US Open condoles death of Maria Bueno

Annette Crawford
June 12, 2018

Maria Bueno, the Brazilian tennis great who won seven grand slam titles in the 1950s and 1960s, has died after being treated for cancer at a Sao Paulo hospital. Known as "The Tennis Ballerina", Maria won all 19 Grand Slam crowns between 1958-1966, including three Wimbledon singles crowns and four at the US Open and in 1960 she conquered all four doubles Grand Slams crowns as the first player to accomplish that feat.

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.

She swept the Brazilian scene, then the Caribbean circuit, and grabbed global attention by winning the Italian Championships in 1958, beating the best English and Australian players.

"We send our condolences to the friends and loved ones of Maria Bueno, a four-time #USOpen singles and doubles champion".

Her one major title of the open era, when big tournaments opened to professionals, was the 1968 U.S. Open doubles alongside Australian legend Margaret Court.

Bueno passed away at the 9 de Julho hospital here, where she had been admitted several days earlier, doctors and family members said on Friday, reports Xinhua news agency.

Maria Esther Bueno was born on October 11, 1939, in São Paulo, and grew up across the street from a tennis club. But she returned to tennis years later and won her final tournament at the Japan Open in 1974.

More recently, she was contributing to Brazilian television at Wimbledon, the U.S. Open and other major tennis events.

Bueno was ranked No. 1 in the world in 1959, 1960, 1964 and 1966.

One tennis writer, John Barrett, called her "the elegant queen of Brazilian tennis".

Bueno said men were key to her game.

"I'm not good", she told The Associated Press after being named Female Athlete of the Year in 1959.

"There was a gasp from one end of the court", Bueno recalled years later.

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