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Inside Sport By Robert Drane Summary

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“There was a time when Billie Jean King was always in the news.” Robert Drane writes about the uphills of women's tennis for Inside Sport. Being a respected tennis athlete as a girl in the 1970s was all but easy, but Billie Jean King demanded the respect she deserved. Drane shows the readers that King altered the way women’s sports were looked at, which led to an even bigger movement in women’s equality. King had always been a huge feminist advocate and Drane writes about her strength as a player and a person. Using logical facts and King’s credibility the article successfully shows how King changed the course of women’s tennis, when it seemed there was no hope.
First, Drane goes on to show the reader that King was highly respected in women's tennis. He states, “After all, she won a total of 12 grand slam singles titles, including six Wimbledons, a total of 39 grand slam titles altogether, and had celebrated rivalries with Margaret Court, Chris Evert, and Martina Navratilova.” She had so
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Former Wimbledon champion, Bobby Riggs decided that women's tennis was not worthy of any fame, as he claimed he could beat any of their top players, even at age 55. Drane writes that King was challenged by him in a match, it was a famous match named the battle of the sexes. King knew that losing this match would “set us back 50 years... It would ruin women’s tennis and affect all women’s self-esteem.” After he beat Australia's Margaret Court, he dubbed himself as a “hustler”. King wanted to prove herself and make Riggs ‘eat his words’ as they say. So she did, when she won 6-4, 6-3, 6-3, against Riggs. The event drew 30,500 people and was aired in 37 countries. The stats do not lie, King was a force to be reckoned with and she would not back down when it came to saving her good name and the reputation of women around the
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