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Discussion Starter #21 (Edited)
1976 (age 32)

Listed below are 2 singles tournaments (none of which she won) plus Federation Cup, with a win-loss record of 7-2 (5-0 indoor, 2-2 hard). She won 5 women's doubles tournaments.

Looking back, King said, "I wasted 1976. After watching Chris Evert and Evonne [Goolagong] Cawley play the final at Wimbledon, I asked myself what I was doing. So, despite my age and the operations, the Old Lady came back [in 1977]...."

Week of January 26
Virginia Slims of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois

Indoor carpet

Women's doubles (with Betty Stove) (seeded [1]):
1R bye
QF d. Kathy Kuykendall / Marcie Louie 6-4, 6-0
SF lost to Olga Morozova / Virginia Wade [3] 7-6(5-4), 6-2

Week of March 1
Virginia Slims of San Francisco, San Francisco, California

Indoor carpet

Women's doubles (with Betty Stove) (seeded [3]):
1R d. Kathy May Teacher / Sue Mehmedbasich 6-0, 7-5
QF d. Janice Metcalf / Lea Antonoplis 6-2, 6-4
SF d. Virginia Wade / Ann Kiyomura [2] 6-3, 7-5
F d. Francoise Durr / Rosemary Casals [4] 6-4, 6-1

Week of March 22
Virginia Slims of Boston, Boston, Massachusetts

Indoor carpet

Women's doubles (with Betty Stove) (seeded [3]):
1R d. Kerry Melville Reid / Dianne Fromholtz Balestrat 6-3, 7-5
QF d. Wendy Turnbull / Regina Marsikova 6-4, 3-6, 6-1
SF lost to Mona Schallau Guerrant / Ann Kiyomura [1] 6-3, 6-4

Week of March 29
Virginis Slims of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Indoor carpet

Women's doubles (with Betty Stove) (seeded [3]):
1R d. Isabel Fernandez / Mima Jausovec 7-5, 6-2
QF d. Natasha Chmyreva / Julie Anthony 7-6(5-4), 6-4
SF d. Virginia Wade / Olga Morozova [2] 6-7(3-5), 7-6(5-4), 6-4
F d. Francoise Durr / Rosemary Casals [4] 7-6(5-4), 6-4

Week of April 19
Bridgestone World Doubles Championship, Tokyo, Japan

Indoor carpet
Played with Betty Stove

1R/QF defeated or advanced by walkover versus ________ / ________
SF d. Chris Evert / Martina Navratilova 7-5, 6-4
F d. Mona Schallau Guerrant / Ann Kiyomura 6-3, 6-2

Week of June 14
Colgate International, Eastbourne, United Kingdom

Grass

Women's doubles (with Betty Stove):
SF lost to Virginia Wade / Olga Morozova 6-1, 6-4

Week of June 21
Wimbledon, All England Lawn Tennis & Croquet Club, London, United Kingdom

Grass

Women's doubles (with Betty Stove) (seeded [1]):
1R d. Diane Evers / Carol Zeeman 6-4, 6-1
2R advanced by walkover versus Cynthia Doerner / Marita Redondo
3R d. Annette Van Zyl DuPlooy / Sharon Walsh Pete 6-3, 6-0
QF d. Wendy Turnbull / Laura DuPont 6-3, 6-3
SF d. Lesley Charles / Sue Mappin 6-4, 6-3
F lost to Chris Evert / Martina Navratilova [2] 6-1, 3-6, 7-5





Mixed doubles (with Alex "Sandy" Mayer) (seeded [1]):
1R d. John Feaver / Virginia Ruzici 6-4, 6-2
2R lost to Robert Hewitt / Greer Stevens 9-7, 3-6, 6-2

Week of August 23
Federation Cup, The Spectrum, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Indoor carpet
U.S. was seeded [1]

1R d. Paulina Pesahov Peled, Israel 6-1, 6-0
2R d. Mima Jausovec, Yugoslavia 6-0, 7-6



QF d. Petra Delhees, Switzerland 6-2, 6-1
SF d. Betty Stove, Netherlands [5] 6-2, 6-3
F d. Evonne Goolagong Cawley, Australia [2] 7-6(4), 6-4

Women's doubles (with Rosemary Casals):
1R d. Paulina Pesahov Peled / Hagit Zubary, Israel 6-3, 6-1
2R d. Mima Jausovec / Dora Alavantic, Yugoslavia 6-0, 6-0
QF d. Monica Simmen / Susi Eichenberger, Switzerland 6-0, 6-1
SF d. Betty Stove / Tine Zwaan, Netherlands 6-1, 6-4
F d. Evonne Goolagong Cawley / Kerry Melville Reid, Australia 7-5, 6-3

King played 6 matches in 26 hours and won all 20 of her sets to lead the United States to the Fed Cup title. After Kerry Melville Reid defeated Rosemary Casals in the first rubber of the final, King defeated Evonne Goolagong Cawley in 81 minutes in the singles and then teamed with Casals to win the tie and the title. King was forced to play singles when Chris Evert was unable to play because of a tendon injury in her right hand.



Week of August 30
US Open, West Side Tennis Club, New York City

Clay

Singles:
Did not play.

Women's doubles (with Betty Stove) (seeded [1]):
1R bye
2R d. Julie Anthony / Valerie Ziegenfuss 6-1, 6-3
3R d. ________ Kerr / Pam Whytcross 6-3, 7-6
QF lost to Linky Boshoff / Ilana Kloss [5] 6-4, 3-6, 6-2

Mixed doubles (with Phil Dent) (seeded [3]):
1R d. Mike Estep / Julie Anthony 6-2, 6-4
2R d. Steve Siegel / Janice Metcalf 6-3, 6-4
QF d. Allan Stone / Mona Schallau Guerrant 6-4, 4-6, 6-3
SF d. Richard Stockton / Rosemary Casals [1] 6-2, 7-6
F d. Frew McMillan / Betty Stove [2] 3-6, 6-2, 7-5

King and Phil Dent saved a match point at 4-5 in the third set before winning the last 3 games of the final. This was only the third time in US Open history that a mixed doubles championship team had saved a match point at some time during the tournament.

Week of October 4
Talley Industries Tennis Tournament, Phoenix, Arizona

Hard
King was seeded [2]

2R d. Susan Mehmedbasich 6-0, 6-3
3R d. Kristien Kemmer Shaw Ziska 6-3, 7-6
QF lost to Dianne Fromholtz Balestrat [6] 6-3, 6-2

Women's doubles (with Betty Stove):
F d. Linky Boshoff / Ilana Kloss 6-2, 6-1

King said after her quarterfinal loss, "Dianne [Fromholtz Balestrat] kept the ball too deep and played too well. My knees don't feel great, but I've played and won with bad knees before."

Week of October 18
Colgate Inaugural, Mission Hills Country Club, Palm Springs, California

Hard
King was seeded [2]

1R lost to Dianne Fromholtz Balestrat 6-2, 6-4

Women's doubles (with Betty Stove):
F lost to Chris Evert / Martina Navratilova 6-2, 6-4

King qualified for the singles by winning 5 singles matches at the Federation Cup earlier in the year.

King had right knee surgery on November 9. The surgeon, Dr. Donald Larson at Pacific Hospital in Long Beach, California, described her injury as a "worn area on the kneecap and underlying bone" and "not the usual cartilage removal." He said it was an "occupational hazard" of professional athletes.

 

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Discussion Starter #22 (Edited)
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

Indoor

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
Clay
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
Indoor
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
Grass

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
Grass
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
Clay
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) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vQevM...eature=related



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
Clay
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
Hard
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
Hard
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
Hard

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
Indoor
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
Indoor

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
Indoor
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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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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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

Clay

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
Grass
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
Grass
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
Grass
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
Indoor

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
Indoor
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
Hard
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
Hard
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
Indoor
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
Indoor
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
Indoor
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
Indoor
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
Indoor
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
Indoor

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
Grass
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
Grass
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
Indoor

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
 

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1980 (age 36)

Listed below are 19 singles tournaments (3 of which she won), with a win-loss record of 39-16 (28-12 indoor, 3-1 grass, 3-1 clay, 5-2 hard). (Her win-loss total does not include third-place matches.) She also won 10 women's doubles titles, including the US Open.

Week of January 7, 1980
Avon Championships of Cincinnati, Riverfront Coliseum, Cincinnati, Ohio

Indoor
King was seeded [4]

1R d. Betty Ann Grubb Hansen Stuart Dent Grout 3-6, 7-6, 6-2
2R d. Pam Shriver 7-5, 2-6, 6-4
QF d. Wendy Turnbull [6] 7-6(3), 7-6(5)
SF lost to Tracy Austin [2] 6-2, 6-3

Women's doubles:
King did not enter.

Tracy Austin won the first 5 games of the match before King broke service and held her own service to pull within 5-2. In the second set, the players traded service breaks to reach 3-3 before Austin again broke King's serve to run out the match. King said, "I wish I had played better or Tracy worse. I made all the mistakes, and she didn't make mistakes. Tracy consistently hits the ball harder than anyone else on the tour."

Week of January 14, 1980
Avon Championships of Kansas City, Kansas City, Missouri
Indoor
King was seeded [3]

1R lost to Bettina Bunge 6-2, 6-3

Women's doubles (with Martina Navratilova):
SF defeated or advanced by walkover versus Virginia Wade / Greer Stevens
F d. Laura DuPont / Pam Shriver 6-3, 6-1

When asked what King said to her after the match, Bettina Bunge said, "Billie Jean was upset. I don't remember exactly what she said. But I know if some little kid comes up and beats me, I'm not going to be happy."

Week of January 21, 1980
Avon Championships of Chicago, International Amphitheatre, Chicago, Illinois
Indoor
King was seeded [4]

1R d. Caroline Stoll 6-1, 7-5
2R d. Renee Richards 6-0, 7-5
QF d. Dianne Fromholtz Balestrat [5] 4-6, 6-4, 7-6(7)
SF lost to Martina Navratilova [1] 7-6, 3-6, 6-1



Women's doubles (with Martina Navratilova) (seeded [1]):
2R d. Mary Lou Piatek / Barbara Potter 7-5, 6-3
SF defeated or advanced by walkover versus Ilana Kloss / Greer Stevens
F d. Sylvia Hanika / Kathy Jordan 6-3, 6-4

King threw temper tantrums and her racquet during her quarterfinal with Dianne Fromholtz Balestrat. She was then fined for refusing to attend the post-match news conference. According to the Women's Tennis Association, her excuse for not attending the news conference was, "I was unprofessional on the court, and I guess I'll be unprofessional again."

Week of February 11, 1980
Avon Championships of California, Oakland Coliseum Arena, Oakland, California
Indoor
King was seeded [3]

1R d. Mima Jausovec 6-4, 2-6, 6-4
2R d. Christiane Jolissaint 6-4, 6-3
QF lost to Terry Holladay 7-5, 2-6, 6-0

Women's doubles:
No results found.

King missed the two previous weeks of tournaments because of a sore elbow. After winning her first round match, King said, "When you take time off, you have to bust your butt when you come back. You could see that tonight." In the quarterfinal against Terry Holladay, King served 3 doubles faults in one game and 2 doubles faults in another game of the first set.

Week of February 18, 1980
Avon Championships of Detroit, Cobo Arena, Detroit, Michigan
Indoor
King was seeded [2]

1R d. Dianne Morrison 6-2, 7-5
2R d. Diane Desfor 6-0, 6-2
3R d. Christiane Jolissaint 6-3, 6-2
QF d. Virginia Ruzici [8] 6-1, 6-4
SF d. Wendy Turnbull [3] 6-2, 6-4
F d. Evonne Goolagong Cawley [1] 6-3, 6-0


King clowning around in her press conference after winning the singles title.

Women's doubles (with Ilana Kloss):
SF advanced by walkover versus Virginia Wade / Greer Stevens (Wade had a high fever)
F d. Kathy Jordan / Anne Smith 3-6, 6-3, 6-2

King won the singles title here for the third time in this tournament's nine-year history. But this was the first time since 1975 that King had won a singles title on the Virginia Slims or Avon winter tour. Evonne Goolagong Cawley was hampered during the final by a pulled abdominal muscle, which King noticed during the warm-up as Goolagong Cawley was unable to hit overheads properly. King broke serve and held to take a 5-2 lead in the first set. The Australian saved 4 set points in the next game and held serve after 8 deuces. King then held serve to win the set on a service ace. King also served an ace to win the match. Goolagong Cawley won only 10 points in the second set. The match was played before a crowd of 9,678.

Week of February 25, 1980
Avon Championships of Houston, Houston, Texas
Indoor
King was seeded [3]

1R d. Regina Marsikova 5-7, 7-6(2), 6-4
2R d. Roberta McCallum 7-5, 6-4
QF d. Sue Barker [6] 6-4, 7-5
SF d. Greer Stevens [8] 7-6(4), 7-6(4)
F d. Martina Navratilova [1] 6-1, 6-3



Women's doubles (with Ilana Kloss):
F d. Betty Stove / Wendy Turnbull 3-6, 6-1, 6-4

King trailed Greer Stevens 5-3 in both sets before rallying. She then needed only 50 minutes in the final to end Martina Navratilova's 28-match winning streak. In both sets, King took immediate 2-break leads.

Week of March 3, 1980
Avon Championships of Dallas, Moody Coliseum, Southern Methodist University, Dallas, Texas
Indoor
King was seeded [3]

1R lost to Greer Stevens 6-4, 3-6, 7-6(4)

Women's doubles (with Martina Navratilova):
?R d. Andrea Jaeger / Suzy Jaeger 6-2, 6-1 (played March 5)
F d. Rosemary Casals / Wendy Turnbull 4-6, 6-3, 6-3

King was unable to hold a 5-3 lead in the final set against Greer Stevens and saw her 11-match winning streak snapped.

Week of March 10, 1980
Avon Championships of Boston, Boston University, Boston, Massachusetts
Indoor
King was seeded [3]

1R d. Terry Holladay 6-3, 6-0
2R d. Sandy Collins 6-1, 6-2
QF d. Kathy Jordan [6] 6-4, 6-1
SF lost to Tracy Austin [1] 6-3, 6-0

Women's doubles (with Ilana Kloss):
F lost to Rosemary Casals / Wendy Turnbull 6-4, 7-6

Austin was overpowering during her defeat of King in the semifinals. Austin frequently hit shots out of King's reach and never let King get on track during the 54-minute match.

Week of March 17, 1980
The Avon Championships, Madison Square Garden, New York City
Indoor
King was seeded [3]

1RR d. Virginia Wade [5] 6-1, 6-3
2RR lost to Martina Navratilova [1] 6-2, 6-1



Elimination round: d. Wendy Turnbull [6] 6-2, 6-2
SF lost to Tracy Austin [2] 6-3, 6-1



Third place match: defaulted to Evonne Goolagong Cawley because of a right knee injury (without taking the court)

Women's doubles (with Martina Navratilova):
SF d. Kathy Jordan / Anne Smith 6-4, 6-4
F d. Rosemary Casals / Wendy Turnbull 6-3, 4-6, 6-3

After Virginia Wade held serve at love to open their round robin match, King won nine consecutive games with the loss of only nine points and, at the end of the first set, won 19 of the last 22 points. King hit her forehand with pace and confidence throughout the match. "Friends say the former New York Apples team tennis teammates seldom even greet each other these days."

Before a crowd of 10,312, Martina Navratilova needed 59 minutes to defeat King in her second round robin match. Navratilova said after the match, "We are friends, but once we do play, we're out there for killing. I was really nervous tonight, especially after the way she cleaned up the court with me last time [in Houston]. I haven't been this psyched up for a match in a long time." Normally conscious of the need to play big points well, King lost all eight 30-30 points in the match. King also hit a double fault on break point to give Navratilova a 3-1 lead in the second set and allowed Navratilova to dominate the close-in volleying exchanges at the net.The match started well for King as she won the toss, elected to receive, and immediately broke Navratilova's serve. In the next game, King won the first point on her serve, but then hit a double fault and sailed a forehand approach shot long. Navratilova then hit 2 high quality service returns at King's feet to complete the break back. "I really blew the match in the second game," said King.

Knowing she could not compete with Tracy Austin's power from the baseline, King hit lobs and spins against her in the semifinals, to no avail. King never reached break point on Austin's serve and hit 16 unforced errors in 16 games. Austin said, "I feel Billie Jean tried to change her game against me. She was trying to do a lot of spins and funny shots, instead of playing her game." King said she was "fed up" with her play. "Too many missed shots. No rhythm on the serve. No conviction. No commitment. New tactics needed. Back to the drawing board."

Week of March 24, 1980
Clairol Crown, La Costa Resort & Spa, Carlsbad, California
Hard

1R/SF lost to Martina Navratilova 4-6, 7-6(4), 6-0
Third place match: Evonne Goolagong Cawley defeated King 6-0, 6-3

Women's doubles:
No results found.

King trailed 4-1 in the second set against Martina Navratilova before winning 4 consecutive games to lead 5-4. While serving for the match, King made 2 double faults and squandered 2 match points to help Navratilova even the set. On one of the match points, Navratilova hit a let cord winner off a service return. King said, "Sometimes let cords either win it for you or lose it for you. Today it won it for Martina and lost it for me. It was just unbelievable. I was distraught [after the second set], but kept trying. I was angry at myself because I hate to lose, especially these kind of matches. They really hurt."

Week of March 31, 1980
Bridgestone Doubles Championships, Tokyo
Indoor carpet
Played with Martina Navratilova

1R/QF d. Terry Holladay / Betsy Nagelsen McCormack 6-3, 6-4



SF d. Betty Stove / Wendy Turnbull 7-6, 6-2
F d. Ann Kiyomura / Sue Barker 7-5, 6-3



Week of April 7, 1980
Family Circle Cup, Hilton Head, South Carolina
Clay

Women's doubles (with Rosemary Casals):
QF lost to Joanne Russell / Sherry Acker 6-3, 6-0

Week of April 28, 1980
United Airlines Sunbird Cup (AAAA), Grenelefe Golf and Tennis Club, Haines City, Florida
Hard
King was seeded [3]

1R Barbara Jordan advanced by walkover (bronchitis)

Women's doubles:
No results found.

Week of May 12, 1980
Gunze World Tennis Tournament, Kobe and Tokyo, Japan
Indoor
King was seeded [2]

1R/QF lost to Rosemary Casals 6-4, 6-7, 6-0

Women's doubles (with Martina Navratilova):
RR or 1R d. Pam Shriver / Anne Smith (score unknown)
RR or SF d. Rosemary Casals / Wendy Turnbull 6-2, 3-6, 6-2
F d. Rosemary Casals / Wendy Turnbull 6-3, 6-1

Perhaps the doubles was a round robin?

Week of May 26, 1980
French Open, Roland Garros, Paris
Clay
King was seeded [2]

1R d. Roberta McCallum 6-2, 6-1



2R d. Anne Hobbs 6-2, 6-2
3R d. Leslie Allen 6-4, 3-6, 6-2



QF lost to Dianne Fromholtz Balestrat [5] 6-1, 6-4

Women's doubles (with Ilana Kloss) (seeded [1]):
1R lost to Candy Reynolds / Paula Smith 7-6, 3-6, 6-4

Mixed doubles:
Did not play.

This was the first time that King played the French Open since completing her career Grand Slam in singles in 1972. This was also King's first singles tournament in 4 weeks because of bronchial asthma. She got upset with a linesperson's call in the first game of the quarterfinal with Dianne Fromholtz Balestrat and played impatiently the remainder of the first set. She took a 4-1 lead in the second set before losing the last 5 games of the match. King remarked after the match, "I was just in a bad mood."

King had been scheduled to play mixed doubles with Ilie Nastase, but he withdrew from the tournament with a sore throat.

Week of June 23, 1980
Wimbledon, All England Lawn Tennis & Croquet Club, London, United Kingdom
Grass
King was seeded [5]

1R bye
2R d. Anne Smith 6-3, 7-6(3)
3R d. Mareen "Peanut" Louie Harper 6-2, 6-2
4R d. Pam Shriver 5-7, 7-6(5), 10-8



QF lost to Martina Navratilova [1] 7-6(6), 1-6, 10-8



Women's doubles (with Martina Navratilova) (seeded [1]):
1R bye
2R d. Mary Carillo / Roberta McCallum 7-5, 6-4
3R d. Mona Schallau Guerrant / Kate Latham 1-0, retired
QF d. Chris Evert / Virginia Ruzici [6] 6-2, 6-2
SF lost to Kathy Jordan / Anne Smith [4] 6-2, 4-6, 6-4

Mixed doubles (with Dick Stockton) (seeded [2]):
1R advanced by walkover versus ________ Gomez / ________ Segal
2R advanced by walkover versus Robin Drysdale / ________ Bostrom
3R d. Jose Luis Clerc / ________ Rodriguez 6-3, 6-0
QF lost to Mark Edmondson / Dianne Fromholtz Balestrat [6] 6-3, 7-6

King saved 2 set points in the second set against Anne Smith. King survived a match point against Pam Shriver in the second set at 5-4 when Shriver overhit a routine forehand volley. Shriver led 4-2 (40-0) while serving in the third set before hitting 3 consecutive double faults to lose the seventh game. King finally defeated Shriver in 2 hours, 40 minutes. King said, "She was serving terrifically and those underspin shots of hers were bouncing every way but Sunday. All I could do was just hang on, play every point the best I could, and hope that she would make an error. Her serve is a whopper. All I could do was just stand back and try to meet it." King also said that Shriver played a "resilient" match and "kept under good control, for her." She said Shriver had outclassed her most of the way and "everytime I got in a position where I thought, 'Now I'm rolling,' she rolled over me." King denied that she took comfort of Shriver's unravelling in recent matches. "You don't ever count on that if you're a great player. ... You have to win it if you're going to be a champion."

King led Navratilova in the first set tiebreak 5-1 when it started raining. Her eyeglasses got wet, and her request to suspend the match (per the pre-match agreement with tournament officials) was denied. She then lost the tiebreak 8-6. The match was then suspended until the following day. On day 2, King won 20 of the first 23 points in the second set and took the set in 17 minutes with the loss of only 7 points. Navratilova broke serve to lead 2-0 in the third set before King tied the set at 2-2. King served for the match at 6-5 but hit four bad volleys to lose her service at love. King said, "That was the biggest choke in the world. I choked. I didn't make it happen." King then saved 8 match points over 3 games, all with first serves to Navratilova's backhand and aggressive volleys off chipped returns. Three of the match points were at 6-7, three more were at 7-8 (0-40), and the last two were at 8-9. Navratilova said, "I couldn't believe it. Every time I needed just one point, she kept getting her first serve in. My serve was atrocious, and she served well and kept hitting winners off my passing shots." King's eyeglasses broke during the changeover at 8-9. King had a spare pair, but they were not quite right. Navratilova won the match on a forehand service return winner. King said afterwards "I think that may be the single match in my career that I could have won if I hadn't had bad eyes."


Picture taken sometime during Wimbledon.

Week of July 21, 1980
Central Fidelity Bank International (AA), Robins Center, University of Richmond, Richmond, Virginia
Indoor
King was seeded [2]

1R lost to Wendy White Prausa 6-2, 6-2

Women's doubles (with Martina Navratilova) (seeded [1]):
F d. Pam Shriver / Anne Smith [2] 6-4, 4-6, 6-3

Wendy White Prausa was in control throughout the match that lasted less than 1 hour. King had only two opportunities to break White's serve during the match, but White saved both of them. She broke King in the third and seventh games of the first set and the first and fifth games of the second set.

Week of August 18, 1980
US Open, USTA National Tennis Center, New York City
Hard

Singles:
Did not play.

Women's doubles (with Martina Navratilova) (seeded [1]):
1R bye
2R d. Kathy May Teacher / Pam Teeguarden 6-3, 3-6, 7-6
3R d. Mima Jausovec / Renee Richards 6-4, 6-2
QF d. Virginia Wade / Greer Stevens [8] 6-2, 6-3
SF d. Andrea Jaeger / Regina Marsikova [6] 6-2, 6-3
F d. Pam Shriver / Betty Stove [4] 7-6, 7-5

Mixed doubles:
Did not play.

In women's doubles, King won her 39th and last Grand Slam title. She won 16 Grand Slam women's doubles titles, 5 of which were at the US Open. She won 13 titles at this tournament. King withdrew from the singles competition because, depending on which published report you believe, she felt she was not playing well enough or she had a "nagging, debilitating virus." Lee Jackson, the longtime tennis umpire and women's tennis official, told this writer during the tournament that King skipped the singles competition because of recent nasal polyp surgery.

Week of September 8, 1980
Toray Sillook (AAAA), No. 2 Olympic Gymnasium, Tokyo, Japan
Hard
King was seeded [1]

1R d. Rosemary Casals 6-3, 7-6
2R d. Barbara Hallquist 6-2, 6-3
QF d. Mima Jausovec 6-4, 6-4
SF d. Dianne Fromholtz Balestrat [3] 3-6, 7-5, 7-5
F d. Terry Holladay [7] 7-5, 6-4

Women's doubles:
Not held.

King hit 11 double faults and trailed Dianne Fromholtz Balestrat 5-2 in the third set before winning the last 5 games of their 1 hour, 45 minute semifinal. King then won the singles title for the third time.

Week of September 15, 1980
Buick-Riviera Classic (AAAA), Riviera Hotel, Las Vegas, Nevada
Hard
King was seeded [3]

1R lost to Sylvia Hanika 7-5, 1-6, 6-3

Women's doubles:
No results found.

Week of September 22, 1980
Davison's Classic (AA), Atlanta, Georgia
Indoor
King was seeded [2]

1R d. Ann Kiyomura 4-6, 7-5, 6-4
2R lost to Joanne Russell 5-7, 6-2, 6-4

Women's doubles:
No results found.

Week of September 29, 1980
U.S. Indoor Championships (Michelob Light Classic) (AA), Met Center, Bloomington, Minnesota
Indoor
King was seeded [2]

1R d. Mareen "Peanut" Louie Harper 7-6, 6-3
2R d. Susan Mascarin 7-5, 6-4
QF d. Roberta McCallum 6-2, 6-2
SF lost to Dianne Fromholtz Balestrat [4] 7-6, 6-3

Women's doubles:
No results found.

King played with a heavily taped forearm because of a muscle strain she suffered 3 weeks previously in Japan. She ended the year with a 2-2 singles record versus Dianne Fromholtz Balestrat.

King had minor knee surgery in San Francisco on 14 November 1980. Both knees were inspected by the surgeon. One was in excellent condition, and adhesions and cartilage were removed from the other. (I do not know which knee had the adhensions and cartilage removed.)
 

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1981 (age 37)

Listed below are 5 singles tournaments (none of which she won), with a win-loss record of 5-9 (5-7 indoor, 0-1 hard, 0-1 grass).

Week of March 2, 1981
Avon Championships of Los Angeles, The Forum, Los Angeles

Indoor
King was seeded [5]

1R d. Susan Mascarin 7-5, 6-1
2R d. Lena Sandin 7-5, 6-4
QF lost to Martina Navratilova [1] 6-3, 7-5


King while playing top-seeded Martina Navratilova in the quarterfinals.

King trailed Susan Mascarin 5-1 in the first set before winning the last 6 games of that set and 12 of the last 13 games of the match.

Week of March 9, 1981
Avon Championships of Dallas, Moody Coliseum, Dallas, Texas
Indoor

1R d. Felicia Raschiatore 6-3, 6-4
2R d. Virginia Wade 6-4, 6-3
QF lost to Virginia Ruzici 6-3, 6-2

After beating Virginia Wade, King said, "Virginia had a little trouble readying at the net, but we were pretty useful for 35 and 37 years old." But after losing to Virginia Ruzici, King said, "I never read the ball at all. Virginia killed me. I was missing all the high volleys, and I didn't serve well all week. I have to get tougher."

Week of March 16, 1981
Avon Championships of Boston, Boston, Massachusetts
Indoor
King was seeded [7]

1R lost to Kate Latham 6-3, 6-0

Kate Latham led throughout the match as King was unable to keep the ball on the court. Latham never lost her serve during the 37 minute match. King said, "I shouldn't play three tournaments in a row after my last knee operation last November. Winning and losing is good feedback to where you're at. I have to take a good look why I lost. Is it that I'm too old? That I can't cut it anymore? Should I get out? When you've been playing 27 years, there are highs and lows. You have to analyze the commitment to the game coming back from an injury. You have to be honest, and I always have with myself." But she also claimed, "I feel terrific. I have no excuses. Nothing went right for me. Everything I hit was two or three inches out."

Week of April 27, 1981
United Airlines Tournament of Champions Sunbird Cup (category 7), Grenelefe Golf and Tennis Resort, Haines City, Florida
Hard
King was seeded [6]

1R lost to Susan Rollinson 7-5, 6-3

Women's doubles:
Did not play.

Week of May 4, 1981
Bridgestone Doubles, Tokyo

Women's doubles (with Andrea Jaeger):
1R: lost to Anne Smith / Kathy Jordan 6-3, 6-7(5), 7-6



Loser's bracket: lost to Laura DuPont / Barbara Jordan 4-6, 7-5, 6-4

There probably was a third match to decide 7th and 8th places, versus the loser of M. Blackwood / S. Leo against Marita Redondo / Mareen "Peanut" Louie Harper. Before the tournament began and because of the ongoing "palimony" lawsuit involving King and Marilyn Barnett, King had offered to release Andrea Jaeger from her commitment to play with King in this tournament. But Jaeger and her parents refused.

Week of May 11, 1981
Gunze Tournament, Kobe, Japan

Women's doubles (with Andrea Jaeger):
F lost to Pam Shriver / Wendy Turnbull 6-7, 6-1, 6-4

Week of May 25, 1981
French Open, Roland Garros, Paris
Clay

Singles:
Did not play.

Women's doubles (with Ilana Kloss) (seeded [10]):
1R bye
2R advanced by walkover versus ________ Pakker / Marianne Van der Torre
3R d. Andrea Jaeger / Sylvia Hanika [7] 0-6, 6-2, 6-4
QF lost to Paula Smith / Candy Reynolds [2] 7-6, 6-3

Week of June 8, 1981
Surrey Championships (category 1), Surbiton, United Kingdom
Grass

1R bye
2R lost to Barbara Hallquist 6-3, 6-2

Women's doubles (with Ilana Kloss):
F lost to Sue Barker / Ann Kiyomura 6-1, 6-7, 6-1

After losing her second round match in 58 minutes, King incorrectly predicted, "'It's a pretty good chance that this was my last British tournament.'' As for missing Wimbledon for the first time since 1960, King denied that her absence was related to the Marilyn Barnett palimony suit and said, "I shall miss not walking out onto the center court at Wimbledon, but I am not afraid to go out there. I have played only 3 tournaments this year, and I decided 8 weeks ago that I would not play at Wimbledon. I have played there 20 times in a row, and it is a real wrench not to play again this year. I would love to play until I was 100 if I could. But let's face it, I'm 37 and I've been through 5 knee operations and I know I cannot go on forever."

Week of October 26, 1981
First National Bank Tennis Classic, Towson Center, Towson State University, Baltimore, Maryland
Indoor
King was seeded [2]

1R lost to Susan Mascarin 6-7, 6-2, 6-4

Week of November 2, 1981
International Kim Cup, Turin, Italy
Indoor

1RR lost to Virginia Wade 6-2, 6-3
2RR lost to Bettina Bunge 7-6, 6-4
3RR lost to Sue Barker 7-6, 6-0
4RR d. Virginia Ruzici 6-4, 2-6, 6-3
 

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1982 (age 38-39)

Listed below are 19 singles tournaments (1 of which she won), with a win-loss record of 28-18 (11-8 indoor, 0-0 unknown, 13-4 grass, 0-2 hard, 4-4 clay). She also won 1 women's doubles title.

Week of January 11
Avon Championships of Cincinnati, Riverfront Coliseum, Cincinnati, Ohio

Indoor carpet
King was seeded [8]

1R d. Rosalyn Fairbank 6-3, 7-6(6)
2R d. Pam Casale 7-5, 6-4
QF d. Sylvia Hanika [2] 7-5, 6-4
SF lost to Barbara Potter [5] 7-5, 1-6, 6-4

Women's doubles (with Ilana Kloss):
1R d. Dianne Fromholtz Balestrat / Pam Teeguarden 6-3, 6-2
QF lost to Anne Smith / Pam Shriver [4] 6-2, 6-4

After her first round win, King said, "I feel better than I have since 1975. I won't be No. 1 again, but I'll have good matches. I haven't met the person in individual sport who, at 38 years old, is willing to pay the price to be No. 1 again."

Week of January 25
Avon Championships of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois

Indoor carpet
King was seeded [8]

1R d. Kathy Jordan 6-1, 6-4
2R lost to Dianne Fromholtz Balestrat 7-5, 6-2

Women's doubles (with Ilana Kloss):
1R lost to Martina Navratilova / Pam Shriver [1] 6-4, 6-2

Week of February 1
Avon Championships of Detroit, Detroit, Michigan

Indoor carpet
King was seeded [8]

1R lost to Ann Kiyomura 6-3, 3-6, 1-0 retired

Women's doubles (with Ilana Kloss):
1R d. Mary Lou Daniels Piatek / Wendy White Prausa [4] 6-4, 5-7, 6-1
QF lost to Rosalyn Fairbank Nideffer / Bonnie Gadusek 6-1, 6-1

After walking off the court in the middle of her match with Ann Kiyomura, King said, "I was fighting myself the whole time. I apologize. It was very unprofessional. But I couldn't stand out there and go through the motions." Later, King said that she had not been 100 percent since learning of the shooting death of tennis professional Andrea Buchanon, a close friend.

Week of February 15
Avon Championships of Houston, Houston, Texas

Indoor carpet
King was unseeded

1R lost to Sue Barker 6-2, 6-1

Women's doubles (with Ilana Kloss):
QF lost to Mary Lou Daniels Piatek / Wendy White Prausa 6-4, 6-4

"A crowd of 2,200 sat in polite, unhappy silence as Sue Barker humiliated" King in their first round match. After the match, Barker was apologetic, almost to the point of being condescending. King said, "When we're younger, we all say we're going to quit when we're No. 1. People ask me now why I won't quit. They just don't understand. It's like dancing or singing or playing a musical intrument. You can't all of a sudden say, 'Oh, I don't like that anymore.' I still enjoy it even if I'm not as good as I used to be. It's like Nureyev. When he dances, he doesn't leap as high as he did. But some people still come to see him. What is good enough? If you're the fifth or eighth or tenth best doctor in the world, should you quit? I don't think so."

Week of February 22
Avon Championships of California, Oakland, California

Indoor carpet
King was unseeded

1R lost to Virginia Ruzici [8] 4-6, 6-2, 6-3

Women's doubles (with Ilana Kloss):
1R d. Pam Casale Telford / Leigh Thompson 6-3, 7-6
2R d. Rosemary Casals / Wendy Turnbull [1] 6-4, 6-4
QF lost to Kathy Jordan / Pam Shriver [4] 6-3, 4-6, 7-6

King lost her fourth consecutive singles match and said, "I'm pretty discouraged. I'm in good shape physically, but I'm not playing any of the big points like I should."

Week of March 1
Avon Championships of Los Angeles, The Forum, Los Angeles, California

Indoor carpet
King was unseeded

1R d. Bettina Bunge [4] 4-6, 7-5, 6-1
2R d. Leigh-Anne Thompson 6-1, 7-5
QF d. Andrea Leand 3-6, 6-0, 7-6(4)
SF lost to Mima Jausovec [5] 6-4, 6-2

Women's doubles (with Ilana Kloss):
1R d. Pat Medrado / Claudia Monteiro 6-4, 6-1
QF advanced by walkover versus Andrea Jaeger / Betsy Nagelsen
SF lost to Barbara Potter / Sharon Walsh Pete [3] 6-3, 7-6

King won the first 5 games of the third set during her first round upset of Bettina Bunge. This ended King's 4-match losing streak.

Week of March 8
Avon Championships of Dallas, Dallas, Texas

Indoor carpet
King was unseeded

1R lost to Wendy White Prausa 7-6(1), 6-2

Women's doubles (with Ilana Kloss) (seeded [5]):
1R d. Jo Durie / Anne Hobbs 6-2, 6-3
2R d. Sandy Collins / Mareen "Peanut" Louie Harper 6-3, 0-6, 6-0
QF d. Rosemary Casals / Wendy Turnbull [3] 2-6, 6-4, 6-4
SF d. Eva Pfaff / Helena Sukova 2-6, 6-3, 6-2
F lost to Martina Navratilova / Pam Shriver [1] 6-4, 6-4

Week of March 15
Avon Championships of Boston, Boston, Massachusetts

Indoor carpet
King was unseeded

1R d. Pam Shriver [2] 6-7, 6-2, 6-4
2R d. Ann Kiyomura 6-4, 6-2
QF lost to Wendy Turnbull [5] 6-4, 7-6(3)

Women's doubles (with Ilana Kloss) (seeded [3]):
1R d. Kate Latham / Yvonne Vermaak 6-4, 6-1
QF d. Barbara Jordan / Nancy Yeargin 6-1, 6-3
SF lost to Rosemary Casals / Wendy Turnbull [2] 6-1, 7-6

By upsetting Pam Shriver in the first round, King denied Shriver the chance to play at the season-ending Avon Championships in New York City. "King ... simply outwore her younger and stronger opponent. King lost serve just once, in the third game of the first set, and as if to show the world it was no fluke, closed out the match with a love game, winning, fittingly, on a backhand volley set up by a deep serve." Shriver was bitter after the match. "I figured I had done them a big favor by coming here, and I wondered who I was going to get in the draw. Billie Jean was the worst that could be. All our matches are close, and I've seen her hack it away in other matches. But not with me. I just hope the WTA is happy, that's all I can say. The crowd was cheering for her as the underdog, and that was kind of a joke. I figured I should be the underdog or at least the savior." King lost her temper while serving at 6-5 in the second set of her quarterfinal against Wendy Turnbull. King threw her racquet off the court, received a conduct warning, lost the game, and then slammed her racquet against the umpire's chair. Obviously unsettled, she then fell behind quickly 4-1 in the tiebreaker. The loss was her first to Turnbull in singles after 10 consecutive wins and ended King's hopes of qualifying for the Avon Championships.

Week of April 5
Family Circle Magazine Cup, Sea Pines Racquet Club, Hilton Head, South Carolina

Clay
King was seeded [11]

1R lost to Pam Casale 6-7, 6-4, 6-4

Women's doubles (with Ilana Kloss) (seeded [4]):
1R d. Lisa Bonder Kreiss / Zina Garrison 3-6, 7-5, 6-1
2R d. Andrea Leand / Anne White 6-4, 6-1
QF lost to Candy Reynolds / Paula Smith [5] 0-6, 6-4, 6-4

Week of April 12
Bridgestone Doubles, Fort Worth, Texas

Clay
Played with Ilana Kloss

QF lost to Sue Barker / Ann Kiyomura [4] 7-5, 6-1

Week of May 3
Ellesse Italian Open, Perugia

Clay
King was seeded [6]

1R bye
2R d. Patricia Medrado 2-6, 6-4, 7-5
3R d. Ivanna Madruga-Osses 6-2, 0-6, 6-4
QF d. Sylvia Hanika [3] 6-0, 0-6, 6-3
SF lost to Hana Mandlikova [2] 3-6, 6-1, 6-3

Women's doubles (with Ilana Kloss) (seeded [2]):
1R d. Marie Pinterova / Naoko Sato 6-4, 3-6, 6-0
2R d. Penny Mager / Amanda Tobin Evans 6-0, 6-3
QF d. Bonnie Gadusek / Renata Tomanova [7] 6-3, 6-3
SF d. Rosalyn Fairbank Nideffer / Tanya Harford [3] 4-6, 6-0, 6-1
F lost to Kathleen Horvath / Yvonne Vermaak [6] 2-6, 6-4, 7-6

Week of May 10
Toyota Swiss Open, Lugano

Clay

Women's doubles (with Ilana Kloss) (seeded [2]):
1R lost to Bonnie Gadusek / Renata Tomanova 7-6, 6-3

Week of May 17
German Open, Berlin

Clay
King was seeded [6]

1R bye
2R lost to Duk-Hee Lee 2-6, 6-3, 6-2

Women's doubles (with Ilana Kloss) (seeded [3]):
1R d. Sandy Collins / Barbara Lemberg 6-4, 6-2
2R lost to Jo Durie / Kim Sands 2-6, 7-5, 6-4

Week of May 24
French Open, Roland Garros, Paris

Clay
King was seeded [10]

1R bye
2R d. Leigh-Anne Thompson 6-4, 6-4
3R lost to Lucia Romanov 6-3, 6-4

Women's doubles:
Did not play.

Mixed doubles:
Did not play.

King played the third round match while suffering from a virulent stomach virus. She would have played Chris Evert had King beaten Romanov. She never again played the French Open.

Week of June 7
Edgbaston Cup, Birmingham, United Kingdom

Grass
King was seeded [4]

1R bye
2R d. Lele Forood 5-7, 6-3, 6-1
3R d. Marjorie Blackwood 7-6, 6-1
QF d. Leslie Allen [9] 6-3, 7-6
SF d. Betsy Nagelsen [7] 6-3, 6-7, 6-4
F d. Rosalyn Fairbank 6-2, 6-1

Women's doubles (with Ilana Kloss) (seeded [4]):
1R d. Elizabeth Jones / Deborah Jevans Jarrett 6-1, 6-4
2R d. Sophie Amiach / Corinne Vanier 6-3, 3-6, 6-0
QF lost to Ann Kiyomura / Sharon Walsh Pete [6] 6-4, 3-6, 7-5

King won the final in 51 minutes for her first singles title since September 1980 in Tokyo. King won the Maud Watson Trophy for the first time in her career. This was the original trophy at Wimbledon, first won by Watson in 1884.

Week of June 14
BMW Championships, Eastbourne, United Kingdom

Grass
King was seeded [11]

1R d. Elizabeth Jones 6-4, 6-2
2R lost to Rosalyn Fairbank 6-1, 1-6, 6-3

Women's doubles (with Ilana Kloss) (seeded [6]):
1R d. Claudia Monteiro / Pat Medrado 6-3, 7-5
2R d. Diane Desfor / Barbara Hallquist 6-3, 6-4
QF lost to Martina Navratilova / Pam Shriver [1] 6-1, 6-2

Week of June 21
Wimbledon, All England Lawn Tennis & Croquet Club, London, United Kingdom

Grass
King was seeded [12]

1R bye
2R d. Claudia Pasquale 6-3, 6-2
3R d. Tanya Harford 5-7, 7-6(2), 6-3



4R d. Wendy Turnbull [6] 6-2, 6-3
QF d. Tracy Austin [3] 3-6, 6-4, 6-2





SF lost to Chris Evert [2] 7-6(4), 2-6, 6-3 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wiQ_Ct_GFQc





Women's doubles (with Ilana Kloss) (seeded [9]):
1R bye
2R lost to Claudia Monteiro / Pat Medrado 7-6, 3-6, 7-5

Mixed doubles (with Owen Davidson) (seeded [8]):
1R d. John Feaver / Anne Hobbs 6-3, 5-7, 7-5
2R d. Ray Moore / Tanya Harford 6-1, 7-6
3R lost to Dennis Ralston / Sharon Walsh Pete 6-4, 6-4

In her third round match with Tanya Harford, King saved 3 match points at 7–5, 5–4 (40–0). King said in her post-match press conference, "I can't recall the previous time I have been so close to defeat and won. When I was down 4–5 and love–40, I told myself, 'You have been here 21 years, so use that experience and hang on.'"

In the fourth round, King upset Wendy Turnbull in straight sets. Turnbull said after the match, "I grew up reading and hearing about Billie Jean. Because of all she's won and all she's done, all of us have held her somewhat in awe. We still do, I think. I played terribly. I think part of it was my psyche, my mental block."

King then upset Tracy Austin in the quarterfinals to became the oldest female Wimbledon semifinalist since Dorothea Douglass Lambert Chambers in 1920. This was King's first career victory over Austin after five defeats and reversed the result of their 1979 Wimbledon quarterfinal. King said in her post-match press conference, "Today, I looked at the scoreboard when I was 2–0 in the third set and the '2' seemed to be getting bigger and bigger. In 1979, when I was up 2–0 at the same stage, I was tired and didn't have anything left. But today I felt so much better and was great mentally." About the win, King said, "It was very gratifying. But Tracy was not match tough. She has had injuries the last two years and hasn't had a chance to play as much as she should." Austin said, "Since she had never beaten me, I thought I might win. I was eager to get through and play Chris [Evert] in the semifinals." But Austin said it was "no miracle" that King won. "She's a smart lady. She loves tennis. She thinks tennis 24 hours a day."

Two days later in the semifinals, which was King's 250th career match at Wimbledon in singles, women's doubles, and mixed doubles, Chris Evert needed 5 match points and 1 hour, 56 minutes to defeat King. King was down a set and 2–1 in the second set before winning five consecutive games to even the match. King explained that she actually lost the match in the first set by failing to convert break points at 15–40 in the second and fourth games. "I am learning how to play again. I have started to believe again. I think I can win again. I'm upset I lost. I had a lot of chances in the first set. I'm proud I gave full effort, but I don't like the end result. Chris played well - she had to." Evert said, "I didn't know what to expect. I didn't know whether Billie Jean could keep up the kind of tennis she played against Austin. But I didn't want to underestimate her just because of her age. I hadn't played her much in recent years, and I had forgotten how tough her first serve is. It is one of the toughest, with so much spin on it. It's tough to hit good passing shots off it. She has the best volley in women's tennis. I tried to keep her in the backcourt. I never got negative. I never got discouraged."

The following picture was taken sometime during this tournament.



Week of August 9
Toyota Classic, Atlanta, Georgia

Indoor carpet

Women's doubles (with Chris Evert) (seeded [4]):
1R d. Iva Budarova / Marcella Skuherska 6-3, 6-3
QF d. Sherry Acker / Lele Forood 6-1, 6-3
SF d. Yvonne Vermaak / Nancy Yeargin (score unknown)
F lost to Betsy Nagelson / Kathy Jordan [1] 4-6, 7-6(11), 7-6(3)

Week of August 16
Player’s Canadian Open, Montreal

Hard
King was seeded [8]

1R bye
2R lost to Iva Budarova 4-6, 6-3, 3-1 retired (right knee injury)

King claimed that an injury to her right knee forced her default, but there was speculation that King actually defaulted in protest against the officiating. King was the victim of a number of questionable line calls. But after the match, King said, "A lot of people will think I'm not playing because of the [upcoming US] Open. But I'm more concerned with my health. I was in a Catch-22 situation out there. I didn't run after some balls, and the people probably think I was dogging it. But if I ran after them, I was worried I might hurt my knee further. I was in a no-win situation. In my own self interest, I had to stop. I did not leave because of the officiating. I used to play through injuries like this. But when I'm lying in the hospital bed for a month, who takes care of me then?" On the other hand, a courtside photographer reported that King said as she was leaving the court, "I can't play with this officiating."

Week of August 23
Volvo Women's Tennis Cup, Mahwah, New Jersey
Hard


Women's doubles (with Ilana Kloss) (seeded [5]):
1R d. Vicki Nelson / Kim Steinmetz 6-2, 6-3
2R lost to Andrea Temesvari / Jo Durie 7-5, 3-6, 6-2

Week of August 30
US Open, New York City

Hard
King was seeded [12]

1R lost to Susan Mascarin 6-3, 6-2






Women's doubles (with Chris Evert) (seeded [15]):
1R d. Eva Pfaff / Renata Tomanova 7-5, 6-0
2R d. Jennifer Goodling / Vicki Nelson Dunbar 6-1, 6-0
QF failed to advance by walkover versus Martina Navratilova / Pam Shriver [1]

Mixed doubles (with Robert Van't Hof) ([unseeded]):
1R d. Craig Wittus / Kim Steinmetz 6-4, 6-2
2R lost to Kevin Curren / Anne Smith [1] 6-3, 6-3

King led 3-0 (30-15) before Susan Mascarin came back to win the match. King said, "I was trying as hard as I could. Nothing went right. I was exasperated." She never again played singles at the US Open.

Week of September 20
U.S. Indoor Championships, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Indoor carpet

Women's doubles (with Pam Shriver) (seeded [3]):
1R d. Lele Forood / Sherry Acker 7-5, 6-3
QF d. Jane Preyer / Anna Maria Fernandez 6-2, 6-3
SF lost to Sharon Walsh Pete / Barbara Potter [1] 6-2, 2-6, 6-3

Week of October 18
Anglo American Life Indoors, Johannesburg, South Africa

Team competition
Indoor

d. Jennifer Mundel 5-7, 6-4, 6-3
d. Tanya Harford 6-4, 6-2

Week of November 15
National Panasonic Open, Brisbane, Australia

Grass

Women's doubles (with Anne Smith) (seeded [4]):
1R d. Iva Budarova / Nerida Gregory 6-1, 6-2
2R d. Christiane Jolissaint / Marcella Mesker 7-6, 6-3
QF d. Candy Reynolds / Paula Smith [6] 6-1, 7-5
SF d. Rosemary Casals / Wendy Turnbull [1] 6-3, 7-6
F d. Claudia Kohde Kilsch / Eva Pfaff [8] 6-3, 6-4

Week of November 22
New South Wales Building Society Open, Sydney, Australia

Grass
King was seeded [9]

1R lost to Sherry Acker 6-4, 6-4

Women's doubles (with Anne Smith) (seeded [5]):
1R d. Chris O'Neil / Pay Whytcross 6-2, 7-5
2R d. Anna Maria Fernandez / Beth Norton 6-3, 6-4
QF d. Jennifer Mundel Reinbold / Beverly Mould 6-3, 6-0
SF lost to Claudia Kohde Kilsch / Eva Pfaff 6-4, 6-3

Week of November 29
Australian Open, Melbourne

Grass
King was seeded [9]

1R d. Jane Preyer 6-3, 4-6, 6-2
2R d. Petra Delhees 6-1, 4-6, 7-5
3R d. Barbara Potter [7] 6-4, 6-2
QF lost to Chris Evert [2] 6-2, 6-2

Women's doubles (with Anne Smith) (seeded [4]):
1R d. Chris O'Neil / Pam Whytcross 6-3, 7-6
2R d. Keryn Pratt / Linda Cassell 6-3, 6-3
QF d. Christiane Jolissaint / Marcella Mesker 7-6, 2-6, 7-5
SF lost to Martina Navratilova / Pam Shriver [1] 6-3, 3-6, 6-4

There was no mixed doubles event.
 

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1983 (age 39-40)

Listed below are 10 singles tournaments (2 of which she won), with a win-loss record of 25-8 (8-4 indoor, 16-2 grass, 1-1 hard, 0-1 unknown). (Her win-loss total does not include third-place matches.) She also won 4 women's doubles titles.

Week of January 17
Central Trust Tennis Championships, Cincinnati, Ohio

Indoor

SF d. Tracy Austin 4-6, 6-2, 6-0



F lost to Hana Mandlikova 6-4, 6-3

Week of February 14
Virginia Slims of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois

Indoor carpet

Women's doubles (with Yvonne Vermaak):
1R lost to Helena Sukova / Catherine Tanvier 2-6, 6-4, 6-4

Week of February 28
Carta Blanca FCT Invitational, The Forum, Inglewood, California

Indoor
King was unseeded

1R d. Betsy Nagelson 6-2, 6-1
QF d. Bettina Bunge [4] 6-4, 6-4
SF lost to Martina Navratilova [1] 6-1, 6-3



King lost the semifinal in only 43 minutes.

Week of March 14
Virginia Slims of Boston, Boston University (through the quarterfinals) & Boston Garden (in the semifinal), Boston, Massachusetts

Indoor
King was seeded [5]

1R d. Anne White 6-2, 6-2
2R d. Kathy Jordan 6-4, 6-3
QF d. Kathy Horvath 6-4, 6-3
SF lost to Sylvia Hanika [4] 7-5, 6-2

King led Sylvia Hanika 4-2 in the first set before Hanika broke King in the eighth and twelfth games to win the set. In the second set, King had trouble with her usually reliable backhand. "I wanted so badly to play [in the final] tomorrow. Of all the nights I had to lose. In the second set, she just killed me. She was whaling at everything. Her spins were really heavy." The loss put a damper on the post-match ceremony to celebrate King's 25 years of professional tennis. Bobby Riggs and King's parents were among those in attendance.

Week of March 21
Virginia Slims Championships, Madison Square Garden, New York City

Indoor carpet
King was unseeded

1R d. Andrea Jaeger [3] 5-7, 6-2, 6-2



QF d. Barbara Potter 6-3, 6-1



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



Third place match: lost to Sylvia Hanika [8] 6-1, 7-6(5)

In front of a crowd of 10,383, 39-year old King upset 17-year old Andrea Jaeger in the first round. King said about Jaeger, "I think she just went and bagged it, just didn't want to be out there. Her heart and soul was not in it 100 percent. Sometimes you can play badly, but the effort is there. Maybe she injured herself during the match. I really don't know." King won 8 consecutive games against Barbara Potter in the quarterfinals to build a 5-0 second set lead. After winning the match, she said about her upcoming semifinal with Chris Evert, "Chris is always consistent and you always know what she's going to do. I only hope her execution is subpar." It wasn't, although King did not help her own cause by getting in only 54 percent of her first serves. King had a break point in each of Evert's first 2 service games but could not convert. In the third place match, King broke Sylvia Hanika's serve as she served for the match. But Hanika built an early lead in the tiebreak and held on for the win.

Women's doubles (with Candy Reynolds):
QF d. Rosemary Casals / Wendy Turnbull 7-6, 6-2
SF lost to Martina Navratilova / Pam Shriver [1] 6-2, 6-4

Week of March 28
Bridgestone Doubles Championships, Municipal Gymnasium, Tokyo

Indoor carpet
Played with Sharon Walsh Pete

1R/QF d. Rosemary Casals / Wendy Turnbull [2] 3-6, 6-3, 7-5
SF d. Mima Jausovec / Leslie Allen [4] 6-7(7), 7-5, 6-4
F d. Kathy Jordan / Anne Smith [1] 6-0, 6-1

Week of April 18
United Airlines Tournament of Champions, Haines City, Florida

Hard
King was seeded [5]

1R bye
2R d. Alycia Moulton 6-2, 6-3
QF lost to Hana Mandlikova [4] 6-3, 2-6, 7-5

Women's doubles (with Anne Smith):
QF d. Andrea Jaeger / Mary Lou Daniels 3-6, 7-6, 7-6
SF d. Rosemary Casals / Wendy Turnbull [2] 6-4, 6-1
F d. Martina Navratilova / Pam Shriver [1] 6-3, 1-6, 7-6(9)

King and Anne Smith handed the team of Martina Navratilova and Pam Shriver their first loss since the 1982 US Open.

Week of May 9
Triumph International, Johannesburg, South Africa

Outdoors (surface unknown)

1R/SF lost to Chris Evert 6-4, 6-4
Third place match: d. Sylvia Hanika 6-3, 5-7, 6-4

Week of May 30
Kentish Times Festival, Beckenham, United Kingdom

Grass
King was seeded [1]

1R bye
2R d. Joy Tacon 6-1, 6-1
3R d. Florenta Mihai 6-1, 6-0
QF d. Sue Barker [6] 6-4, 7-5
SF d. Sharon Walsh Pete [4] 6-3, 6-4
F d. Barbara Potter [2] 6-4, 6-3

Women's doubles (with Ilana Kloss):
F not played versus Barbara Potter / Sharon Walsh Pete

Week of June 6
Edgbaston Cup, Birmingham, United Kingdom

Grass
King was seeded [1]

1R bye
2R d. Pam Casale 6-2, 6-4
3R d. Ann Kiyomura [10] 6-2, 6-1
QF d. Elizabeth Sayers Smylie 6-3, 6-4
SF d. Anne White [13] 7-5, 6-2
F d. Alycia Moulton [15] 6-0, 7-5



Women's doubles (with Sharon Walsh Pete) (seeded [3]):

1R d. Sandy Collins / Zina Garrison 5-7, 6-4, 6-4
2R d. Amanda Tobin-Evans / Deborah Jevans-Jarrett 6-2, 6-4
QF d. Susan Leo / Sabina Simmonds 6-2, 6-2
SF d. Evonne Goolagong Cawley / Rosalyn Fairbank Nideffer [6] 5-7, 7-6, 7-5
F d. Elizabeth Sayers Smylie / Beverly Mould [8] 6-2, 6-4

At 5-5, King recorded the only service break of the semifinal with Anne White. King needed only 58 minutes to defeat Alycia Moulton, 18 years her junior, in the final. King lost only 13 points in her 9 service games.

Week of June 20
Wimbledon, All England Lawn Tennis & Croquet Club, London, United Kingdom

Grass
King was seeded [10]

1R d. Elizabeth Sayers Smylie 7-5, 6-3
2R d. Beth Herr 6-7(4), 6-2, 8-6 (Centre Court) http://www.itnsource.com/shotlist//ITN/1983/06/22/AS220683016
3R d. Rosemary Casals 6-3, 6-4 (Court No. 2)
4R d. Wendy Turnbull [7] 7-5, 6-3 (Court No. 14)



QF d. Kathy Jordan 7-5, 6-4 (Court No. 1)



SF lost to Andrea Jaeger [3] 6-1, 6-1 (Centre Court) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aQsALqITgKk&feature=related http://www.itnsource.com/shotlist//ITN/1983/06/30/AS300683003








King leaving Centre Court for the last time in her singles career.

Women's doubles (with Chris Evert) (seeded [8]):
1R bye
2R d. Christiane Jolissaint / Petra Jauch Delhees 7-6, 6-2
3R lost to Kathy Jordan / Mima Jausovec [9] 5-7, 6-4, 6-3

Mixed doubles (with Steve Denton) (seeded [1]):
1R bye
2R d. R. Lewis / Michelle Torres 7-5, 6-3
3R d. David Lloyd / Sue Barker 6-1, 6-2
QF d. Tom Gullickson / Kathy Jordan [6] 6-1, 3-6, 6-3
SF d. Morris Skip Strode / Andrea Temesvári 6-4, 6-3
F lost to John Lloyd / Wendy Turnbull [2] 6-7(5), 7-6(5), 7-5 http://www.itnsource.com/shotlist//ITN/1983/07/03/AS030783006

King was the oldest woman ever to be seeded in the Wimbledon singles competition. She trailed 5-6 in the final set of her second round Centre Court match with Beth Herr, which lasted exactly 2 hours. "When I fell behind, I didn't think about losing or that it might be my last match there. I said to myself, 'I love this court. What's wrong with you?' Then I buckled down and fought as hard as I could. Yes, I think she should have beaten me. It wasn't the court that bothered me - it was the balls. They seemed very heavy. I couldn't get the feel. My forehand was awful." By defeating Wendy Turnbull in the fourth round, King became the oldest women's quarterfinalist since 40-year-old Margaret Osborne DuPont in 1958. In the quarterfinals, King won the first point on her service games 8 of 11 times compared to Kathy Jordan's 4 of 11 times. "I have gotten this far because I have worked all year on my serve and my backward and forward mobility, which ... are the most important aspects of my game on grass." This win made King the oldest women's semifinalist since Dorothea Douglas Lambert Chambers in 1920. But Andrea Jaeger thrashed King in the semifinals in 56 minutes. "I had no injuries. No troubles. I was totally prepared for the match. But I just couldn't do one thing I had planned to do. She just cleaned my clock." The only service break in the mixed doubles final occurred in the last game of the match.


This picture was taken sometime during this tournament.

Week of August 15
Player's Challenge Canadian Open, Toronto

Hard

Women's doubles (with Sharon Walsh Pete):
1R d. Kathleen Horvath / Yvonne Vermaak 6-4, 6-2
2R d. Camille Benjamin / Corinne Vanier 6-1, 6-1
QF d. Hana Mandlikova / Betsy Nagelsen 6-4, 6-0
SF lost to Candy Reynolds / Rosalyn Fairbank Nideffer 6-2, 7-6

Week of August 29
US Open, USTA National Tennis Center, New York City

Hard

Women's doubles (with Sharon Walsh Pete) (seeded [5]):
1R d. Elizabeth Minter / Anne Minter 6-1, 6-3
2R d. Larisa Savchenko Neiland / Svetlana Parkhomenko 6-3, 6-3
3R d. Gretchen Magers Rush / Louise Allen 6-3, 6-2
QF d. Wendy White Prausa / Bonnie Gadusek 6-1, 6-1
SF lost to Candy Reynolds / Rosalyn Fairbank Nideffer [2] 7-6, 2-6, 7-5

Mixed doubles (with Trey Waltke) (seeded [6]):
1R d. Ross Case / Mary Lou Piatek 6-7, 6-3, 6-3
2R lost to Syd Ball / Kim Shaefer 7-5, 6-4

Week of September 26
U.S. Indoor Championships, Hartford, Connecticut

Indoor carpet

Women's doubles (with Sharon Walsh Pete) (seeded [2]):
1R d. Claudia Monteiro / Yvonne Vermaak 6-4, 6-4
QF d. Mary Lou Daniels / Wendy White Prausa 6-4, 6-1
SF d. Barbara Jordan / Elizabeth Sayers Smylie 6-3, 6-3
F d. Barbara Potter / Kathy Jordan [4] 3-6, 6-3, 6-4

Week of November 21
New South Wales Building Society Open, Sydney, Australia

Grass

Women's doubles (with Sharon Walsh Pete) (seeded [1]):
1R d. Sherry Acker / Lele Forood 6-3, 6-0
2R d. Barbara Jordan / Elizabeth Sayers Smylie 6-4, 6-4
QF d. Alycia Moulton / Paula Smith [8] 6-4, 4-6, 6-4
SF lost to Wendy Turnbull / Anne Hobbs [6] 6-3, 6-2

Week of November 28
Australian Open, Melbourne

Grass
King was seeded [7]

1R d. Laura Bernstein 6-2, 6-2
2R lost to Catherine Tanvier 7-6, 4-6, 6-4

Women's doubles (with Sharon Walsh Pete) (seeded [2]):
1R d. Debbie Freeman / Annette Gully 6-1, 6-2
2R d. Jennifer Mundel / Ann Henricksson 6-0, 6-0
QF d. Ilana Kloss / Heather Ludloff 4-6, 6-4, 6-0
SF lost to Wendy Turnbull / Anne Hobbs [6] 6-4, 6-1

There was no mixed doubles event.
 

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1984-1990 (age 40-46)

Listed below is 1 singles tournament, with a win-loss record of 0-3 (0-3 indoor).

Week of January 9, 1984
Virginia Slims of California, Oakland, California

Indoor carpet

Women's doubles (with Sharon Walsh Pete) (seeded [2]):
1R lost to Sandy Collins / Kathleen Horvath 6-0, 3-6, 6-4

Week of February 6, 1984
Virginia Slims of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois

Indoor carpet

Women's doubles (with Sharon Walsh Pete) (seeded [1]):
1R d. Catherine Tanvier / Andrea Temesvari 6-3, 7-6(5)
QF d. Andrea Leand / Mary Lou Daniels 6-0, 7-5
SF d. Wendy Turnbull / Anne Hobbs [3] 6-4, 6-3
F d. Pam Shriver / Barbara Potter [4] 5-7, 6-3, 6-3

Week of February 20, 1984
U.S. Indoor Championships, Livingston, New Jersey

Indoor carpet

Women's doubles (with Sharon Walsh Pete) (seeded [2]):
1R d. Virginia Wade / Terry Holladay 6-2, 6-1
QF d. Bonnie Gadusek / Wendy White Prausa 6-3, 6-3
SF failed to advance by walkover versus Ann Kiyomura / Jo Durie [4]

Week of February 27, 1984
Virginia Slims Championships, Madison Square Garden, New York City

Indoor carpet

Women's doubles (with Sharon Walsh Pete) (seeded [2]):
QF d. Rosemary Casals / Wendy Turnbull 7-5, 4-6, 6-3
SF lost to Ann Kiyomura / Jo Durie 6-3, 7-5

Week of March 5, 1984
Bridgestone Doubles Championships, Tokyo

Indoor carpet
Played with Sharon Walsh Pete, seeded [1]

1R/QF d. Gigi Fernandez / Beth Herr 6-0, 2-6, 6-3
SF lost to Barbara Jordan / Elizabeth Sayers Smylie 6-0, 3-6, 7-6(4)

The following picture was taken sometime during this tournament.




Week of June 18, 1984
Eastbourne International, Eastbourne, United Kingdom

Grass

Women's doubles (with Rosemary Casals) (seeded [5]):
1R d. Pam Teeguarden / Beth Herr 7-5, 6-4
2R d. Terry Holladay / Kim Shaefer 7-6, 6-3
QF lost to Martina Navratilova / Pam Shriver [1] 6-2, 6-2

Week of July 25, 1984
McDonald's Australian Women's Indoor Championship, Sydney

Indoor

1RR lost to Hana Mandlikova [2] 6-2, 7-5
2RR lost to Pam Shriver 6-3, 6-2
3RR lost to Manuela Maleeva Fragniere 7-5, 3-6, 6-2

Week of August 27, 1984
US Open, USTA National Tennis Center, New York City

Hard

Women's doubles (with Chris Evert) (seeded [9]):
1R d. Claudia Monteiro / Yvonne Vermaak 3-6, 6-1, 6-0
2R d. Barbara Gerken / Penny Mager 6-2, 6-2
3R d. Kathy Jordan / Elizabeth Sayers Smylie [8] 6-4, 2-6, 7-6(1)
QF lost to Betsy Nagelsen / Anne White [15] 7-6(5), 4-6, 6-3

Mixed doubles (with Fritz Buehning) ([unseeded]):
1R d. Charles Cox / Wendy White Prausa 6-4, 6-1
2R d. Ken Flach / Felicia Raschiatore 6-2, 6-3
3R lost to Michael Fancutt / Candy Reynolds [8] 7-6, 6-4

Week of September 10, 1984
Belgian American Mixed Doubles Classic, Las Colinas Sports Club, Irving Texas

Partner was Kevin Curren

1R/QF: lost to Steve Denton / Kathy Jordan (score unknown)

Week of April 15, 1985
Sunkist / WTA Championships, Amelia Island, Florida

Clay

Women's doubles (with Rosemary Casals):
1R lost to Chris Evert / Carling Bassett Seguso [3] 6-7(3), 6-2, 6-1

Week of January 5, 1987
Chicago, Illinois

Indoor hard

Women's doubles (with Ilana Kloss):
1R d. Mandy Wilson / Amy Frazier 6-3, 6-3
QF lost to Mary Lou Daniels / Yvonne Vermaak [1] 6-3, 6-2

Week of June 12, 1989
Dow Classic, Birmingham, United Kingdom

Grass

Women's doubles (with Martina Navratilova):
1R d. Heather Ludloff / Maria Lindstrom 6-4, 7-5
2R lost to Julie Richardson / Anne Minter 6-4, 5-7, 7-5

Week of March 5, 1990
Virginia Slims of Florida, Boca Raton, Florida
Hard

Women's doubles (with Jennifer Capriati):
1R d. Laura Golarsa / Claudia Porwik 6-2, 6-3
2R lost to Brenda Schultz McCarthy / Andrea Temesvari [6] 6-3, 6-2
 

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All-surface head-to-head singles record

Some head-to-head singles records (including the National Tennis League but not World Team Tennis):

King 52, Rosemary Casals 11 (King won all 4 Grand Slam singles matches and 48 of their last 56 matches overall)
King 40, Ann Haydon Jones 13
King 31, Virginia Wade 11 (King won 5 of 6 Grand Slam singles matches)
King 29, Francoise Durr 7
King 25, Kerry Melville Reid 8
King 20, Karen Krantzcke 2
King 20, Julie Heldman 4 (all of Heldman's wins were in 3 sets, including the infamous 1973 US Open third round match)
King 19, Betty Stove 2
King 18, Nancy Richey 12 (Richey won 8 of first 11 before King won 15 of last 19)
King 16, Mary Ann Eisel Curtis Beattie 1
King 13, Kathy Harter 0
King 13, Evonne Goolagong Cawley 3 (King won 6 of 7 Grand Slam singles matches)
King 13, Margaret Smith Court 21 (after Court won 9 of first 10, they finished 12-12)
King 12, Lesley Hunt 0
King 12, Helen Gourlay Cawley 0 (1971 French Open runner-up and 1977 (December) Australian Open runner-up)
King 12, Carole Caldwell Graebner 3
King 11, Wendy Turnbull 1
King 11, Judy Tegart Dalton 3
King 10, Kristen Kemmer Shaw 0 (King won 20 of 21 sets)
King 10, Wendy Overton 1
King 9, Cecilia Martinez 0
King 9, Pam Teeguarden 0
King 9, Valerie Ziegenfuss 1
King 8, Tory Fretz 0
King 8, Maria Bueno 5 (King won 6 of 7 Grand Slam singles matches and the last 6 matches overall)
King 7, Carol Loop 1
King 7, Sharon Walsh Pete 0
King 7, Lesley Turner Bowrey 3 (Turner Bowrey upset 2nd-seeded King in the quarterfinals of the 1969 French Championships)
King 7, Virginia Ruzici 3 (King won their only match on clay)
King 7, Dianne Fromholtz Balestrat 8
King 7, Chris Evert 20 (Evert won the last 12 and inflicted 6 of King's 9 worst singles losses)
King 6, Renata Tomanova 0 (Tomanova was the runner-up at the 1976 Australian and French Opens)
King 6, Winnie Shaw Wooldridge 0
King 6, Martina Navratilova 11 (King won the first 4 but Navratilova won the last 5 and 11 of the last 13)
King 5, Gwyneth Thomas 0
King 5, Lita Liem Sugiarto 0
King 5, Peaches Bartkowicz 0
King 5, Kristy Pigeon 0
King 5, Nell Truman 1
King 4, Mareen "Peanut" Louie Harper 0
King 4, Kathy Jordan 0 (King thumped Jordan at 1983 Wimbledon two rounds after Jordan beat Evert)
King 4, Anne Smith 0
King 4, Carol Hanks Aucamp 0 (Hanks Aucamp won the 1963 U.S. Indoor Championships)
King 4, Justina Bricka Horwitz 1 (Bricka Horwitz won King's first career singles match at the U.S. Championships)
King 4, Lea Pericoli 1
King 4, Pam Shriver 1 (a short but heated rivalry)
King 4, Barbara Potter 1
King 4, Annette Van Zyl DuPlooy 1 (DuPlooy upset top-seeded King in the quarterfinals of the 1967 French Championships)
King 4, Mima Jausovec 1 (Jausovec won the 1977 French Open)
King 4, Ann Kiyomura 2
King 4, Sue Barker 2
King 4, Edda Buding 2
King 4, Sylvia Hanika 2
King 4, Helga Niessen Masthoff 4 (all on clay; Niessen Masthoff played the US Open only once)
King 3, Florenta Mihai 0
King 3, Julie Anthony 0 (at one time, Anthony was touted as the next Maureen Connolly)
King 3, Pat Cody 0
King 3, Greer Stevens 1
King 3, Bernice Carr Vukovich 1
King 3, Kathy Chabot Willette 2
King 3, Olga Morozova 2 (Morozova upset King, the two-time defending champion, in the 1974 Wimbledon quarterfinals)
King 3, Christine Truman Janes 2 (King won an epic 19-17 set at the 1963 Wightman Cup on clay)
King 3, Karen Hantze Susman 5 (Hantze Susman won Wimbledon in 1962)
King 2, Mary Bevis Hawton 0
King 2, Madge "Bunny" Vosters 0 (King was 18, Vosters 42 during their last match)
King 2, Deidre Catt Keller McMahon 1
King 2, Hana Mandlikova 4
King 2, Tracy Austin 5 (King said her 4-6, 6-2, 6-0 win in Cincinnati in January 1983 was one of her best matches ever)

King 1, Shirley Bloomer Brasher 0 (Bloomer Brasher won the 1957 French Championships)
King 1, Andrea Jaeger 1 (Jaeger won King's last career singles match at Wimbledon)
King 1, Robin Ebbern Vincenzi 1
King 1, Darlene Hard 3 (never played each other in a Grand Slam tournament)
King 1, Dorothy Bundy Cheney 4 (Bundy Cheney won their first 4; King was 16 and Bundy Cheney 43 when they first played)

King 0, Margaret Osborne DuPont 1 (King was 16, Osborne DuPont was 42; the latter won 6 Grand Slam singles titles, 21 Grand Slam women's doubles titles, and 10 Grand Slam mixed doubles titles)
King 0, Renee Schuurman Haygarth 1
King 0, Dorothy Head Knode 1 (Head Knode was twice the runner-up at the French Championships)
King 0, Yola Ramirez Ochoa 1 (King's first career singles match at Wimbledon)
King 0, Manuela Maleeva Fragniere 1 (King's last career singles match)


King 0, Sandra Reynolds Price 0
King 0, Angela Mortimer Barrett 0
King 0, Althea Gibson 0
King 0, Jan Lehane O'Neill 0
King 0, Vera Puzejova Sukova 0
King 0, Helena Sukova 0
King 0, Zsuzsi Kormoczy 0
King 0, Zina Garrison 0
King 0, Christine O'Neill 0
King 0, Lorraine Coghlan Robinson 0
King 0, Nell Hall Hopman 0
King 0, Mary Carter Reitano 0
King 0, Patricia Ward Hales 0
 

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Discussion Starter #31 (Edited)
Grass court head-to-head singles record

King's career singles record against her main rivals on grass:

King 17, Virginia Wade 3
King 12, Ann Haydon Jones 3
King 10, Karen Krantzcke 1
King 10, Rosemary Casals 2
King 9, Kerry Melville Reid 5
King 8, Carole Caldwell Graebner 0
King 7, Judy Tegart Dalton 2
King 7, Margaret Smith Court 14
King 6, Mary Ann Eisel Curtis Beattie 0
King 6, Lesley Turner Bowrey 2
King 5, Kathy Harter Marcus Shubin 0
King 5, Francoise Durr 1
King 5, Julie Heldman 1
King 5, Evonne Goolagong Cawley 2
King 4, Sharon Walsh Pete 0
King 4, Winnie Shaw Wooldridge 0
King 3, Helen Gourlay Cawley 0
King 3, Betty Stove 0
King 3, Tory Fretz 0
King 3, Lesley Hunt 0
King 3, Karen Hantze Susman 2
King 3, Maria Bueno 2
King 3, Chris Evert 4
King 2, Renata Tomanova 0
King 2, Kristien Kemmer Shaw 0
King 2, Wendy Turnbull 0
King 2, Stephanie DeFina Johnson Hagan 0
King 2, Sue Barker 0
King 2, Pam Shriver 0
King 2, Anne Smith 0
King 2, Pam Teeguarden 0
King 2, Annette Van Zyl Duplooy 0
King 2, Olga Morozova 1
King 2, Justina Bricka Horwitz 1
King 2, Christine Truman Janes 1
King 1, Kathy Jordan 0
King 1, Peaches Bartkowicz 0
King 1, Hana Mandlikova 0
King 1, Greer Stevens 0
King 1, Dianne Fromholtz Balestrat 0
King 1, Robyn Ebbern Vincenzi 0
King 1, Carol Loop 0
King 1, Bettina Bunge 0
King 1, Tracy Austin 1
King 1, Edda Buding Düchting 1
King 1, Martina Navratilova 2
King 1, Nancy Richey 4
King 0, Margaret Osborne DuPont 1
King 0, Andrea Jaeger 1
King 0, Virginia Ruzici 1
King 0, Darlene Hard 2

King played the following women but never on grass: Dorothy Bundy Cheney, Helga Niessen Masthoff, Manuela Maleeva Fragniere, Dorothy Head Knode, Valerie Ziegenfuss, Sylvia Hanika, Wendy Overton, and Mima Jausovec.
 

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Discussion Starter #32 (Edited)
Clay court head-to-head singles record

King's career singles record against her main rivals on clay (including indoor clay):

King 5, Nancy Richey 1
King 4, Helen Gourlay Cawley 0
King 4, Karen Krantzcke 1
King 4, Kerry Melville Reid 2
King 4, Francoise Durr 3
King 4, Helga Niessen Masthoff 4
King 3, Lesley Hunt 0
King 3, Betty Stove 0
King 3, Valerie Ziegenfuss 0
King 3, Ann Haydon Jones 2
King 2, Pam Teeguarden 0
King 2, Julie Heldman 1
King 2, Virginia Wade 2
King 2, Rosemary Casals 2
King 1, Maria Bueno 0
King 1, Evonne Goolagong Cawley 0
King 1, Winnie Shaw Wooldridge 0
King 1, Peaches Bartkowicz 0
King 1, Mary Ann Eisel Curtis Beattie 0
King 1, Sylvia Hanika 0
King 1, Virginia Ruzici 0
King 1, Renata Tomanova 0
King 1, Anne Smith 0
King 1, Kathy Harter Marcus Shubin 0
King 1, Margaret Smith Court 1
King 1, Edda Buding Düchting 1
King 1, Annette Van Zyl DuPlooy 1
King 1, Christine Truman Janes 1
King 1, Judy Tegart Dalton 1
King 0, Robyn Ebbern Vincenzi 1
King 0, Dorothy Head Knode 1
King 0, Carol Loop 1
King 0, Hana Mandlikova 1

King 0, Dianne Fromholtz Balestrat 1
King 0, Lesley Turner Bowrey 1
King 0, Chris Evert 6


King played the following women but never on clay: Justina Bricka Horwitz, Stephanie DeFina Johnson Hagan, Tory Fretz, Sharon Walsh, Martina Navratilova, Andrea Jaeger, Tracy Austin, Manuela Maleeva Fragniere, Wendy Turnbull, Greer Stevens, Kristien Kemmer Shaw, Bettina Bunge, Sue Barker, Mima Jausovec, Darlene Hard, Margaret Osborne DuPont, Carole Caldwell Graebner, Karen Hantze Susman, Pam Shriver, Kathy Jordan, and Olga Morozova.
 

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Discussion Starter #33 (Edited)
Outdoor hard courts head-to-head singles record

King's career singles record against her main rivals on outdoor hard courts:

King 12, Rosemary Casals 1
King 6, Ann Haydon Jones 4
King 5, Kerry Melville Reid 0
King 5, Kristien Kemmer Shaw 0
King 5, Carol Loop 0
King 5, Nancy Richey 4
King 4, Lesley Hunt 0
King 4, Kathy Harter Marcus Shubin 0
King 4, Betty Stove 1
King 4, Julie Heldman 1
King 4, Margaret Smith Court 2
King 3, Francoise Durr 1
King 3, Carole Caldwell Graebner 3
King 2, Wendy Turnbull 0
King 2, Mary Ann Eisel Curtis Beattie 0
King 2, Judy Tegart Dalton 0
King 2, Wendy Overton 0
King 2, Tory Fretz 0
King 2, Edda Buding Düchting 0
King 2, Helen Gourlay Cawley 0
King 2, Virginia Wade 1
King 2, Maria Bueno 2
King 1, Evonne Goolagong Cawley 0
King 1, Stephanie DeFina Johnson Hagan 0
King 1, Annette Van Zyl Duplooy 0
King 1, Virginia Ruzici 0
King 1, Mima Jausovec 0
King 1, Karen Krantzcke 0
King 1, Martina Navratilova 1
King 1, Sylvia Hanika 1
King 1, Valerie Ziegenfuss 1
King 1, Darlene Hard 1
King 1, Dianne Fromholtz Balestrat 2
King 1, Dorothy Bundy Cheney 4
King 0, Hana Mandlikova 1
King 0, Karen Hantze Susman 2
King 0, Chris Evert 5


King played the following women but never on outdoor hard courts: Renata Tomanova, Lesley Turner Bowrey, Sue Barker, Pam Shriver, Sharon Walsh, Pam Teeguarden, Olga Morozova, Justina Bricka Horwitz, Christine Truman Janes, Anne Smith, Kathy Jordan, Greer Stevens, Tracy Austin, Manuela Maleeva Fragniere, Bettina Bunge, Margaret Osborne DuPont, Andrea Jaeger, Winnie Shaw Wooldridge, Peaches Bartkowicz, Helga Niessen Masthoff, Robyn Ebbern Vincenzi, and Dorothy Head Knode.
 

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Discussion Starter #34 (Edited)
Indoor courts head-to-head singles record

King's career singles record against her main rivals on indoor courts (not including clay):

King 21, Rosemary Casals 5
King 16, Ann Haydon Jones 2
King 14, Francoise Durr 1
King 10, Virginia Wade 5
King 8, Betty Stove 1
King 7, Julie Heldman 1
King 7, Wendy Turnbull 1
King 7, Mary Ann Eisel Curtis Beattie 1
King 7, Nancy Richey 3
King 6, Kerry Melville Reid 1
King 6, Evonne Goolagong Cawley 1
King 5, Pam Teeguarden 0
King 5, Virginia Ruzici 2
King 5, Dianne Fromholtz Balestrat 5
King 4, Wendy Overton 0
King 4, Valerie Ziegenfuss 0
King 4, Karen Krantzcke 0
King 4, Chris Evert 4
King 4, Martina Navratilova 8
King 3, Kristien Kemmer Shaw 0
King 3, Peaches Bartkowicz 0
King 3, Kathy Jordan 0
King 3, Sharon Walsh Pete 0
King 3, Kathy Harter Marcus Shubin 0
King 3, Tory Fretz 0
King 3, Renata Tomanova 0
King 3, Stephanie DeFina Johnson Hagan 0
King 3, Mima Jausovec 1
King 2, Helen Gourlay Cawley 0
King 2, Justina Bricka Horwitz 0
King 2, Lesley Hunt 0
King 2, Pam Shriver 1
King 2, Greer Stevens 1
King 2, Sylvia Hanika 1
King 2, Bettina Bunge 2
King 2, Sue Barker 2
King 1, Lesley Turner Bowrey 0
King 1, Judy Tegart Dalton 0
King 1, Andrea Jaeger 0
King 1, Anne Smith 0
King 1, Winnie Shaw Wooldridge 0
King 1, Carole Caldwell Graebner 0
King 1, Olga Morozova 1
King 1, Hana Mandlikova 2
King 1, Margaret Smith Court 4
King 1, Tracy Austin 4
King 0, Manuela Maleeva Fragniere 1
King 0, Karen Hantze Susman 1


King played the following women but never on indoor courts: Dorothy Bundy Cheney, Margaret Osborne duPont, Dorothy Head Knode, Darlene Hard, Christine Truman Janes, Helga Niessen Masthoff, Maria Bueno, Robyn Ebbern Vincenzi, Carol Loop, Edda Buding Düchting, and Annette Van Zyl Duplooy.
 

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Discussion Starter #35 (Edited)
Unknown court surface head-to-head singles record

King's career singles record against her main rivals on unknown court surfaces:

King 7, Rosemary Casals 1
King 3, Francoise Durr 1
King 3, Ann Haydon Jones 2
King 1, Karen Krantzcke 0
King 1, Julie Heldman 0
King 1, Betty Stove 0
King 1, Helen Gourlay Cawley 0
King 1, Carol Loop 0
King 1, Kerry Melville Reid 0
King 1, Valerie Ziegenfuss 0
King 1, Wendy Overton 1
King 0, Chris Evert 1
 

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Discussion Starter #36 (Edited)
List of tournaments with unknown surface

Here is a list of King's tournaments with an unknown surface. I can make an educated guess about many of them, but I would rather not do that. I've put Nancy Richey's name beside the tournaments that I know she played.

1960: Palm Desert Invitational , Shadow Mountain Club, Palm Desert, California, U.S.
1964: University of Arizona Invitational Tennis Tournament, Tucson, U.S.
1964: National Invitational, Midland, Texas, U.S.
1966: Thunderbird Invitational Tennis Tournament, Phoenix, Arizona, U.S.
1968: National Tennis League Professional Tour, Aix-en-Provence, France
1968: Wembley Professional Lawn Tennis Tournament, London
1968: National Tennis League Professional Tour, Binghamton, New York, U.S.
1969: International Pro Tennis Invitational, Seattle, Washington, U.S.
1969: Swiss International Open, Gstaad
1969: Saint Louis Professional Tournament, Dwight Davis Tennis Center, Saint Louis, Missouri, U.S.
1969: Masters Tennis Tournament, Highland Racquette and Riding Club, Binghamton, New York, U.S.
1969: Cal-Neva Professional Tennis Tournament, Incline Village, Nevada, U.S.
1969: Midland Racquet Club Invitational, Midland, Texas, U.S.
1969: Howard Hughes Open, Frontier Hotel, Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S. (Richey played)
1969: Professional tournament in connection with dedication of the Sherwood Center, Whitman College, Walla Walla, Washington, U.S.
1969: South American and Argentine Open, Buenos Aires, Argentina
1970: Cape Town, South Africa
1971: Virginia Slims Invitational, Sewanee and Chattanooga, Tennessee, U.S.
1971: WLOD International Tennis Championships (Virginia Slims), Fort Lauderdale, Florida, U.S.
1971: London Grass Courts Tennis Championships, Queen's Club, London (quarterfinal against Helen Gourlay Cawley - rain caused this tournament to be played on both grass and wood)
1971: Virginia Slims Invitational, Louisville, Kentucky, U.S.
1973: Virginia Slims, Jacksonville, Florida, U.S.
1973: Toray Sillok, Tokyo (Richey played)
1973: Gulf Coast Professional Women's Tennis Tournament, Mobile, Alabama, U.S.
1973: Virginia Slims, Denver, Colorado, U.S.
1973: Faberge International of Phoenix Tennis Tournament (Virginia Slims), Phoenix, Arizona, U.S. (Richey played)
1973: Hawaii Virginia Slims, Honolulu, Hawaii, U.S.
1977: Lionel Cup, Port Washingon Tennis Academy, North Hempstead, New York, U.S.
1983: Triumph International, Johannesburg, South Africa (definitely outdoor)
 

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Discussion Starter #37 (Edited)
Most decisive scores in King's singles matches

KING'S WORST LOSSES (based on games won by King):
Chris Evert 6-1, 6-0: Fort Lauderdale, 1972 (clay)
Chris Evert 6-0, 6-1: Family Circle Cup, 1977 (clay)
Chris Evert 6-1, 6-0: US Open, 1979 (hard)

Caroline Yates Bell 6-2, 6-0: London Grass Courts Tennis Championships, 1962 (grass)
Maria Bueno 6-2, 6-0: Kent Championships, Beckenham, 1965 (grass)
Chris Evert 6-1, 6-1: San Francisco, 1975 (indoor)
Chris Evert 6-2, 6-0: US Open, 1977 (clay)
Chris Evert 6-1, 6-1: Virginia Slims Championships, New York City, 1983 (indoor)
Andrea Jaeger 6-1, 6-1: Wimbledon, 1983 (grass)

Edda Buding Duchting 6-2, 6-1: U.S. Clay Court Championships, 1961 (clay)
Linda Vail 6-2, 6-1: Pacific Coast Championships, 1961 (hard)
Ann Haydon Jones 6-1, 6-2: National Tennis League, Fort Worth, 1968 (hard)
Kerry Melville Reid 6-3, 6-0: Italian Open, Rome, 1969 (clay)
Francoise Durr 6-3, 6-0: International Lawn Tennis Tournament, Christchurch, New Zealand, 1971 (grass)
Francoise Durr 6-3, 6-0: Independent Press-Telegram's Women's Tennis Championship, Long Beach, California, 1972 (hard)
Chris Evert 6-1, 6-2: Wimbledon, 1977 (grass)
Michelle Tyler 6-3, 6-0: Florida Federal Open, Palm Harbor, Florida, 1977 (clay)
Tracy Austin 6-3, 6-0: Avon Tour, Boston, 1980 (indoor)
Martina Navratilova 6-2, 6-1: Avon Championships, New York City, 1980 (indoor)
Kate Latham 6-3, 6-0: Avon Tour, Boston, 1981 (indoor)
Sue Barker 6-2, 6-1: Houston, Texas, U.S., 1982 (indoor)

KING'S MOST DECISIVE WINS (based on games won by opponent):
Randy Rayburn 6-0, 6-0: Pacific Southwest Championships, 1963 (hard)
Louise Gonnerman 6-0, 6-0: U.S. Indoor Championships, 1966 (indoor)
Elizabeth Blackford 6-0, 6-0: Eastern Grass Court Championships, 1966 (grass)
Karal Gagliano 6-0, 6-0: New England Women's Invitational Indoor Tennis Championships, 1967 (indoor)
Julie Holt 6-0, 6-0: Charlotte Invitation Tennis Tournament, 1967 (clay)
Mary Larreco 6-0, 6-0: Pacific Southwest Championships, 1967 (hard)
Ann Murphy 6-0, 6-0: New England Women's Invitational Indoor Championships, 1968 (indoor)
Jade Shiffman 6-0, 6-0: U.S. Indoor Championships, 1968 (indoor artificial grass)
Melanie Muller 6-0, 6-0: South African Open, 1969 (hard)
Shirley Houlihan 6-0, 6-0: Irish Open, 1969 (grass)
Marion Hofer 6-0, 6-0: Berlin, 1970 (clay)
Odile De Roubin 6-0, 6-0: French Open, 1970 (clay)
Ann Haydon Jones 6-0, 6-0: British Motor Car Invitational, San Francisco, 1971 (indoor)
Pam Austin 6-0, 6-0: Jacksonville, Florida, 1972 (clay)
Julie Heldman 6-0, 6-0: Quincy, Massachusetts, 1973 (indoor)
Ingrid Bentzer 6-0, 6-0: Orlando, Florida, 1974 (clay)
Frederique Thibault 6-0, 6-0: Federation Cup, Eastbourne, United Kingdom, 1977 (grass)
 

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Discussion Starter #38 (Edited)
Notable scores in singles matches

King d. Sylvia Hanika 6-0, 0-6, 6-3: Italian Open, 1982 (clay)

Margaret Smith Court d. King 6-3, 7-6(11): Philadelphia, 1970 (indoor)

Nancy Richey d. King 7-9, 6-2, 8-6: Middle States Grass Court Championships, Philadelphia, 1959 (grass)

King d. Nancy Richey 7-5, 3-6, 8-6: Eastern Grass Court Championships, South Orange, New Jersey, 1964 (grass)

Nancy Richey d. King 6-3, 1-6, 6-4: Piping Rock Invitational, Locust Valley, New York, 1964 (grass)

King d. Christine Truman Janes 6-4, 19-17: Wightman Cup, 1963 (clay)

King d. Ann Haydon Jones 17-15, 6-3: Los Angeles, 1969 (indoor)

King d. Cecilia Martinez 16-14, 6-2: Portola Valley, California, 1965 (hard)

King d. Ann Haydon Jones 16-14, 6-2: U.S. Championships, 1965 (grass)

Margaret Smith Court d. King 14-12, 11-9: Wimbledon, 1970 (grass)

King d. Mary Ann Eisel Curtis Beattie 13-11, 3-6, 6-2: Eastern Grass Court Championships, 1967 (grass)

King d. Virginia Wade 13-11, 6-4: Hoylake, United Kingdom, 1971 (grass)

King d. Judy Tegart Dalton 12-10, 7-5: Victorian Championships, Melbourne, 1967 (grass)

King d. Ann Haydon Jones 12-10, 6-3: Los Angeles, 1968 (indoor)

King d. Norma Baylon 12-10, 9-7: Federation Cup, 1964 (grass)

King d. Jill Blackman 7-5, 12-10: Wimbledon, 1965 (grass)

King d. Elena Subirats 10-12, 6-0, 6-2: Tulsa, 1966 (clay)

Mary Ann Eisel Curtis Beattie d. King 6-4, 5-7, 11-9: New England Women's Invitational Indoor Tennis Championships, 1967 (indoor)

King d. Ann Haydon Jones 11-9, 6-4: U.S. Championships, 1967 (grass)

King d. Karen Krantzcke 11-9, 7-5: Australian Open, 1969 (grass)

King d. Virginia Wade 6-8, 11-9, 6-2: Bristol, United Kingdom, 1969 (grass)

Margaret Smith Court d. King 1-6, 6-3, 11-9: Dallas, U.S., 1970 (hard)

King d. Taylor 6-0, 11-9: U.S. Hard Court Championships, 1960 (hard)

King d. Mandy Mandell 11-9, 6-4: Los Angeles, 1961 (hard)

Lesley Turner Bowrey d. King 4-6, 11-9, 6-0: Beckenham, United Kingdom, 1961 (grass)

Yola Ramirez Ochoa d. King 11-9, 1-6, 6-2: Wimbledon, 1961 (grass)

King d. Carole Caldwell Graebner 11-9, 6-2: Los Angeles, 1962 (hard)

Darlene Hard d. King 11-9, 6-2: Merion, Pennsylvania, 1963 (grass)

King d. Karen Hantze Susman 6-4, 4-6, 11-9: Manchester-by-the-Sea, Massachusetts, 1964 (grass)
 

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Discussion Starter #39 (Edited)
Miscellaneous statistics

King's singles record in all sets that lasted 12 or more games: 314-155 67.0%
King's singles record in sets decided by a tiebreaker: 75-40 65.2%
King's singles record in sets that lasted 12 or more games, not decided by a tiebreaker: 239-115 67.5%

King's singles record against top-seeded players: 15-30 33.3%
King's singles record against second-seeded players: 44-19 69.8%
King's singles record as 2nd seed against top seed: 5-8 38.5%
King's singles record as top seed against 2nd seed: 28-6 82.4%

King's singles losses by mid-match retirement: 10
King's singles wins by mid-match retirement: 1

King's record in singles finals: 132-55 70.6%

King's singles record in Australia: 54-20 73.0%
King's singles record on grass in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Maryland, New York (exluding the U.S. Championships/Open): 100-17 85.5%

King's singles wins that included her losing a 6-0 set: 4
King's singles losses that included her winning a 6-0 set: 4
 

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Discussion Starter #40 (Edited)
1974 World Team Tennis singles scores

I'm trying to piece together BJK's 1974 World Team Tennis record in singles. I am missing 1 of her wins. Here is what I have so far (47-8 in sets):

Evonne Goolagong Cawley 6, King 3 - May 5
King 6, Evonne Goolagong Cawley 2 - May 5
King 6, Evonne Goolagong Cawley 2 - May 7
King 6, Evonne Goolagong Cawley 4 - May 7
King 6, Kerry Melville Reid 4 - May 8
King 6, Kerry Melville Reid 0 - May 8
King 6, Ann Kiyomura 2 - May 11
King 6, Valerie Ziegenfuss 2 - May 11
King 6, Betty Stove 3 - May 13
King 6, Betty Stove 2 - May 13
Nancy Richey 6, King 3 - May 15
King 7, Nancy Richey 5 - May 15
King 6, Joyce Williams Hume 1 - May 17
King 6, Marita Redondo 3 - May 20
King 6, Laurie Fleming 0 - May 22
King 6, Wendy Overton 2 - May 23
King 6, Pam Teeguarden 2 - May 25
King 6, Sue Stap 3 - May 29
King 6, Ann Haydon Jones 4 - June 1
Francoise Durr 6, King 2 - June 2
King 6, Lesley Turner Bowrey 2 - June 6
King 6, Lesley Hunt 4 - June 10
King 6, Valerie Ziegenfuss 1 - June 12
King 7(5), Kerry Melville Reid 6(3) - June 16
King 6, Kathy Kuykendall 3 - July 8
King 7, Jan Lehane O'Neill 5 - July 9
King 6, Nancy Richey 2 - July 11
King 6, Laura DuPont 4 - July 13
King 6, Betty Ann Grubb 2 - July 16
King 6, Sue Stap 3 - July 18
King 7, Rosemary Casals 5 - July 20
King 6, Virginia Wade 3 - July 22
King 6, Ann Haydon Jones 2 - July 23
King 6, Laura Rossouw 3 - July 25
Virginia Wade 6, King 2 - July 26
King 6, Kerry Melville Reid 2 - July 28
King 6, Lesley Hunt/Ilana Kloss 1 - July 29
King 6, Francoise Durr 4 - July 30
King 6, Jan Lehane O'Neill/Laura Rossouw 0 - August 1
King 6, Evonne Goolagong Cawley 4 - August 3
King 6, Rosemary Casals 1 - August 5 (King is reported to be 37-4 through this match)
Evonne Goolagong Cawley 6, King 3 - August 6
King 7, Kathy Kuykendall 6 - August 9
King 6, Laura DuPont 1 - August 10
King 6, Janet Newberry 3 - August 12
King 6, Kerry Harris 1 - August 13
King 6, Helen Gourlay Cawley 3 - August 14
Virginia Wade 6, King 4 - August 16
King 6, Rosemary Casals 2 - August 18
Nancy Richey 6, King 1 - August 19
King 6, Nancy Richey 4 - August 20
King 6, Evonne Goolagong Cawley 2 - August 22
King 7(5), Evonne Goolagong Cawley 6(0) - August 23
Francoise Durr 6, King 4 - August 24
King 6, Francoise Durr 4 - August 26
 
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