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The wooden tennis racquet used by Billie Jean King to defeat chauvinist male player Bobby Riggs in their world famous 'Battles of the Sexes' match is tipped to sell for £150,000.<br />
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Almost 50 million people around the world tuned in to the one-off match in September 1973 which pitted that year's Wimbledon women's champion against former tennis star Riggs.<br />
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He had claimed the women's game was far inferior to the men's and challenged King to a match which she ended up winning three sets to love.<br />
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The result gave a huge boost to the women's game and their battle for equality.<br />
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The battered racquet was later donated by King for a charity auction and now belongs to a private collector who is selling it.