The week after, King again defeated Wade to win the Irish Open for the second time in her career. I feel like a kid again.
This was the first year since that King did not win at least one Grand Slam singles title. Her mother excelled at swimming, her father played basketball, baseball and ran track. Jones pulled her left hamstring muscle early in the final and saved four match points in the second set before King prevailed.
King returned to singles competition at the Wimbledon warm-up tournament in Chichester. But in earlyKing admitted that cramps associated with the abortion caused the retirement. In the quarterfinals, Evert defeated King for the first time at a Grand Slam singles tournament and for the first time on grass 6—1, 6—2 in just 46 minutes.
Next up was a semifinal match with the four-time defending champion and top-seeded Chris Evert; however, with King hampered by a neck injury sustained during a bear hug with a friend the day before the match, Evert won 6—1, 6—0, including the last eleven games and 48 of the last 63 points.
You paid the price. At WimbledonKing played with a painful heel spur in her left foot and lost to Evert in the quarterfinals for the second consecutive year 6—3, 3—6, 6—2. That was followed by straight set wins over Rosemary Casals and Goolagong.
In none of the preceding tournaments, however, did King play Court. Court, however, was not totally dominant during this period as King defeated her in Sydney and Durban, South Africa. But King recovered the next week to win the German Open in Hamburg on clay.
King rebounded to win her third consecutive Wimbledon singles title, defeating Jones in the semifinals and Dalton in the final. Looking back, King said, "I wasted King then won the French Open without losing a set and completed a career Grand Slam. Playing the French Open for only the second time in her career and attempting to win four consecutive Grand Slam singles titles a "non-calendar year Grand Slam"King defeated Maria Bueno in a quarterfinal before losing to Gunter in a semifinal 2—6, 6—3, 6—4.
The only other years she competed at the championship and did not feature in a final were and She then played two clay court tournaments in Europe, winning neither, before resuming play in the United States.
She defeated Navratilova all four times they played, including three times in three consecutive weeks, and beat Wimbledon champion Virginia Wade twice.
The inconsistent results continued through mid-April, in Oklahoma City losing in the quarterfinals ; Washington, D.
King won a total of only two points during the last two games. Perhaps there was irony in this in that as the Wimbledon champion with the most titles in its history, the event was celebrating its centenary in the year King failed to make a final for the first time.
She defeated the reigning Wimbledon champion, Martina Navratilova, in a minute quarterfinal 6—1, 6—2  before losing to Evonne Goolagong Cawley in the semifinals 1—6, 6—4, 10—8. She won the last seven Grand Slam singles finals she contested, six of them in straight sets and four of them against Evonne Goolagong.
At WimbledonKing lost only 13 points while defeating Rosemary Casals in the semifinals 6—1, 6—0;  however, Jones upset King in the final and prevented King from winning her fourth consecutive singles title there.
King served for the match at 5—1 and had a match point at 5—3 in the second set; however, she lost the final 12 games and the match 4—6, 7—5, 6—0. King said, "I have never had a run like this, even in the years when I was Wimbledon champion.
This was followed in successive weeks by a loss in the Jacksonville final to Marie Neumannova Pinterova and in a St. The following week in Indian Wells, CaliforniaKing again defeated Gunter in the semifinals but lost to Evert in the final. During the Federation Cup 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 returned to the tour in September, where she had a first round loss at the Virginia Slims Invitational in Houston and a semifinal loss at the Pacific Coast Championships in Berkeley, California.
King won five of the eight tournaments she entered plus both of her Wightman Cup matches. Unlike the previous year, King did not win a tournament. So, despite my age and the operations, the Old Lady came back Seeded third at Wimbledon, King defeated seventh seeded Morozova in the quarterfinals 6—3, 6—3 and then top seeded Evert in the semifinals 2—6, 6—2, 6—3 after being down 3—0 40—15 in the final set.
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.
Olga Morozova then upset King in her next two tournaments, at Philadelphia in the final and at Wimbledon in a quarterfinal 7—5, 6—2.
She won the title in San Francisco in mid-January. King did not reach a tournament final during the remainder of the year, losing to Heldman in an Orlando semifinal, Wade in a Phoenix semifinal, and Goolagong in a semifinal of the tour-ending Virginia Slims Championships in Los Angeles.
The following week, King won the Sarasota, Florida tournament, defeating Evert in the final 6—3, 6—2. She was the year-ending World No.Billie Jean King is a former U. S.
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