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How tennis' Battle of the Sexes did — and didn't — change the game

How tennis' Battle of the Sexes did — and didn't — change the game

In a key scene late in "Battle of the Sexes," the new tennis movie about the landmark Billie Jean King-Bobby Riggs match, an icon is reminded of her power to influence.

"Times change," King, played by Emma Stone, is told by a confidante.‎ "You should know — you just changed them."

The 1973 exhibition, ‎which pitted tennis great King against the 55-year-old champion from an earlier time, certainly was a study in contrasts — the trailblazer and the showman‎, the chauvinist and the progressive, the old guard and the new world.

How much it altered the face of the game has a more ambiguous answer‎. Did the highly symbolic, intensely circus-like...

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