Martina Navratilova proposes to partner at U.S. Open

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Tennis star Martina Navratilova announced her engagement to longtime girlfriend Julia Lemigova at the U.S. Open where she won four singles titles and nine doubles titles.

The Czech-American icon proposed to her longtime girlfriend, former Russian beauty queen Julia Lemigova, in a TV suite between the two men’s semifinal matches at Flushing Meadow in New York City on Saturday. Their engagement was broadcast on the arena’s big screen as legions of tennis fans cheered the couple on, Australia’s 9news reported.

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Smash Hits: Elton John, Billie Jean King shine at AIDS fundraiser

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Tennis legend Billie Jean King talks about psyching up, coming out and her upcoming Orlando event with Elton John

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On Sunday, Nov. 17, two bona fide legends will converge on Orlando for the first time since 1997. Billie Jean King and Sir Elton John are co-hosts of Mylan World Team Tennis Smash Hits, an all-star charity featuring tennis stars Venus Williams, Andy Roddick, Marion Bartoli, John Isner and more. The event, at beautiful HP Field House at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at Walt Disney World, benefits the Elton John AIDS Foundation and the Hope and Help Center of Central Florida. Smash Hits fundraisers have raised more than $11.5 million for HIV/AIDS charities around the nation.

I spoke with King prior to the 1997 Smash Hits event and found her warm, witty and accessible. We spoke again by telephone earlier this month and picked up right where we left off 16 years ago. As you’ll see below, it was much more a conversation than an interview; I left out all the parts where she asked about my family, the newspaper, my life. It was easy to forget that she is an icon, named one of the 100 Most Important People of the 20th Century by Life Magazine.

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PBS celebrates Billie Jean King in advance of her 70th birthday

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New York – For Billie Jean King, 70 is the new 40.

The tennis great, who turns 70 in November, has been celebrating the 40th anniversary of equal prize money at the U.S. Open, the formation of the WTA tour and her victory against Bobby Riggs in the “Battle of the Sexes” match.

King was 29 when she accomplished those feats in 1973. On Tuesday, PBS will highlight her career with the national premiere of “American Masters: Billie Jean King.”

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