Anonymous asked in SportsTennis · 3 months ago

Why do people always cite Billie Jean King's Battle of the Sexes win as some huge achievement?

King was 29 years old and in her prime.  Riggs was practically a senior citizen at 55 years of age and had been retired for a decade and a half by the time the match happened.  Why is this match hailed as huge feminist victory?  If anything, it seems King should have beaten Riggs worse than she did.  

A better example of a battle of the sexes was in 1998 when the Williams sisters faced the very mediocre tennis player named Karsten Braasch, and he clobbered them 6-1, 6-2.

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  • Favorite Answer

    He had beaten Margaret Court previously.  This was on prime-time free-to-air television before you had cable.  It got viewing audiences that tennis has never seen before or since.  The match with the Williams sisters didn't get a sliver of the audience.

  • Anonymous
    2 months ago

    Didn't some drunk Australian who was #250 beat both Williams sisters in one day?

  • 3 months ago

    Because it was the first of it's kind.

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