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At Wimbledon , she again lost in the semifinals, this time in three sets to Maria Bueno. Championships, where she defeated Jones in the quarterfinals and Bueno in the semifinals. In the final, King led 5—3 in both sets, was two points from winning the first set, and had two set points in the second set [34] before losing to Court in straight sets.

She said that losing while being so close to winning was devastating, but the match proved to her that she was "good enough to be the best in the world. I'm going to win Wimbledon next year. For the first time in 81 years, the annual convention of the United States Lawn Tennis Association overruled its ranking committee's recommendation to award her the sole U.

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King reached the final of a Grand Slam singles tournament in 16 out of 25 attempts and had a 12—4 win—loss record in those finals. In the nine tournaments that she failed to reach the final, she was a losing semifinalist twice and a losing quarter finalist five times.


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From through , she won seven of the ten Grand Slam singles tournaments she played. She won the last seven Grand Slam singles finals she contested, six of them in straight sets and four of them against Evonne Goolagong. All but one of her Grand Slam singles titles were on grass. King's Grand Slam record from through was comparable to that of Margaret Court, her primary rival during these years.

One or both of these women played 35 of the 40 Grand Slam singles tournaments held during this period, and together they won 24 of them. During this period, Court won 31 of her career 64 Grand Slam titles, including 12 of her 24 Grand Slam singles titles, 11 of her 19 Grand Slam women's doubles titles, and eight of her 21 Grand Slam mixed doubles titles. Court reached the final of a Grand Slam singles tournament in 14 out of 25 attempts and had a 12—2 win—loss record in those finals.

Court won seven of the 12 Grand Slam finals she played against King during these years, including 2—1 in singles finals, 4—1 in women's doubles finals, and 1—3 in mixed doubles finals. King was the year-ending World No. She was the year-ending World No. King won 97 of her career singles titles during this period and was the runner-up in 36 other tournaments.

In , King defeated Dorothy "Dodo" Cheney then 49 years old for the first time in five career matches, winning their semifinal at the Southern California Championships 6—0, 6—3. King also ended her nine match losing streak to Margaret Court by defeating her in the final of the South African Tennis Championships. After thirteen unsuccessful attempts to win a Grand Slam singles title from through , King at the age of 22 finally won the first of her six singles titles at Wimbledon and the first of twelve Grand Slam singles titles overall, defeating Court in the semifinals 6—3, 6—3 and Maria Bueno in the final.

King credited her semifinal victory to her forehand down the line, a new shot in her repertoire.

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Just chip the ball back at her feet. Championships, an ill King was upset by Kerry Melville Reid in the second round. King successfully defended her title at the South African Tennis Championships in , defeating Maria Bueno in the final. King then successfully switched surfaces and won her second consecutive Wimbledon singles title, defeating Virginia Wade in the quarterfinals 7—5, 6—2 and Jones.

King won her second Grand Slam singles title of the year when she won the U. Jones pulled her left hamstring muscle early in the final and saved four match points in the second set before King prevailed. Championships, the first woman to do that since Alice Marble in King lost in the quarterfinals of the New South Wales Championships in Sydney to Dalton after King injured her left knee in the second game of the third set of that match.

At a team event in Adelaide , King won all three of her singles and doubles matches to help the U. In early , King won three consecutive tournaments to end her Australian tour. King then won the Australian Championships for the first time, defeating Dalton in the semifinals and Court in the final. King continued to win tournaments upon her return to the United States, winning three indoor tournaments before Nancy Richey Gunter defeated King in the semifinals of the Madison Square Garden Challenge Trophy amateur tournament in New York City before 10, spectators.

King served for the match at 5—1 and had a match point at 5—3 in the second set; however, she lost the final 12 games and the match 4—6, 7—5, 6—0. Playing the French Open for only the second time in her career and attempting to win four consecutive Grand Slam singles titles a "non-calendar year Grand Slam" , King defeated Maria Bueno in a quarterfinal before losing to Gunter in a semifinal 2—6, 6—3, 6—4. King rebounded to win her third consecutive Wimbledon singles title, defeating Jones in the semifinals and Dalton in the final.

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On September 24, she had surgery to repair cartilage in her left knee [45] and did not play in tournaments the remainder of the year. King said that it took eight months May for her knee to recover completely from the surgery.

King participated in the Australian summer tour for the second consecutive year. Unlike the previous year, King did not win a tournament. At the Australian Open, King defeated year-old Evonne Goolagong in the second round 6—3, 6—1 and Ann Haydon-Jones in a three-set semifinal before losing to Margaret Court in a straight-sets final. The following week, King lost in the semifinals of the New Zealand Championships.

During the European summer clay court season, King lost in the quarterfinals of both the Italian Open and the French Open.

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At Wimbledon , King lost only 13 points while defeating Rosemary Casals in the semifinals 6—1, 6—0; [48] however, Jones upset King in the final and prevented King from winning her fourth consecutive singles title there. The week after, King again defeated Wade to win the Irish Open for the second time in her career. This was the first year since that King did not win at least one Grand Slam singles title. She said during the Pacific Southwest Open, "It has been a bad year for me.

My left knee has been OK, but I have been bothered by a severe tennis elbow for seven months. I expect to have a real big year in , though, because I really have the motivation now. I feel like a kid again. King lost to Court three times in the first four months of the year, in Philadelphia, Dallas, and Johannesburg at the South African Open. Court, however, was not totally dominant during this period as King defeated her in Sydney and Durban, South Africa.

Where Court dominated was at the Grand Slam tournaments. King did not play the Australian Open. King returned to the tour in September, where she had a first round loss at the Virginia Slims Invitational in Houston and a semifinal loss at the Pacific Coast Championships in Berkeley, California. During the European clay court season, King warmed-up for the French Open by playing in Monte Carlo losing in the semifinals , winning the Italian Open saving three match points against Virginia Wade in the semifinals , [54] playing in Bournemouth losing to Wade in the quarterfinals , and playing in Berlin losing to Masthoff in the semifinals.

The Italian Open victory was the first important clay court title of King's career. Along the way, she defeated Masthoff in a three-set quarterfinal and Wade in a three-set semifinal, saving two match points at 4—5 in the second set. The twelfth game of that set with King leading 6—5 had 21 deuces and lasted 22 minutes, [55] with Wade saving seven set points and holding sixteen game points before King won. Although King won only one Grand Slam singles title in , this was the best year of her career in terms of tournaments won According to the International Tennis Hall of Fame , she played in 31 singles tournaments and compiled a —13 win—loss record.

She started the year by winning eight of the first thirteen tournaments she played, defeating Rosemary Casals in seven finals. At the time, King said that retiring from the match with Evert after splitting the first two sets was necessary because of leg cramps. But in early , King admitted that cramps associated with the abortion caused the retirement. At the tournament in Hurlingham , United Kingdom in early May, King lost a second round match to an old rival, Christine Truman Janes now 30 years old , 6—4, 6—2. But King recovered the next week to win the German Open in Hamburg on clay.

Four weeks later at the Queen's Club tournament in London, King played Margaret Court for the first time in , losing their final. At Wimbledon , King defeated Janes in the fourth round 6—2, 7—5 and Durr in the quarterfinals before losing unexpectedly to Evonne Goolagong in the semifinals 6—4, 6—4.

She then played two clay court tournaments in Europe, winning neither, before resuming play in the United States. In August, King won the indoor Houston tournament and the U. Women's Clay Court Championships in Indianapolis. King then switched back to grass and won the US Open without losing a set, defeating Evert in the semifinals 6—3, 6—2 and Casals in the final.

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King won three Grand Slam singles titles in , electing not to play the Australian Open despite being nearby when she played in New Zealand in late King said, "I was twenty-eight years old, and I was at the height of my powers. I'm quite sure I could have won the Grand Slam [in] More important, I did not want to miss any Virginia Slims winter tournaments. I was playing enough as it was. At the beginning of the year, King failed to win eight of the first ten tournaments she played. She won the title in San Francisco in mid-January. The inconsistent results continued through mid-April, in Oklahoma City losing in the quarterfinals ; Washington, D.

This was followed in successive weeks by a loss in the Jacksonville final to Marie Neumannova Pinterova and in a St. Petersburg semifinal to Evert 6—2, 6—3. King did not lose again until mid-August, winning six consecutive tournaments.

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