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Brazilian tennis great Maria Bueno dies after cancer battle

12 June 2018, 08:31 | Charlene Valdez

Legendary Brazilian tennis 'queen' dies

Brazilian tennis great Maria Bueno dies after battle with cancer

Beuno has lost her final battle on Friday, June 8 and it caused the reaction of the entire tennis world that respected her and what she achieved. She won three Wimbledon singles titles and four at the U.S. Open.

The victor of 19 Grand Slam titles - seven in singles, 11 in doubles and one in mixed doubles - Bueno was nicknamed the tennis ballerina for her elegant playing style.

Bueno then took her first Wimbledon singles title in 1959, along with the U.S. championship title, becoming the world number one and earning her the Associated Press Female Athlete of the Year award.

Bueno's last major title came in 1968 when she won the doubles title at the U.S. Open alongside Margaret Court — one of her biggest rivals in singles.

"She was very courageous", her nephew Pedro Bueno told reporters.


A tweet posted on the official Tennis Hall of Fame account referred to Bueno as an "accomplished champion who leaves a lasting legacy of inspiration to generations". She reached the finals at Wimbledon two more times, only to lose to Court in 1965 and to Billie Jean King in 1966.

Born in Sao Paulo, Bueno started playing tennis at the age of 6 and entered her first tournament at 11. She was voted female athlete of the year in a nationwide poll of sportswriters conducted by The Associated Press.

An arm injury forced her out of competition from 1969 to 1974.

Off the court, Bueno also had an interest in fashion and played in dresses tailored by English couturier Ted Tinling.

The keepers of Wimbledon tradition at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club were not amused and passed a stricter rule forbidding players to wear any color on the court other than white. At 17, she left Brazil for the United States.



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