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There is no life for girls in team sports past Little League. I got into tennis when I realized this, and because I thought golf would be too slow for me, and I was too scared to swim.

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Tennis is a perfect combination of violent action taking place in an atmosphere of total tranquillity.

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In the seventies we had to make it acceptable for people to accept girls and women as athletes. We had to make it okay for them to be active. Those were much scarier times for females in sports.

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When we reach the point where the women athletes are getting their pick of dates just as easily as the men athletes, then we've really and truly arrived. Parity at last!

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Champions keep playing until they get it right.

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Sports are a microcosm of society.

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I wanted to use sports for social change.

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A champion is afraid of losing. Everyone else is afraid of winning.

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A champion is afraid of losing. Everyone else is afraid of winning.

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Women's sports is still in its infancy. The beginning of women's sports in the United States started in 1972, with the passage of Title 9 for girls to finally get athletic scholarships.

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Women get the attention when we get into the men's arena, and that's sad.

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