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1978 (age 34)

Listed below are 10 tournaments (none of which she won), with a win-loss record of 25-10 (17-8 indoor, 8-2 grass). (Her win-loss record does not include any third place matches.) She won 10 women's doubles titles, including the US Open.

Week of January 2, 1978
Virginia Slims, Washington, D.C.

Indoor
King was seeded [2]

1R lost to Regina Marsikova 1-6, 6-3, 6-3

Women's doubles (with Martina Navratilova):
F d. Betty Stove / Wendy Turnbull 6-3, 7-5

Week of January 16, 1978
Virginia Slims, Houston, Texas
Indoor
King was seeded [2]

1R advanced by walkover versus Lesley Hunt
2R d. Anne Smith 6-2, 6-2
QF d. Wendy Turnbull [8] 6-4, 6-2
SF d. Virginia Wade 7-6(5-1), 6-2
F lost to Martina Navratilova [1] 1-6, 6-2, 6-2



Women's doubles (with Martina Navratilova):
F d. Mona Schallau Guerrant / Greer Stevens 7-6, 4-6, 7-6

King had defeated Martina Navratilova 4 consecutive times before losing the final. King broke Navratilova in the second and fourth games and saved a break point in the fifth game of the first set. Navratilova broke King in the third game of the second set. She broke King again at love to take the set. King lost her service in the fourth game of the final set. Trailing 4-2 with Navratilova serving, King forced three deuces before the Czech hit 2 passing shots to win the game. King said, "I didn't take advantage of any of the points I had to win. You have only so many moments in a match and both players know when they are. If you don't execute on those points, you lose."

Week of January 23, 1978
Virginia Slims, Los Angeles Sports Arena, Los Angeles, California
Indoor
King was seeded [1]

1R lost to Marise Kruger 6-7, 5-4 retired (right hamstring injury)

Women's doubles (with Martina Navratilova) (seeded [1]):
1R Greer Stevens / Pam Teeguarden advanced by walkover (King's right hamstring injury)

In a press conference before the singles semifinals, King apologized to the public for retiring from her first round match with Marise Kruger. "I did not have my heart and spirit in the match. Because I didn't give 100 percent, I owe the fans an apology. They pay to see us at our very best and I was unable to give them that this week. I just can't get up mentally for a match. When you have been sick for a long period of time you recognize an injury and I don't want to be sick anymore, so I want to heal these injuries quickly. I allowed a heckler to distract and hurt me.... That's my problem, not the spectators' problem. So for now, I'm going to take some time off until I feel I can deliver physically and mentally."



Week of February 20, 1978
Virginia Slims, Cobo Hall, Detroit, Michigan
Indoor
King was [unseeded]

1R d. Kathy Harter Marcus Shubin 6-3, 6-4
2R d. Wendy Turnbull 6-4, 6-3
QF d. Sharon Walsh Pete 6-1, 6-3
SF lost to Dianne Fromholtz Balestrat [7] 6-3, 0-6, 7-5
Third place match: King prevailed over Virginia Wade by walkover

Women's doubles (with Martina Navratilova):
F d. Wendy Turnbull / Kerry Melville Reid 6-3, 6-4

Week of February 27, 1978
Virginia Slims, Kansas City, Missouri
Indoor
King was [unseeded]

1R d. Dianne Fromholtz Balestrat [7] 6-2, 6-2
2R d. Beth Norton 6-2, 6-4
QF d. Evonne Goolagong Cawley [2] 6-2, 6-3
SF d. Wendy Turnbull [4] 6-3, 6-1
F lost to Martina Navratilova [1] 7-5, 2-6, 6-3

Women's doubles (with Martina Navratilova):
F d. Wendy Turnbull / Kerry Melville Reid 6-4, 6-4

After losing the final to Martina Navratilova, King said, "I think it's going to take an exceptional game to beat her. It'll take somebody playing great - and maybe Martina won't have a great day." King won 5 consecutive games to win the second set and broke Navratilova to open the third set. But Navratilova broke back in the next game. They exchanged service breaks in the third and fourth games before Navratilova broke again to take a 4-2 lead.

Week of March 13, 1978
Virginia Slims, Walter Brown Arena, Boston University, Boston, Massachusetts
Indoor
King was seeded [4]

1R d. Regina Marsikova 6-3, 6-4
2R d. Virginia Ruzici 6-3, 6-1
QF d. Marita Redondo 6-1, 7-6(5-2)
SF lost to Chris Evert [2] 6-3, 6-2
Third place: King defeated Martina Navratilova [1] 6-4 (one set only)

Women's doubles (with Martina Navratilova):
F d. Evonne Goolagong Cawley / Betty Stove 6-3, 6-2

Week of March 20, 1978
Virginia Slims, The Palestra, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Indoor
King was seeded [6]

1R d. Florenta Mihai 6-4, 6-3
2R d. Renata Tomanova 6-1, 6-3
QF d. Betty Stove [3] 6-1, 6-3
SF d. Virginia Ruzici 6-1, 6-2
F lost to Chris Evert [1] 6-0, 6-4

Chris Evert broke King's serve in the 18-point opening game of the match. Evert said, "The first game was very crucial because as soon as I broke her service, I was confident I could win my serve." King said, "The first game meant a lot. I could hold a press conference and write a textbook on that. Chris is tough and is not going to give you anything." Evert won the first set on her second set point when she hit a forehand, down-the-line passing shot. The second set included numerous lengthy points. Evert broke King in the fifth game to lead 3-2, thanks to 4 errors by King, and held serve the rest of the way.

Week of March 27, 1978
Virginia Slims Championships, Oakland Coliseum Arena, Oakland, California
Indoor

1RR lost to Virginia Wade 1-6, 6-2, 6-4
2RR Evonne Goolagong Cawley advanced by walkover (leg injury)
3RR Rosemary Casals advanced by walkover (leg injury)

Week of April 3, 1978
Bridgestone World Doubles Championships, Salt Palace, Salt Lake City, Utah
Played with Martina Navratilova (seeded [1])

QF/1R d. Greer Stevens / Mona Schallau Guerrant 6-3, 6-3
SF d. Evonne Goolagong Cawley / Betty Stove [3] 4-6, 6-3, 6-4
F d. Virginia Wade / Francoise Durr 6-4, 6-4

King and Martina Navratilova won 15 of the last 16 points of the semifinal after trailing 2-4 in the final set. King and Navratilova took advantage of poor serving by Francoise Durr, who was broken 3 times out of 5 service games, to win the final. Durr said after the match that she was intimidated by King and Navratilova. King and Navratilova won all 6 tournaments they played as a team this year on the Virginia Slims tour, which ended with this tournament.

Week of April 10, 1978
Family Circle Cup, Hilton Head, South Carolina
Clay

Women's doubles (with Martina Navratilova):
F d. Mona Schallau Guerrant / Greer Stevens 6-3, 7-5

Week of June 19, 1978
Colgate Eastbourne International, Eastbourne, United Kingdom
Grass
King was seeded [?]

1R d. Mona Schallau Guerrant 7-6, 6-1
2R d. Renata Tomanova 6-1, 6-2
3R d. Elisabeth Ekblom 4-6, 6-1, 6-1
QF d. Betty Stove [?] 6-4, 6-4
SF lost to Martina Navratilova [2] 6-4, 6-2

Women's doubles (with Martina Navratilova):
F lost to Chris Evert / Betty Stove 6-4, 6-7, 7-5

King "lacked speed and her usual volleying authority" while losing her semifinal with Martina Navratilova.

Week of June 26, 1978
Wimbledon, All England Lawn Tennis & Croquet Club, London, United Kingdom
Grass
King was seeded [5]

1R d. Michele Gurdal 6-0, 6-2
2R d. Marie Neumannova Pinterova 6-3, 6-2
3R d. Renata Tomanova 4-6, 6-3, 6-3
4R d. Sue Barker [14] 6-2, 6-2
QF lost to Chris Evert [1] 6-3, 3-6, 6-2

Women's doubles (with Martina Navratilova) (seeded [1]):
1R bye
2R d. Lele Forood / Racquel Giscafre 3-6, 6-4, 6-3
3R d. Lea Antonoplis / Diane Evers 6-1, 6-4
QF lost to Sue Barker / Mona Schallau Guerrant [6] 6-3, 4-6, 6-4

Mixed doubles (with Ray Ruffels) (seeded [2]):
1R bye
2R d. John Feaver / A. Coe 6-1, 6-3
3R d. Kim Warwick / Mima Jausovec 6-4, 6-2
QF d. David Lloyd / Lesley Charles 6-4, 6-2
SF d. Alan Stone / Dianne Fromholtz Balestrat 6-3, 6-4
F lost to Frew McMillan / Betty Stove [1] 6-2, 6-2

Sue Barker's forehand, her only real weapon, was erratic, and King defeated her easily in the fourth round before a shivering crowd on Centre Court. As before her fourth round match, King needed a shot of novocaine before her quarterfinal match with Chris Evert because of a painful heel spur in her left foot. But she lost the match anyway, the second consecutive year she had lost to Evert in the quarterfinals. The match was on-serve in the third set with King serving at 2–3 (40–0) before Evert won five consecutive points to break serve. King won a total of only two points during the last two games. King said after the match, "That 40-0 game was the cruncher. I tried a stupid drop shot at 40-30. If I had won that game, it might have been different. I don't think my mobility is very good and that's what I need to beat her. Physically, she [Evert] tears your guts apart unless you can stay with her. I'm really disappointed. I really wanted to play well. I just couldn't cut it because of my heel." Evert said that as she and King were walking off the court, King said, "You've got to play better if you hope to win tomorrow [against Virginia Wade]."

Week of August 21
, 1978
US Open, USTA National Tennis Center, New York City
Hard

Singles:
Did not play.

Women's doubles (with Martina Navratilova) (seeded [1]):
1R d. Jeanne Evert / Kathy Kuykendall 6-1, 6-0
2R d. Wendy Overton / Valerie Ziegenfuss 6-2, 7-6
3R d. Marjorie Blackwood / Jackie Fayter 6-2, 6-1
QF d. Tanya Harford / Anne Hobbs 7-5, 6-1
SF d. Francoise Durr / Virginia Wade [5] 6-2, 6-3
F d. Kerry Melville Reid / Wendy Turnbull [2] 7-6, 6-4

Mixed doubles (with Ray Ruffels) (seeded [2]):
1R bye
2R d. Colin Dowdeswell / Betsy Nagelsen McCormack 6-4, 6-7, 6-3
3R d. Kim Warwick / Regina Marsikova 7-6, 6-3
QF d. Bob Carmichael / Joanne Russell 6-0, 6-1
SF d. Stan Smith / Anne Smith 7-6, 6-4
F lost to Frew McMillan / Betty Stove [1] 6-3, 7-6

Week of September 18, 1978
Montreal Record World Tennis Classic, Mirabel Racquet Club, Montreal, Canada

Women's doubles (with Julie Anthony) (seeded [2]):
F d. Ilana Kloss / Marise Kruger [1] 6-4, 6-4

Week of October 31, 1978
Wightman Cup, Royal Albert Hall, London, United Kingdom
Indoors
United Kingdom 4, United States 3

Women's doubles (with Tracy Austin):
d. Anne Hobbs / Sue Mappin 6-2, 4-6, 6-2

Week of November 13, 1978
Colgate Series Championships, Palm Springs, California
Hard

Women's doubles (with Martina Navratilova):
F d. Wendy Turnbull / Kerry Melville Reid 6-3, 6-4





Week of November 27, 1978
Federation Cup, Kooyong Club, Melbourne, Australia
Grass

Women's doubles (with Chris Evert except as noted):
1R d. Eun-Jeong Cha / Kyeong-Mi Choi, South Korea, 6-1, 6-0
2R d. Judy Chaloner / Chris Newton, New Zealand 6-1, 6-1
QF d. Francoise Durr / Gail Benedetti, France 5-7, 6-3, 6-2
SF (with Rosemary Casals) d. Sue Barker / Anne Hobbs, United Kingdom 1-6, 6-3, 6-4
F d. Wendy Turnbull / Kerry Melville Reid, Australia 4-6, 6-1, 6-4



During this competition, King hinted at retirement from future major singles competitions and said that she was "sick and tired of continued surgery" in trying to get fit enough for those events.

King did not play singles after Wimbledon because of a heel spur in her left foot, which started bothering her in early 1978. She finally had major surgery on December 22, 1978. The surgery lasted 3 1/2 hours.
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