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Old Feb 5th, 2012, 05:19 AM   #19
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1974 (age 30)

Listed below are 14 singles tournaments (6 of which she won), with a win-loss record of 53-8 (34-3 indoor, 7-2 hard, 3-2 clay, 9-1 grass). (Her win-loss record does not include any third place matches.) She was 37-4 in women's doubles, winning 8 of the 12 tournaments she played, including the US Open and the Virginia Slims Championships.

Week of December 31 (1973)
Spalding International Mixed Doubles Championship, Moody Auditorium, Southern Methodist University, Dallas, Texas

Played with Owen Davidson (seeded [1])

1R/QF d. Cliff Drysdale / Francoise Durr 6-2, 3-6, 7-6
SF d. Roy Emerson / Wendy Overton 6-3, 6-2
F d. Marty Riessen / Rosemary Casals [2] 6-2, 4-6, 6-3, 6-4



The other teams were Rod Laver & Lesley Hunt, Cliff Richey & Nancy Richey, Roger Taylor & Valerie Ziegenfuss, and Frank Froehling & Kristien Kemmer Shaw Ziska.

Week of January 14
Virginia Slims, Civic Auditorium, San Francisco, California

Indoor
King was seeded [2]

1R d. Mima Jausovec 7-6, 6-3
2R d. Betty Stove 6-1, 6-0
QF d. Wendy Overton 6-4, 6-1
SF d. Nancy Richey [4] 6-1, 6-3
F d. Chris Evert [1] 7-6(5-2), 6-2



Women's doubles (with Chris Evert) (seeded [1]):
1R/QF d. Karen Krantzcke / Wendy Overton 6-3, 6-0



SF d. Rosemary Casals / Nancy Richey 6-4, 6-2
F d. Francoise Durr / Betty Stove [2] 6-4, 6-2

Chris Evert won the first 2 points of the first set tiebreaker in the final before losing the last 5 points of the set. A capacity crowd of 6,500 watched the final, with 2,000 fans being turned away.

Week of January 21
Virginia Slims, Marguerite Recreation Center, Mission Viejo, California

Hard
King was seeded [2]

1R d. Robin Tenney 6-3, 7-5
2R d. Glynis Coles 6-1, 6-2
QF d. Kristien Kemmer Shaw Ziska [7] 6-4, 7-5
SF d. Nancy Richey [4] 3-6, 6-3, 7-5
F lost to Chris Evert [1] 6-3, 6-1

Women's doubles (with Chris Evert) (seeded [1]):
1R d. Marcie Louie / Marita Redondo 6-3, 6-1
QF d. Betty Ann Grubb Hansen Stuart Dent Grout / Pam Teeguarden 6-3, 6-3
SF d. Valerie Ziegenfuss / Kristien Kemmer Shaw Ziska 2-6, 6-3, 6-3
F lost to Kerry Harris / Lesley Hunt 7-5, 6-4

Nancy Richey played flawlessly to win the first 5 games of her semifinal with King. King won the next 3 games before losing the last game of the first set. The second set was tied 3-3 before King won the last 3 games of the set. Richey was heartbroken after the match and refused to attend the mandatory press conference. King said, "I really didn't deserve to win today because Nancy played better than I." Chris Evert said after the final, "I think it was more of what Billie Jean did than what I did that made the difference. She made several mistakes this time that she didn't up north [in San Francisco]." Evert and King held their serves until Evert broke to take a 4-2 lead in the first set. King broke to pull within 4-3 before Evert broke again and held serve to win the set. Evert broke King's serve 3 consecutive times in the second set to take an insurmoutable 4-1 lead.

Week of January 28
Virginia Slims of Washington, George Mason University Fieldhouse, Fairfax, Virginia

Indoor
King was seeded [1]

1R d. Kerry Harris 6-0, 4-6, 6-3
2R d. Laurie Fleming 6-0, 7-5
QF d. Kathy Kuykendall 6-1, 6-0
SF d. Rosemary Casals [4] 5-7, 6-2, 6-0
F d. Kerry Melville Reid [2] 6-0, 6-2

Women's doubles (with Betty Stove) (seeded [1]):
1R d. Laurie Fleming / Kathy Kuykendall 6-3, 6-0
QF d. Martina Navratilova / Renata Tomanova 6-3, 6-4
SF d. Patti Hogan Fordyce / Sharon Walsh Pete 6-2, 7-5
F d. Francoise Durr / Kerry Harris [3] 6-1, 6-7, 6-4

King attacked in the final to devastating effect. "I played one of the best matches of my life," she said afterwards. King had one of the better weeks of her tennis life. All five matches she played included a 6-0 set.

Week of February 18
Virginia Slims, Detroit, Michigan

Indoor
King was seeded [1]

1R d. Trish Faulkner 6-0, 6-2
2R d. Sharon Walsh Pete 6-3, 6-1
QF d. Lesley Hunt 6-2, 2-6, 6-1
SF d. Francoise Durr [4] 6-3, 3-6, 6-0
F d. Rosemary Casals [2] 6-1, 6-1

Women's doubles (with Rosemary Casals) (seeded [2]):
1R d. Patty Shoolman / Sue Stap 6-1, 6-1
2R d. Laura DuPont / Terry Holladay 6-0, 6-4
SF d. Lesley Hunt / Janet Newberry [3] 6-3, 7-6
F d. Francoise Durr / Betty Stove [1] 2-6, 6-4, 7-5

9,123 spectators witnessed the final, a record for the Virginia Slims tour.

Week of February 25
Virginia Slims, Lakeshore Racquet Club, Chicago, Illinois

Indoor
King was seeded [1]

1R d. Jane "Peaches" Bartkowicz 7-5, 6-1
2R d. Sharon Walsh Pete 6-1, 6-2
QF d. Laura duPont [8] 6-3, 6-2
SF lost to Virginia Wade [4] 6-3, 7-6(5-2)

Women's doubles (with Chris Evert) (seeded [1]):
1R d. Pat Bostrom / Ann Kiyomura 7-5, 4-6, 7-6
QF d. Jane "Peaches" Bartkowicz / Kristy Pigeon Crawford 6-3, 7-5
SF d. Martina Navratilova / Isabel Fernandez 7-6, 6-4
F d. Francoise Durr / Betty Stove [2] 3-6, 6-4, 6-4

Week of March 18
Virginia Slims, University of Akron Memorial Hall, Akron, Ohio

Indoor
King was seeded [1]

1R d. Cecilia Martinez 7-5, 6-2
2R d. Donna Ganz 6-4, 6-4
QF d. Julie Heldman [8] 6-3, 7-5
SF d. Olga Morozova 6-1, 6-3
F d. Nancy Richey [3] 6-3, 7-5



Women's doubles (with Rosemary Casals) (seeded [1]):
1R d. Marcia Louie / Cecilia Martinez 6-2, 6-1
QF d. Elly Appel / Virginia Ruzici 6-1, 6-3
SF d. Janet Newberry / Sharon Walsh Pete [4] 7-6, 6-2
F d. Julie Heldman / Olga Morozova 6-2, 6-4

Week of March 25
S&H U.S. Indoor Championships, Felt Forum at the Madison Square Garden, New York City

Indoor
King was seeded [1]

1R d. Renata Tomanova 6-1, 6-1
2R d. Pam Teeguarden 6-0, 6-2
QF d. Julie Heldman [8] 6-1, 6-4
SF d. Rosemary Casals [4] 6-3, 5-7, 6-3
F d. Chris Evert [2] 6-3, 3-6, 6-2



King jumped to a 4-1 lead in the first set against Chris Evert. Evert did the same in the second set. King took the first 3 games of the final set before Evert drew to within 3-2. King then won the last 3 games of the match. A capacity crowd of 4,428 witnessed the final.

No doubles event was held because the low ceiling of the Felt Forum made lobbing difficult.

Week of April 22
Virginia Slims, The Palestra, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Indoor
King was seeded [1]

1R d. Dianne Fromholtz Balestrat 6-4, 6-3
2R d. Karen Krantzcke 6-2, 6-3
QF d. Janet Newberry 7-5, 6-0
SF d. Virginia Wade [5] 7-5, 6-4
F lost to Olga Morozova [7] 7-6(5-2), 6-1

Women's doubles (with Rosemary Casals) (seeded [1]):
1R d. Tory Fretz / Sally Greer 4-6, 6-2, 6-1
QF d. Dianne Fromholtz Balestrat / Janet Newberry 6-0, 6-2
SF d. Virginia Wade / Karen Krantzcke [4] 1-6, 6-3, 6-2
F d. Kerry Harris / Lesley Hunt 6-3, 7-6

King said after losing the singles final, "I better get my act together. I never ran for one ball. I was totally out of shape after 3 weeks off."

Week of June 24
Wimbledon, All England Lawn Tennis & Croquet Club, London, United Kingdom

Grass
King was seeded [1]

1R bye
2R d. Kathy May Teacher 6-1, 6-1
3R d. Francoise Durr 6-1, 7-5



4R d. Lesley Charles 6-3, 6-0
QF lost to Olga Morozova [8] 7-5, 6-2





Women's doubles (with Rosemary Casals) (seeded [1]):
1R bye
2R d. Sue Barker / Glynnis Coles 1-6, 6-3, 6-0
3R d. Gail Sherriff Chanfreau Lovera / Maria-Teresa Nasuelli 6-2, 6-3
QF lost to Helen Gourlay Cawley / Karen Krantzcke 6-3, 3-6, 6-4

Mixed doubles (with Owen Davidson) (seeded [1]):
1R bye
2R d. Ion Tiriac / Pat Bostrom 6-3, 9-7
3R d. Rolf Thung / Tine Zwaan 6-0, 6-2
4R d. Steve Tidball / ________ Christenson 6-2, 6-2
QF d. ________ Ramirez / ________ Hagey 6-1, 6-4
SF d. Tony Roche / Francoise Durr 3-6, 6-3, 6-4
F d. Mark Farrell / Lesley Charles 6-3, 9-7

King's temper, serve, and volley failed her as she lost to Olga Morozova in the quarterfinals. King was flat. "I never felt like I was in the match. I never remember my first service being so bad." This was the first time since 1962 that King failed to reach the semifinals at this event.

The following picture was taken sometime during this tournament.



Week of August 26
US Open, West Side Tennis Club, New York City

Grass
King was seeded [2]

1R d. Isabel Fernandez 6-2, 6-2
2R d. Sharon Walsh Pete 6-0, 6-1



3R d. Betsy Nagelsen McCormack 6-4, 6-2
QF d. Rosemary Casals [6] 6-1, 7-6(5-2)
SF d. Julie Heldman 2-6, 6-3, 6-1
F d. Evonne Goolagong Cawley [5] 3-6, 6-3, 7-5

Evonne Goolagong Cawley led 3-0 in the final set. King then tied the set at 3-3. At 4-4, King broke serve and then served for the match at 5-4. The Australian broke for 5-5 but then lost the last 2 games, hitting a forehand long on match point. Commenting on the stress of the match, King said, "I was afraid until the last point I might blow it. I was in a daze during the last set. I was really lucky."











Women's doubles (with Rosemary Casals) (seeded [2]):
1R d. Lindsey Beaven / ________ Blachford 6-1, 6-1
2R d. Virginia Ruzici / Mariana Simionescu 6-1, 6-3
QF d. Pat Bostrom / Wendy Overton 6-4, 6-4



SF d. Virginia Wade / Lesley Hunt 6-1, 5-7, 6-1
F d. Francoise Durr / Betty Stove [3] 7-6, 6-7, 6-4



Mixed doubles (with Owen Davidson) (seeded [1]):
1R d. H.______ Irvine / Helen Gourlay Cawley 6-7, 6-4, 6-3
2R d. Mike Estep / Martina Navratilova 6-3, 6-7, 6-4
QF d. Richard Stockton / Donna (?) Stockton 7-5, 4-6, 6-4
SF lost to Geoff Masters / Pam Teeguarden 7-6, 6-4

Week of September 16
Barnett Banks Classic (Virginia Slims), Orlando Racquet Club, Orlando, Florida

Clay
King was seeded [1]

1R d. Ann Kiyomura 6-2, 4-6, 6-0
2R d. Ingrid Bentzer 6-0, 6-0
QF d. Marcie Louie [8] 6-2, 6-2
SF lost to Julie Heldman [4] 2-6, 6-1, 6-4
Third place match: d. Francoise Durr 6-1 (pro set)

Women's doubles (with Rosemary Casals) (seeded [1]):
1R bye
QF d. Mona Schallau Guerrant / Rayni Fox 6-2, 6-3
SF d. Laurie Tenney / Robin Tenney 6-3, 6-1
F lost to Francoise Durr / Betty Stove [2] 6-3, 6-7, 6-4

Week of October 7
Virginia Slims Phoenix Thunderbird, Phoenix Tennis Center, Phoenix, Arizona

Hard
King was seeded [1]

1R d. Pat Bostrom 6-3, 6-2
2R d. Kristy Pigeon Crawford 6-0, 6-3
QF d. Tory Fretz 6-3, 6-2
SF lost to Virginia Wade [4] 7-5, 6-1
Third place match: lost to Betty Stove (pro set, exact score unknown)

Women's doubles (with Betsy Nagelsen) (seeded [2]):
1R bye
2R lost to Mona Schallau Guerrant / Pam Teeguarden 6-3, 6-3

Week of October 14
Virginia Slims Championships, Los Angeles Sports Arena, Los Angeles

Indoor
King was seeded [2]

1R d. Betty Stove 6-4, 6-2
QF d. Helen Gourlay Cawley 6-1, 6-2
SF lost to Evonne Goolagong Cawley [3] 6-2, 4-6, 6-3

Women's doubles (with Rosemary Casals) (seeded [1]):
1R/SF d. Kristien Kemmer Shaw Ziska / Valerie Ziegenfuss 6-2, 6-4
F d. Francoise Durr / Betty Stove [2] 6-1, 6-7(2-5), 7-5

Week of October 28
World Invitational, Sea Pines Racquet Club, Hilton Head, South Carolina

Clay

1R/SF lost to Virginia Wade 6-3, 1-6, 6-4

Women's doubles (with Rosemary Casals):
1R/F lost to Evonne Goolagong Cawley / Virginia Wade 3-6, 6-4, 6-3

Mixed doubles (with Stan Smith):
SF d. Bjorn Borg / Virginia Wade 6-3, 6-3
F d. Rod Laver / Evonne Goolagong Cawley 3-6, 7-5, 6-3

King was the overall winner with a 2-2 win-loss record, the same as Stan Smith, but she had a better set record.
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