‘The Divine Miss Marble’ review: Serve with a smile

In 1973, Billie Jean King faced Bobby Riggs in a tennis match dubbed the “Battle of the Sexes”. My 13-year-old self, along with some 90 million other people, sat paralyzed in front of the television as Ms. King beat up her much older and provocatively sexist opponent. She became a tennis heroine for my generation and her victory became a triumph for women, including high-ranking amateurs like me.

As a superstar female athlete, Ms. King led the way for many others, including Chris Evert and Martina Navratilova. But before Mrs. King …



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