with a win-loss record of 37-14 (12-5 grass, 6-2 hard, 19-7 indoor). (Her win-loss total does not include third-place matches.) She won 6 women's doubles titles, including Wimbledon and the year-ending Colgate Series Championships.

Week of April 30, 1979
Federation Cup, RSHE Club Campo, Madrid, Spain


Women's doubles (with Rosemary Casals):
SF versus Olga Morozova / Olga Zaitseva, Soviet Union 9-8, unfinished
F d. Kerry Melville Reid / Wendy Turnbull, Australia 3-6, 6-3, 8-6

Week of June 11, 1979
Crossley Carpets Tournament (AA), Chichester, United Kingdom
King was seeded [8]

1R d. Anne Hobbs 6-1, 7-6(9)
2R d. Brigette Cuypers 5-7, 7-6, 6-2
QF d. Martina Navratilova [1] 6-1, 6-2
SF lost to Evonne Goolagong Cawley [5] 1-6, 6-4, 10-8

Women's doubles (with Martina Navratilova):
F lost to Wendy Turnbull / Greer Stevens 6-3, 1-6, 7-5

King played her first singles tournament since Wimbledon in 1978. She needed only 48 minutes in the quarterfinals to crush Martina Navratilova, the defending Wimbledon singles champion. King said, "I played the best I can, while Martina couldn't have played worse." Navratilova said, "I have to be happy to play well, and I didn't feel right [here], where the courts were terrible." King needed less than 30 minutes to win the first set of her semifinal with Evonne Goolagong Cawley. The Australian took a 5-2 lead in the second set; however, King clawed her way back. She had game point on her own service to level the set at 5-5. But King gave away the point when she called a let on herself. Goolagong Cawley then broke serve to win the set. King again fell behind 3-1 in the final set but broke and held to tie the set at 3-3. Goolagong Cawley saved 4 break points on her way to taking a 5-4 lead. From that point on, King was always struggling to stay in the match. The Australian converted her second match point when a lob left King stranded. She said, "I'll go over that match, think about it, dream about it, and throw up. Evonne played really well. I tried to do a bit too much and felt a bit sluggish."

Week of June 18, 1979
Colgate International (AAA), Devonshire Park, Eastbourne, United Kingdom
King was seeded [14]

1R d. Barbara Jordan 5-7, 6-4, 6-0
2R d. Kay McDaniel 6-4, 6-1
3R lost to Kerry Melville Reid 4-4, retired (right leg muscle strain)

Women's doubles:
No results found.

Week of June 25, 1979
Wimbledon, All England Lawn Tennis & Croquet Club, London, United Kingdom
King was seeded [7]

1R d. Yvonne Vermaak 6-4, 6-1
2R d. Linda Siegel 6-1, 6-3
3R d. Diane Desfor 6-3, 6-2
4R d. Hana Mandlikova 6-4, 6-3

QF lost to Tracy Austin [4] 6-4, 6-7(5), 6-2

Women's doubles (with Martina Navratilova) (seeded [1]):

1R bye
2R d. Tanya Harford / Anne Hobbs 6-4, 4-6, 6-3
3R d. Diane Desfor / Barbara Hallquist 6-1, 6-1
QF d. Ilana Kloss / Betty Ann Grubb Hansen Stuart Dent Grout [7] 3-6, 6-3, 6-0
SF d. Francoise Durr / Virginia Wade [3] 6-2, 6-4

F d. Betty Stove / Wendy Turnbull [2] 5-7, 6-3, 6-3

Mixed doubles (with Ben Testerman) ([unseeded]):
1R advanced by walkover versus Ashok Armritraj / Ann Kiyomura
2R d. Roger Taylor / K. Wooldridge 6-1, 6-1
3R lost to John Newcombe / Evonne Goolagong Cawley [4] 6-4, 6-3

King was impressive in defeating 17-year old Hana Mandlikova in the fourth round. After the match, King said, "I am playing as well as I ever have since 1975. I am hitting a heavy ball. I think the women's tournament is wide open. I am mentally and physically ready. There is no turning back. I am prepared to give 110 percent. If Hana ever gets her game together, she will be really tough. She has wonderful physical talent. She is tall and quick and makes some great shots. But because she is so young, she is inclined to hit and miss." King led 16-year old Tracy Austin 2-0 in the third set of their magnificent Centre Court quarterfinal. Austin then wore down King and won the last 6 games and 17 of the last 24 points to win in 2 hours, 2 minutes. King drew on her repertoire of topspin, sliced, and flat forehands; sliced and topspin backhands; and dropshots, moonballs, and lobs. But Austin hit them all back. Kind said, "I'm ticked. I hate to lose. The trouble is that I haven't played enough tournaments this year. I stayed back when I should have been aggressive. She played her game better than I played mine." King was a late entrant to the singles draw, and her entry was not accepted initially because the draw was full. Lesley Charles subsequently withdrew, and King was then granted entry in a departure from the rules, which would have given Marjorie Blackwood a place.

Although King played Wimbledon 3 more times, the doubles was her 20th and last Wimbledon title. She broke Elizabeth Ryan's record of 19 Wimbledon titles the day after Ryan suffered a stroke at Wimbledon and died on the way to hospital. Ryan was stricken just after she had watched Martina Navratilova defeat Chris Evert in the singles final. King said, "All I could do was think of Elizabeth. It took all the joy out of winning. We were both from the same area of California. When I was a teenager, just beginning, I would see her around the Los Angeles Tennis Club. Everybody knew her and knew her record. I thought of her during the match. I found myself waking up thinking of her. I talked some with her last year. She told me that she would like to keep the record but, if it had to be broken, she would be happy if I did it." When asked earlier in the week about King possibly breaking her record, Ryan joked, "I hope she breaks her leg." King said that the key to winning the match was Navratilova and her getting angry at Betty Stove and Wendy Turnbull because they did not object when the umpire awarded Stove 2 serves after hitting an obvious fault in the third set.

Picture taken sometime during Wimbledon.

Week of July 23, 1979
Obras '79 Indoor Tournament, Arena Obras Sanitarias, Buenos Aires, Argentina

1R/QF d. Ivanna Madruga Osses 6-4, 6-3
SF d. Evonne Goolagong Cawley 6-3, 3-6, 7-5
F lost to Martina Navratilova 6-3, 6-4

Women's doubles:
No results found.

Week of August 13, 1979
Central Fidelity Bank International (AAA), Robins Centre, University of Richmond, Richmond, Virginia
King was seeded [6]

1R lost to Ann Kiyomura 6-1, 1-6, 6-2

Women's doubles (with Martina Navratilova) (seeded [1]):
SF d. Rosemary Casals / Greer Stevens 7-5, 6-2
F lost to Wendy Turnbull / Betty Stove [2] 6-1, 6-4

Week of August 20, 1979
Volvo Cup (AA), Ramapo College, Mahwah, New Jersey
King was seeded [5]

1R d. Sylvia Hanika 6-2, 2-6, 6-2
2R lost to Betty Stove 6-2, 6-4

Women's doubles:
No results found.

Week of August 27, 1979
US Open, USTA National Tennis Center, New York City
King was seeded [9]

1R d. Zenda Liess 6-3, 7-5
2R d. Chris O'Neil 6-0, 6-3

3R d. Stacy Margolin 6-3, 6-3
4R d. Kathy May Teacher 6-3, 6-0
QF d. Virginia Wade [4] 6-3, 7-6(4)

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

Women's doubles (with Martina Navratilova) (seeded [2]):
1R bye
2R d. Lea Antonoplis / Diane Evers 7-5, 6-2
3R advanced by walkover versus Regina Marsikova / Renata Tomanova [10]
QF d. ________ Johnson / Paula Smith 6-1, 6-3
SF d. Sherry Acker / Julie Anthony 6-2, 7-5
F lost to Wendy Turnbull / Betty Stove [1] 7-5, 6-3

Mixed doubles (with Ben Testerman) (seeded [6]):
1R d. Fred Stolle / Barbara Potter 6-2, 6-4
2R failed to advance by walkover versus Butch Walts / Kristien Kemmer Shaw Ziska

King defeated Virginia Wade for the 29th time in 39 career singles matches to this point in their careers. With King hampered by a neck injury sustained during a bear hug with a friend the day before the match, Chris Evert won their semifinal easily. Evert won the last eleven games and 48 of the last 63 points. This was Evert's eighth consecutive win over King, with Evert during those matches losing only one set and 31 games and winning four 6–0 sets.

Week of September 10, 1979
Toray Sillook (AAAA), Yoyogi National Gymnasium, Tokyo
King was seeded [6]

1R d. Julie Harrington 2-6, 6-1, 6-1
2R d. Mareen "Peanut" Louie Harper 6-2, 6-4
QF d. Wendy Turnbull [4] 4-6, 7-5, 6-1
SF d. Dianne Fromholtz Balestrat [2] 6-2, 7-6(6)

F d. Evonne Goolagong Cawley [3] 6-4, 7-5

Women's doubles:
No results found.

King was in the form that won her the Wimbledon singles title for the sixth time in 1975. Her well-controlled volleys and top spin ground strokes proved too much for Evonne Goolagong Cawley. The Australian said after the match, "Billie Jean can play for 10 more years and still be at the top." King said, "This is probably the best tennis I have played for years. Now I've got the momentum to go."

Week of September 24, 1979
Davison's Classic (AAA), Alexander Memorial Coliseum, Georgia Tech University, Atlanta, Georgia
King was seeded [4]

1R d. Sylvia Hanika 6-3, 6-2
2R lost to Marise Kruger 1-6, 6-4, 6-2

Women's doubles:
No results found.

Marise Kruger used a strong return of serve in the second and third sets to upset King.

Week of October 1, 1979
U.S. Indoor Championships (Michelob Light Classic) (AAAA), Met Center, Bloomington, Minnesota
King was seeded [3]

1R d. Terry Holladay 6-2, 6-4
2R d. Greer Stevens 6-4, 6-1
QF lost to Dianne Fromholtz Balestrat 6-2, 2-6, 6-1

Women's doubles (with Martina Navratilova):
?R d. Pam Shriver / Rosemary Casals 6-2, 6-1 (played October 3)
F d. Betty Stove / Wendy Turnbull 6-4, 7-6

Week of October 29, 1979
Stockholm Open (A), Royal Tennis Hall, Stockholm, Sweden
King was seeded [1]

1R d. Hana Strachonova 6-2, 6-1
2R d. Renee Blount 6-1, 6-2
QF d. Hana Mandlikova 6-4, 7-6
SF d. Virginia Ruzici [3] 4-6, 7-6, 6-2
F d. Betty Stove 6-3, 6-7(4), 7-5

Women's doubles (with Ilana Kloss):
SF d. Mima Jausovec / Regina Marsikova 6-1, 6-3
F lost to Betty Stove / Wendy Turnbull 7-5, 7-6

King needed 2 1/2 hours to defeat Virginia Ruzici in the semifinals. King also needed 2 1/2 hours to beat Betty Stöve in the final after Stöve lost her concentration and "wilted under the pressure" while serving for the match at 5–4 in the third set. This tournament was one of the 7 official championships recognized by the International Tennis Federation. The crowds according to King, however, "were as poor as when I first played here 10 years ago. In Europe, women's tennis is 10 years behind. I wonder if it will ever be like in America."

Week of November 5, 1979
Porsche Classic (AAA), Filderstadt Tennis Club, Stuttgart, West Germany
King was seeded [4]

1R d. Helena Anliot 6-3, 6-3
2R lost to Nina Bohm 3-6, 7-6, 6-2

Women's doubles (with Martina Navratilova):
SF d. Virginia Ruzici / Hana Mandlikova 6-3, 1-6, 6-2
F d. Betty Stove / Wendy Turnbull 6-3, 6-3

Week of November 19, 1979
Daihatsu Challenge (AAA), Brighton, United Kingdom

1R d. Pam Teeguarden 6-3, 6-2
2R d. Barbara Potter 6-2, 6-2
QF d. Glynis Coles 6-3, 6-1
SF lost to Martina Navratilova 7-5, 0-6, 7-6(3)

Women's doubles:
Did not play.

King led Martina Navratilova 6–5 in the third set but could not hold on.

Week of November 26, 1979
Toyota Classic (AAA), Kooyong Tennis Club, Melbourne, Australia
King was seeded [2]

1R d. Rayni Fox 6-1, 7-5
2R d. Pam Shriver 6-4, 2-6, 6-2
QF lost to Virginia Ruzici [8] 7-6, 6-0

Women's doubles (with Wendy Turnbull):
SF d. Sue Barker / Pam Shriver 2-6, 6-3, 6-2
F d. Dianne Fromholtz Balestrat / Anne Smith 6-3, 6-3

King trailed Rayni Fox 4-0 in the second set of their first round match before rallying.

Week of December 3, 1979
New South Wales Building Society Classic (AAA), White City, Sydney, Australia
King was seeded [2]

1R d. Bettina Bunge 7-5, 6-3
2R lost to Betty Ann Grubb Hansen Stuart Dent Grout 7-5, 6-4

Women's doubles (with Wendy Turnbull):
F d. Sue Barker / Pam Shriver 7-5, 6-4

King lost her second round match in 100 degree heat on a poor grass court with an uneven bounce. She also was unhappy with the umpiring, but said after the match, "The wind and heat and my elbow didn't bother me. She simply outplayed me." This defeat marked the end of her attempt to overtake Regina Marsikova for the eighth and final spot in the singles draw of the year-ending Colgate Series Championships. Marsikova had 615 points to King's 560.

Week of December 17, 1979
Emeron Cup, Tokyo

1R/SF lost to Tracy Austin 6-3, 2-6, 6-1
Third place match: King defeated Dianne Fromholtz Balestrat 7-6, 7-6

Women's doubles:
No results found.

Week of December 31, 1979
Colgate Series Championships, Capital Centre, Landover, Maryland
Indoor carpet

Women's doubles (with Martina Navratilova):
SF d. Ilana Kloss / Betty Ann Grubb Hansen Stuart Dent Grout 6-3, 6-2
F d. Rosemary Casals / Chris Evert 6-4, 6-3

Prominent women tennis players:
Billie Jean Moffitt King's playing career:

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