Latest Billie Jean King News

Amelia Island will host the Billie Jean King Cup matches between Ukraine and Romania

Feb. 20, 2024 10:15 AM EST

AMELIA ISLAND, Fla. (AP) — Ukraine's Billie Jean King Cup matches against Romania next month will be held in Amelia Island, Florida, because of the ongoing war in Ukraine. The location for the qualifying matches on April 12-13 was announced Tuesday. Ukraine's team in...

Chris Evert and Martina Navratilova urge women's tennis to stay out of Saudi Arabia

Jan. 25, 2024 15:27 PM EST

Hall of Famers Chris Evert and Martina Navratilova are calling on the women's tennis tour to stay out of Saudi Arabia, saying that holding the WTA Finals there “would represent not progress, but significant regression.” “There should be a healthy debate over whether...

US women's professional volleyball void is filled, and possibly overflowing, with 3 upstart leagues

Jan. 25, 2024 13:23 PM EST

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Volleyball has been the No. 1 sport in girls participation in the United States for almost a decade. More than 90,000 fans showed up for an outdoor match in Nebraska's football stadium last summer, and the NCAA semifinal and championship matches set attendance...

Reactions from the Professional Women’s Hockey League’s inaugural game at Toronto

Jan. 03, 2024 14:55 PM EST

TORONTO (AP) — Reactions from executives, coaches, players and fans attending the Professional Women’s Hockey League’s inaugural game at Toronto on Monday: ___ "Today I think is really the birth of women’s professional ice hockey. This is the moment. We’ve...

The AP goes behind the scenes at PWHL opener to capture 'the birth of women's hockey'

Jan. 03, 2024 13:18 PM EST

TORONTO (AP) — An hour before one of the most significant faceoffs in the history of women's hockey, New York players were roused by a commotion at the entrance of their dressing room. Enter Billie Jean King. “I just wanted to say, hi,” the former tennis star...

Shelton, Schroeder lead New York past Toronto 4-0 in inaugural PWHL game

Jan. 01, 2024 16:03 PM EST

TORONTO (AP) — Ella Shelton scored the opening goal, Corinne Schroeder earned the first shutout and New York beat Toronto 4-0 in the inaugural Professional Women’s Hockey League game Monday. Alex Carpenter had one goal and one assist, Jill Saulnier and Kayla Vespa also scored and...

New women's professional hockey league, with hopes of staying power, ready to drop the puck

Dec. 31, 2023 08:11 AM EST

No longer a far-fetched notion, the Professional Women’s Hockey League is approaching reality and Sarah Nurse can't help but pinch herself. On Monday, the 28-year-old Canadian national team forward will be on the ice in Toronto when her yet-to-be nicknamed team faces off against...