Billie Jean King's dominant victory wasn't just a win between the two players; it was a larger societal statement about women's sports and the equal respect they deserve. King would go on to lay the foundation for the Women's Tennis Association (WTA).RANK: 32 LOCATION: Astrodome | Houston, Texas DATE: 10/20/1973 CATEGORY: Tennis
After 55-year-old Bobby Riggs, a former World No. 1, declared that he could beat any female tennis player, he took on Billie Jean King in the "Battle of the Sexes." King prevailed in the winner-take-all-match, earning $100K—and respect for women's tennis— in a 6-4, 6-3, 6-3 victory.