Billie Jean King wins the 1973 Battle of the Sexes tennis match.

On September 20, 1973, top tennis player Billie Jean King defeated former men’s No. 1 tennis player Bobby Riggs in a “Battle of the Sexes” match. Watch the video above to learn more. King beat Riggs in straight sets, 6-4 , 6-3, 6-3. More than 30,000 people attended the game at the Houston Astrodome, and an additional 90 million people watched worldwide on TV. It still ranks as one of the most-watched televised sporting events of all time. Riggs, then 55, was a self-proclaimed male chauvinist who said women’s football was inferior to men’s football. He also claimed that even at his age he could beat any player. On May 13, 1973 – a few months before the famous tennis match with King – Riggs challenged tennis player Margaret Court and defeated her 6-2, 6-1. After previously declining his offer, King accepted his challenge and declared himself ready to play him in the Battle of the Sexes match. Video below: Billie Jean King speaks about sexuality and equality would set us back 50 years if I didn’t win this match. It would ruin the women’s tour and hurt all women’s self-esteem. Beating a 55-year-old wasn’t a thrill for me. The thrill was introducing a lot of new people to tennis.” Throughout her tennis career and beyond, King was a champion of women’s equality and fought for equal prize money for male and female players. King’s victory helped legitimize women’s tennis and is often credited with empowering women to advocate for equal pay across all sectors of the workforce. The historic match was the subject of a 2017 film titled Battle of the Sexes starring Emma Stone who played King and Steve Carell who played Riggs.

On September 20, 1973, top tennis player Billie Jean King defeated former men’s No. 1 tennis player Bobby Riggs in a “Battle of the Sexes” match.

Watch the video above to learn more

King beat Riggs in straight sets, 6-4, 6-3, 6-3.

More than 30,000 people attended the game at the Houston Astrodome and an additional 90 million people watched it on television worldwide. It still ranks as one of the most-watched televised sporting events of all time.

Riggs, then 55, was a self-proclaimed male chauvinist who said that women’s play was inferior to men’s play. He also claimed that even at his age he could beat any player.

On May 13, 1973 – a few months before the famous tennis match with King – Riggs challenged and defeated tennis player Margaret Court 6-2, 6-1.

After previously declining his offer, King accepted his challenge and agreed to play him in the “Battle of the Sexes” match.

Video below: Billie Jean King speaks about sexuality and equality

Feeling the pressure to win, she said after the match, “I thought it would take us back 50 years if I didn’t win this match. It would ruin women [tennis] Tour and affect the self-esteem of all women. Beating a 55-year-old wasn’t a thrill for me. The thrill was introducing a lot of new people to tennis.”

Throughout her tennis career and beyond, King championed women’s equality and fought for equal prize money for male and female players. King’s victory helped legitimize women’s tennis and is often credited with empowering women to advocate for equal pay across all sectors of the workforce.

The historic match was the subject of a 2017 film titled Battle of the Sexes starring Emma Stone who played King and Steve Carell who played Riggs.

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