"Susan Peacock v. Bobby Riggs", cover of The Australian women's weekly, 1 January 1975.

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Bobby Riggs was a professional tennis player, former Wimbledon champion (1939) and US Open champion (1939, 1941), who was back in the limelight because of his challenges to prominent women players. He had defeated Margaret Court 6-1, 6-2, in 1973, then a few months later been beaten by Billie Jean King, 6-4. 6-3, 6-3. He played Susan Peacock at Kooyong on 4 January 1975 in “a fun spectacular for charity” where the match finished at 3 all. Susan was an A grade competition player who had been runner-up in the Franklin Cup social competition at Portsea.

Susan Peacock, now Susan Renouf, is an iconic figure in Australia. She was married to Liberal politician Andrew Peacock, owner of the champion race-mare Leilani, winner of the 1974 Caulfield Cup; and then married to Robert Sangster, who was a major racehorse owner in the UK and Australia. He won the Melbourne Cup in 1980 with Beldale Ball.

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