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Julie Heldman helped open up women's tennis
Julie Heldman helped open up women's tennis

Julie Heldman will turn on the TV set often the next two weeks. At home in Santa Monica, she will watch, as always, with nostalgia and amazement, as the U.S. Open tennis tournament unfolds. "Every shot, they hit all out," she says. "I marvel at that. Every shot, they just close their eyes and hit it 100 miles an hour." Her perspective is valuable, even though, in her day, the shots weren't moving 100 mph. Heldman is 68, hasn't been back to the Open since she last played in it and, with a shoulder injury that painfully ended her career, lost badly in the first round. That was 1975. Much has changed about the U.S. Open. Heldman was there when it...

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