Andrea Petkovic: Tennis as know wouldn't exist if it wasn't for Billie Jean King

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Andrea Petkovic: Tennis as know wouldn't exist if it wasn't for Billie Jean King

German tennis player Andrea Petkovic has paid a major respect to Billie Jean King as she insists the American former world No. 1 changed the game. King won 39 Grand Slams during her illustrious career but she fought for the women's rights and tried to do everything she could to help the women tennis grow.

"For me she is one of the pioneers, one of the reasons why I play tennis. When things are not going well for me and I have a lot to do, I think of her and all that she had to endure. He is someone to whom I owe everything.

Without her, professional women's tennis as we know it today would not exist, and all thanks to her assertiveness and her willingness to take risks," Petkovic said of King, per Punto de Break.

King spoke highly of Ons Jabeur

After Jabeur became the first Arab player ever to break into the top-10, King said she Tunisian has what it takes to become a No.

1. "She can improve a lot, so I don’t think No 8 is going to be her top ranking at all, I think she’s got the ability to go much higher,” King told The National. “And I think as a child, or when she was younger and maybe still to this day, a few of the things I’ve read is her saying she’s always wanted to be No 1.

So she’s going in the right direction that’s for sure." King also admitted that she admired Jabeur. "I just knew I should call her,” King said. “I do call players, not just her, or we meet through people, and I just thought it was important.

“She has such a yearning to do well for the Arab people, and that came through really loud and really clear. “She’s trying to represent the Arab people and I’m very big about what you do off the court, not just on the court. So I think I really admired that part of her."