Why Billie Jean King will never take no for an answer

Portrait Bilie Jean King.
Tennis legend Billie Jean King, photographed at the Langham Huntington hotel in Pasadena, says she wants “women’s sports to keep moving forward because it’s really a microcosm of society.”
(Christina House / Los Angeles Times)

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Helene Elliott joined the Los Angeles Times’ sports department in 1989. She became the first female journalist to be honored with a plaque in the Hall of Fame of a major professional sport as the 2005 winner of the Hockey Hall of Fame’s Elmer Ferguson Award, awarded to writers “who have brought honor to journalism and to hockey.” A native of Brooklyn, N.Y., and graduate of Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism, she has covered 16 Olympics. She recently crossed covering Wimbledon off her bucket list.
Christina House officially joined the Los Angeles Times photography staff in 2017 after nearly 10 years as a freelance photographer. A native Southern Californian, she grew up in Long Beach and graduated from Cal State Fullerton.