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Billie Jean King: A golden anniversary

Legendary player sparked sweeping social change for women, tennis

Updated: June 26, 2011, 6:11 PM ET
By Joel Drucker | Special To ESPN.com

Editor's note: This month marks the 50th anniversary of tennis legend Billie Jean King's first title at Wimbledon.

Fifty years ago this month, Billie Jean Moffitt, then a 17-year-old from Long Beach, Calif., boarded a plane to London. She was on her way to Wimbledon, the Mecca of tennis, a place she had studied, dreamed about and even used as the setting of a high school essay. Little did she know that half a century later, she would occupy her place at Centre Court ...

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