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Billie Jean King

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As King began competing in 1959, she began working with new coaches including Frank Brennan and Alice Marble, who had won 18 Grand Slam titles as a player herself. King made her Grand Slam debut at the 1959 U. S. Championships at age 15. She lost in the first round. King began playing at local, regional, and international tennis championships. :164 Sports Illustrated already pegged her as "one of the most promising youngsters on the West Coast. " King won her first tournament the next year in Philadelphia at the 1960 Philadelphia and District Grass Court Championships. At her second attempt at the U. S. Championships, King made it to the third round, losing to Bernice Carr Vukovich of South Africa. [citation needed] Also in 1960, King reached the final of the National Girl’s 18 and Under Championships, losing to Karen Hantze Susmen. King's national tennis ranking improved from number 19 in 1959 to number 4 1960. :23 Despite the success, Marble terminated her professional relationship with King because for reasons stemming from King's ambition. :23