It's official -- Q's new season-long sports series will begin with a power serve. In the lead up to PBS' American Masters documentary on Billie Jean King - the first to ever feature a sports figure - the tennis great joins Jian for a feature conversation.
King, one of the first women to play pro tennis, stunned audiences in 1973 when she beat Bobby Riggs in the iconic "Battle of the Sexes
" match -- a win she tells Jian "wasn't about sports, it was about social change."
King fought long and hard to establish the Women's pro tour and her
inspired catchphrases -- like "pressure is a privilege"
-- went on to become sports mottos
. She retired from singles play in 1983, at the age 40, after winning 67 career WTA singles titles.
But King is a trailblazer off court, too. She defied a homophobic environment to become the first high-profile female athlete to come out
as gay. She weighs in on the climate for LGBT athletes heading to Sochi."I would listen to the athletes.They are the one group that will suffer more than anybody else."