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Tennis' King vs. Riggs in 'A Necessary Spectacle

Book critic Maureen Corrigan reviews A Necessary Spectacle: Billie Jean King, Bobby Riggs, and the Tennis Match that Leveled the Game. It's about the 1973 battle of the sexes match that inspired great bravado and even greater publicity.

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Pioneer Billie Jean King Moved The Baseline For Women's Tennis

A new PBS documentary looks at King's legacy both as a tennis champion -- she has a record 20 Wimbledon titles -- and the leader of a female player uprising that demanded fairer treatment and pay. She tells Fresh Air about the challenges of being a female player before there was a women's league.

Tennis player and equal rights advocate Billie Jean King
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Pioneer Billie Jean King Moved The Baseline For Women's Tennis.

A PBS documentary looks at King's legacy as both a tennis champion — she has a record 20 Wimbledon titles — and the leader of a female player uprising that demanded fairer treatment and pay. She tells Fresh Air about the challenges of being a female player before there was a women's league.

This interview was originally broadcast on Sept. 12, 2013.

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