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1971 (age 27-28)

Listed below are 31 singles tournaments (17 of which she won), with a win-loss record of 112-13 (46-2 indoor, 22-5 grass, 24-5 clay, 14-1 hard). (The overall record agrees with the International Tennis Hall of Fame.) She also won 22 women's doubles titles, including Wimbledon.

Week of January 4, 1971
British Motor Car Invitational, Virginia Slims National Pro Circuit, Civic Auditorium, San Francisco
Indoor
King was seeded [1]

1R d. Esme Emanuel 6-2, 6-3
QF d. Francoise Durr 3-6, 7-5, 6-1
SF d. Ann Haydon Jones [4] 6-0, 6-0
F d. Rosemary Casals [2] 6-3, 6-4

Women's doubles (with Rosemary Casals):
1R d. Nancy Richey / Jane "Peaches" Bartkowicz 6-3, 6-4
SF d. Karen Krantzcke / Kerry Melville Reid 6-3, 6-4
F d. Francoise Durr / Ann Haydon Jones 6-4, 6-7, 6-1

Week of January 11, 1971
Billie Jean King Invitational, Virginia Slims National Pro Circuit, Billie Jean King Center & Long Beach City College Gym, Long Beach, California
Hard (outdoor) before the semifinals and indoor thereafter
King was seeded [1]

1R d. Francoise Durr 4-6, 7-6(5-4), 6-1
QF d. Stephanie DeFina Johnson Hagan 6-1, 6-4
SF d. Ann Haydon Jones 6-2, 6-0
F d. Rosemary Casals [2] 6-1, 6-2

Women's doubles (with Rosemary Casals):
1R advanced by walkover versus Darlene Hard / Betty Ann Grubb Hansen Stuart Dent Grout
SF d. Karen Krantzcke / Kerry Melville Reid 6-0, 6-3
F d. Francoise Durr / Ann Haydon Jones 7-5, 6-3

Week of January 18, 1971
Virginia Slims Professional Tennis Tournament, Brook Club, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Indoor
King was seeded [1]

1R advanced by walkover versus unknown opponent from Milwaukee
2R d. Kerry Melville Reid 6-1, 6-3
QF d. Mary Ann Eisel Curtis Beattie 6-3, 6-2
SF d. Ann Haydon Jones [3] 7-5, 6-3
F d. Rosemary Casals [2] 6-3, 6-2

Women's doubles (with Rosemary Casals):
1R d. Mary Ann Eisel Curtis Beattie / Valerie Ziegenfuss 6-3, 6-2
SF d. Karen Krantzcke / Kerry Melville Reid 6-1, 6-1
F d. Francoise Durr / Ann Haydon Jones 6-3, 1-6, 6-2

King won 4 of her first 5 service games at love during her semifinal with Ann Haydon Jones.

Week of January 25, 1971
Virginia Slims Invitational, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Indoor
King was seeded [1]

1R d. Valerie Ziegenfuss 6-2, 6-4
QF d. Kerry Melville Reid 6-7, 6-2, 6-4
SF d. Francoise Durr 6-2, 6-2
F d. Rosemary Casals 1-6, 7-6, 6-4

Women's doubles (with Rosemary Casals):
1R d. Kristy Pigeon Crawford / Denise Carter Triolo 6-2, 6-3
SF d. Esme Emanuel / Cecilia Martinez 6-4, 6-2
F d. Mary Ann Eisel Curtis Beattie / Valerie Ziegenfuss 6-7, 6-0, 7-5

Week of February 1, 1971
Virginia Slims Invitational, Sewanee and Chattanooga, Tennessee
Indoor
King was seeded [1]

1R d. Cecilia Martinez 6-2, 6-4
QF d. Jane "Peaches" Bartkowicz 3-6, 6-0, 6-1
SF d. Francoise Durr [4] 6-3, 6-2
F d. Ann Haydon Jones [3] 6-4, 6-1

Women's doubles (with Rosemary Casals):
1R/QF d. Tory Fretz / ________ Johnson 6-2, 6-3
SF d. Judy Tegart Dalton / Jane "Peaches" Bartkowicz 7-5, 7-5
F d. Francoise Durr / Ann Haydon Jones 6-4, 7-5

Week of February 8, 1971
Philadelphia International Tennis Championships (Virginia Slims), The Spectrum, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Indoor
King was seeded [1]

1R d. Mary Ann Eisel Curtis Beattie 6-3, 3-6, 6-2
QF d. Tory Fretz 6-1, 6-4
SF lost to Francoise Durr [4] 6-2, 5-7, 7-6

Women's doubles (with Rosemary Casals):
F d. ________ / ________

Week of February 15, 1971
WLOD International Tennis Championships (Virginia Slims), Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Clay
King was seeded [1]

1R d. Kristy Pigeon Crawford 6-3, 6-3
QF d. Judy Tegart Dalton 7-6, 6-3
SF d. Kerry Melville Reid 7-5, 6-4
F lost to Francoise Durr [4] 6-3, 3-6, 6-3

Women's doubles:
Not held.

Week of February 22, 1971
U.S. Indoor Championships (Virginia Slims), Winchester Indoor Lawn Tennis Center, Winchester, Massachusetts
Indoor
King was seeded [1 domestic]

1R d. Laurie Tenney 6-1, 6-2
QF d. Judy Tegart Dalton 6-0, 6-2
SF d. Ann Haydon Jones [2 foreign] 6-2, 6-2
F d. Rosemary Casals [2 domestic] 4-6, 6-2, 6-3

Women's doubles (with Rosemary Casals):
1R/QF d. Judy Tegart Dalton / Kerry Melville Reid 2-6, 7-6, 6-2
SF d. Mary Ann Eisel Curtis Beattie / Valerie Ziegenfuss 6-2, 7-5
F d. Francoise Durr / Ann Haydon Jones 6-4, 7-5



Week of March 15, 1971
K-Mart Invitational (Virginia Slims), Bloomfield Tennis House in Troy, Michigan & Oakland University Sports and Recreation Building, Rochester, Michigan
Indoor
King was seeded [1]

1R d. Karen Krantzcke 4-6, 6-4, 6-3
QF d. Valerie Ziegenfuss 6-3, 6-2
SF d. Ann Haydon Jones [4] 6-4, 4-6, 6-3
F d. Rosemary Casals [2] 3-6, 6-1, 6-2

Women's doubles (with Rosemary Casals):
1R d. Wendy Gilchrist Paish / Kristy Pigeon Crawford 6-4, 6-3
SF lost to Mary Ann Eisel Curtis Beattie / Valerie Ziegenfuss 7-6, 4-6, 6-3

Week of March 22, 1971
Virginia Slims Invitational, 34th Street Armory, New York City
Indoor
King was seeded [1]

1R d. Carole Caldwell Graebner 6-2, 6-3
QF d. Julie Heldman 6-2, 6-1
SF d. Ann Haydon Jones [3] 6-2, 7-6(5-0)
F lost to Rosemary Casals [2] 6-4, 6-4

Women's doubles:
Reported to have won the tournament, but no specific results found.

In their last career singles match, King defeated Carole Caldwell Graebner in the first round. Early in the final, King dumped four consecutive service returns into the net, a sure sign she had lost her form. Casals kept charging the net. "We really didn't have many rallies," said King. Near the end, the crowd of 1,300 wondered if Casals could finish it off. There was widespread belief that she pysched herself out in matches versus her good friend. Casals's take was, "I don't think I get pysched out against Billie Jean. I think people just forget that she's a tough tennis player." King suggested later that poor lighting and light balls affected her performance. "I've lost in 3 tournaments this year, and in all 3 tournaments, they've used lighter balls. I don't want to make any excuses though, because Rosie served very well. I just wasn't getting any balls back."

Week of March 29, 1971
Virginia Slims, Caribe Hilton, San Juan, Puerto Rico
Hard
King was seeded [1]

1R bye
2R Denise Carter Triolo advanced by walkover

Women's doubles:
No results found.

Week of April 5, 1971
Virginia Slims Masters, St. Petersburg, Florida
Clay
King was seeded [1]

1R d. Wendy Gilchrist Paish 6-2, 6-1
QF d. Karen Krantzcke 6-2, 7-6
SF lost to Chris Evert 6-7, 6-3, retired (leg cramps or the lingering effects of an abortion)



Women's doubles (with Rosemary Casals):
1R/QF advanced by walkover versus Wendy Gilchrist Paish / Kristy Pigeon Crawford
SF Judy Tegart Dalton / Julie Heldman advanced by walkover

Chris Evert forced King to run in their semifinal with more than 20-shot rallies, resulting in King getting leg cramps and defaulting at the start of the third set.

Week of April 12, 1971
World Championship (Virginia Slims), Caesars Palace, Las Vegas, Nevada
Hard
King was seeded [1]

1R d. Kristien Kemmer Shaw Ziska 6-1, 6-1
QF d. Nancy Richey 6-2, 2-6, 6-4
SF d. Julie Heldman 6-0, 6-2
F lost to Ann Haydon Jones [3] 7-5, 6-4

Women's doubles (with Rosemary Casals):
PR d. Kristien Kemmer Shaw / Patricia Ann Reese 6-3, 6-2
QF d. Tory Fretz / Wendy Gilchrist Paish 6-4, 6-2
SF d. Karen Krantzcke / Kerry Melville Reid 7-5, 6-2
F lost to Francoise Durr / Ann Haydon Jones 0-6, 6-2, 6-4

Week of April 19, 1971
Virginia Slims Invitational, Morley Field, San Diego, California
Indoor
King was seeded [1]

1R d. Janet Newberry 6-1, 7-5
QF d. Esme Emanuel 6-3, 6-4
SF d. Julie Heldman 6-3, 6-4
F d. Rosemary Casals [2] 4-6, 7-5, 6-1

Women's doubles (with Rosemary Casals):
1R/QF advanced by walkover versus Wendy Gilchrist Paish / Kristy Pigeon Crawford
SF d. Julie Heldman / Valerie Ziegenfuss 7-5, 6-1
F d. Francoise Durr / Judy Tegart Dalton 6-7, 6-2, 6-3

Rosemary Casals led 6-4, 4-0 when she lent King one of her racquets. "Mrs. King turned the match around after she changed from a wood to steel racquet."

Week of May 10, 1971
Bio-Strath London Hard Court Tennis Championships, Hurlingham, United Kingdom
Clay

1R d. Wendy Gilchrist Paish 6-1, 6-1
2R lost to Nell Truman 6-4, 6-2

Women's doubles (with Rosemary Casals):
F d. Margaret Smith Court / Evonne Goolagong Cawley 6-1, 6-4

Week of May 17, 1971
West German International Championships, Hamburg
Clay
King was seeded [1]

2R d. Marie Neumannova Pinterova 6-3, 6-0
QF d. Heidi Schildknecht Orth 6-1, 6-4
SF d. Helga Schultze Hösl Thaw 3-6, 6-3, 6-2
F d. Helga Niessen Masthoff [2] 6-3, 6-4

Women's doubles (with Rosemary Casals):
F d. Helga Niessen Masthoff / Heidi Schildknecht Orth 6-2, 6-1

Week of June 14, 1971
Rothman's Grass Court Championships, Queen's Club, London, United Kingdom
Indoor wood and outdoor grass

2R d. Lita Liem Sugiarto 6-0, 6-4 (wood)
QF d. Helen Gourlay Cawley 6-4, 6-3 (surface unknown)
SF d. Virginia Wade 6-3, 9-8 (wood)
F lost to Margaret Smith Court (grass) 6-3, 3-6, 6-3

Women's doubles (with Rosemary Casals):
F d. Mary Ann Eisel Curtis Beattie / Valerie Ziegenfuss 6-2, 8-6

Week of June 21, 1971
Wimbledon, All England Lawn Tennis & Croquet Club, London, United Kingdom
Grass
King was seeded [2]

1R bye
2R d. Wendy Gilchrist Paish 4-6, 6-1, 6-0
3R d. Daniele Bouteleux 6-2, 6-0
4R d. Christine Truman Janes 6-2, 7-5 http://www.itnsource.com/shotlist//I...25/FS250671001
QF d. Francoise Durr [7] 2-6, 6-2, 6-2
SF lost to Evonne Goolagong Cawley [3] 6-4, 6-4





Women's doubles (with Rosemary Casals) (seeded [1]):
1R bye
2R d. Veronica Burton / Jackie Fayter 6-1, 6-2
3R d. Kristien Kemmer Shaw Ziska / Patricia Ann Reese 6-0, 6-3
QF d. Lany Kaligis / Lita Liem Sugiarto 6-1, 6-3
SF d. Gail Sherriff Chanfreau Lovera / Francoise Durr [4] 4-6, 6-4, 6-4
F d. Margaret Smith Court / Evonne Goolagong Cawley [2] 6-3, 6-2





Mixed doubles (with Owen Davidson) (seeded [3]):
1R bye
2R d. ________ Elliott / Gail (?) Hansen 6-3, 6-4
3R d. Robert Howe / Virginia Wade 6-1, 6-1
4R d. John McDonald / Patti Hogan Fordyce 6-4, 6-2
QF d. Robert Maud / Betty Stove 9-8, 9-7
SF d. Ilie Nastase / Rosemary Casals [2] 6-4, 6-1
F d. Marty Riessen / Margaret Smith Court [1] 3-6, 6-2, 15-13

Week of July 12, 1971
Rothman's North of England Tennis Championships, Hoylake, United Kingdom
Grass

1R d. Jenny Helliar 6-4, 6-2
2R d. Patricia Ann Reese 6-4, 6-2
QF d. Virginia Wade 13-11, 6-4
SF d. Margaret Smith Court 6-2, 7-5
F d. Rosemary Casals 6-3, 6-3

Women's doubles (with Rosemary Casals):
F won the title by walkover versus Margaret Smith Court / Evonne Goolagong Cawley

"Billie Jean King, as usual, beat her doubles partner Rosie Casals [in an hour] ... to win the Rothmans Hoylake Open at West Kirby. Billie-Jean and Rosie are now so familiar with each other's games that the chances of getting a close match between them are slender."



Week of July 19, 1971
Austrian International Championships, Kitzbuhel
Clay
King was seeded [1]

1R d. Isabel Fernandez 6-3, 6-1
QF d. Heidi Schildknecht Orth 6-4, 7-6
SF d. Helga Schultze Hösl Thaw 7-6, 6-2
F d. Laura Rossouw 6-2, 4-6, 7-5

Women's doubles (with Rosemary Casals):
F d. Helga Niessen Masthoff / Heidi Schildknecht Orth 6-2, 6-4

Week of July 26, 1971
Ford Capri Women's Open, Venice, Italy
Clay
King was seeded [1]

2R d. Lita Liem Sugiarto 7-6, 6-4
QF d. Lucia Bassi 6-3, 6-2
SF lost to Helga Niessen Masthoff [4] 2-6, 6-4, 7-6

Women's doubles (with Judy Tegart Dalton):
F d. Francoise Durr / Gail Sherriff Chanfreau Lovera 3-6, 6-4, 6-4

Week of August 2, 1971
Virginia Slims International, Hofheinz Pavilion, Houston, Texas
Indoor
King was seeded [1]

2R d. Nell Truman 6-3, 6-3
QF d. Mary Ann Eisel Curtis Beattie 7-6, 6-2
SF d. Nancy Richey [4] 7-5, 6-1
F d. Kerry Melville Reid [7] 6-4, 4-6, 6-1

Women's doubles (with Rosemary Casals):
F d. Francoise Durr / Judy Tegart Dalton 6-3, 1-6, 6-2

On August 3, King lost an exhibition match to Jim Rombeau 9-8 (5-1) at Hofheinz Pavilion. "Mrs. King won the opening game against Rombeau, a tennis teacher pro who won a tournament among several men players to determine who would play her. Rombeau recovered and broke Mrs. King's service in the third game. But he had trouble with his serve, too, and from the 6th through eleventh games neither could win his or her service. Rombeau finally won it on the sixth point of a nine-point tiebreaker. He collected $500 for his efforts despite serving 15 double faults." "Bille Jean's Game Sharp for Netfest," The Press-Courier, Oxnard, California, August 4, 1971, page 45. Years later, Rombeau won the USTA Grass Court Championships (45 and over) in 1999, the USTA Hard Court Championships (45 and over) in 1997, and the USTA Hard Court Championships (50 and over) in 1999. He also won a few seniors USTA national championships in doubles. He retired as the head pro at the Houston Country Club. Two years after the match, Rombeau said, "We hadn't seen each other in years. And as we were walking down the ramp to play, the first thing she said to me was, 'Oh, hi Jim. I haven't seen you since you were my ball boy.'" http://news.google.com/newspapers?id...+rombeau&hl=en

Week of August 9, 1971
U.S. Women's Clay Court Championships, Woodstock Country Club, Indianapolis, Indiana
Clay
King was seeded [1]

1R bye
2R d. Tina Watanabe 6-1, 6-2
3R d. Natalie Fuchs 6-1, 6-0
QF d. Julie Heldman 6-3, 6-2
SF d. Helen Gourlay Cawley [4] 6-0, 6-2
F d. Linda Tuero [2] 6-4, 7-5



Women's doubles (with Judy Tegart Dalton):
F d. Julie Heldman / Linda Tuero 6-1, 6-2

Week of August 16, 1971
Virginia Slims Clay Court Championship, Bath and Tennis Club, Lake Bluff, Illinois
Clay
King was seeded [1]

1R d. Kerry Harris 6-1, 6-1
QF d. Lesley Hunt 7-6, 6-2
SF d. Nancy Richey [4] 7-6(7), 7-6
F lost to Francoise Durr [3] 6-4, 6-2

Women's doubles (with Rosemary Casals):
F lost to Francoise Durr / Judy Tegart Dalton 6-4, 7-6

Week of August 23, 1971
Virginia Slims Grass Court Championship, Newport Casino, Newport, Rhode Island and Agawam Hunt Club, East Providence, Rhode Island
Grass (Newport Casino) and indoor wood (Agawam Hunt Club)
King was seeded [1]

1R d. Cecilia Martinez (grass) 6-2, 6-1
2R d. Jill Cooper (grass) 6-2, 6-7, 6-3
QF d. Christina Sandberg (indoor wood) 6-3, 6-3
SF lost to Kerry Melville Reid (grass) 6-4, 6-3

Women's doubles:
No results found.

The following picture was taken sometime during the tournament.



Week of August 30, 1971
US Open, West Side Tennis Club, New York City
Grass
King was seeded [1]

1R d. Jeanne Arth 6-0, 6-1



2R d. Helen Gourlay Cawley 6-1, 6-2
3R d. Linda Tuero 6-0, 6-2
QF d. Laura DuPont 6-3, 7-5



SF d. Chris Evert 6-3, 6-2


Chatting before the match.





F d. Rosemary Casals [2] 6-4, 7-6(5-2) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XhwlK6hdzUM









Women's doubles:
Did not play.

Mixed doubles (with Owen Davidson) (seeded [1]):
1R bye
2R d. ________ Mulloy / ________ Smith 6-1, 6-4
3R advanced by walkover versus ________ Vasquez / Racquel Giscafre
QF d. ________ Richardson / Jeanne Arth 6-1, 6-3
SF d. Frew McMillan / Judy Tegart Dalton [3] 6-3, 2-6, 6-2
F d. Robert Maud / Betty Stove 6-3, 7-5

Week of September 13, 1971
Virginia Slims Invitational, Louisville, Kentucky
Surface unknown
King was seeded [1]

1R d. Sally Holdsworth 6-0, 6-1
2R d. Wendy Overton 6-4, 6-4
QF d. Lita Liem Sugiarto 6-2, 6-3
SF d. Kerry Melville Reid [4] 6-4, 6-2
F d. Rosemary Casals [3] 6-1, 4-6, 6-3

Women's doubles:
No results found.

Week of September 20, 1971
Pepsi Pacific Southwest Open, Los Angeles
Hard
King was seeded [1]

1R d. Nancy Ornstein 6-2, 6-2
2R d. Betty Ann Grubb Hansen Stuart Dent Grout 6-1, 7-6
QF d. Wendy Overton 6-3, 6-3
SF d. Kerry Melville Reid 6-2, 7-6
F double default by King and Rosemary Casals at 6-6(0-2) in the first set

Women's doubles (with Rosemary Casals):
F d. Francoise Durr / Judy Tegart Dalton 6-3, 6-2

The Pacific Southwest Open's low prize money for women in 1970 (12-1 in favor of the men) was the spark that started the Virginia Slims circuit. Jack Kramer had tried and failed to get all the women banned. This history came into play in the final, where King and Casals put up with numerous bad calls, from one lineswoman in particular. King demanded the lineswoman be removed. The umpire said she would do so when Jack Kramer (commentating on television up in the booth) sent her a note saying the lineswoman stayed. King picked up her racquets and walked off court. Rather than be declared the winner, Casals followed. The United States Tennis Association eventually fined King and Casals $2,500 each for the double default. This infamous episode remains the only double default in tennis history after both sides have taken the court. Casals and King got a lot of press - most of it bad - and this tournament was never again a major event for women.

Week of September 27, 1971
Virginia Slims Thunderbird Invitational, Phoenix, Arizona
Hard
King was seeded [1]

1R d. Betty Ann Grubb Hansen Stuart Dent Grout 6-2, 6-2
2R d. Lita Liem Sugiarto 6-0, 6-1
QF d. Wendy Overton 6-2, 6-1
SF d. Kerry Melville Reid 6-4, 7-5
F d. Rosemary Casals [2] 7-5, 6-1

Women's doubles (with Rosemary Casals):
1R d. Vicky Berner / Mona Schallau Guerrant 6-2, 3-6, 6-1
QF d. Nancy Richey / Lesley Hunt 4-6, 6-0, 6-1
SF d. Helen Gourlay Cawley / Kerry Harris 6-1, 6-2
F d. Francoise Durr / Judy Tegart Dalton 6-3, 6-2

King became the first woman to win 100,000 USD in a year. The crowd gave her a 10 minute ovation as King and Casals poured champagne on each other in celebration.

Week of October 23, 1971
Embassy Indoor Tennis Championships, Wembley Arena, London, United Kingdom
Indoor

1R d. Shirley Bloomer Brasher 6-4, 6-1
QF d. Patti Hogan Fordyce 6-3, 6-0
SF d. Rosemary Casals 6-1, 6-2
F d. Francoise Durr 6-1, 5-7, 7-5

In the final, Francoise Durr trailed 6-1, 5-2 (40-0) before storming back. She even had a match point at 5-3 in the final set. King, "aggression personified," pounced on Durr's weak serve to save the match, with the air subsequently going out of Durr. The venue was cavernous Wembley Stadium. Crowds were nonexistent except the last two days.

Week of November 29, 1971
Benson & Hedges International, Christchurch, New Zealand
Grass
King was seeded [1]

1R d. Cherry Armitage 6-0, 6-1
QF d. Kristien Kemmer Shaw Ziska 6-1, 6-4
SF d. Kerry Melville Reid 6-2, 6-4
F lost to Francoise Durr 6-3, 6-0

Women's doubles (with Rosemary Casals):
F d. Francoise Durr / Judy Tegart Dalton 6-3, 9-8

Week of December 6, 1971
New Zealand Open, Auckland
Grass
King was seeded [1]

1R d. Patricia Hern 6-4, 6-2
2R d. Kristien Kemmer Shaw Ziska 6-2, 6-4
SF lost to Kerry Melville Reid 6-2, 5-7, retired (knee injury)

Women's doubles (with Rosemary Casals):
F d. Judy Tegart Dalton / Francoise Durr 7-6, 4-6, 7-5
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