Published: Thu, June 14, 2018
Sports | By Johanna Francis

Wake held for Brazil tennis great Maria Bueno

Wake held for Brazil tennis great Maria Bueno

"I came from Brazil, where there were only clay courts and we didn't have any opportunities to practice on grass", she said in an interview with the WTA.

The elegant Bueno, South America's most successful player, shot to global fame when she claimed her maiden grand slam at Wimbledon in 1959 and her second at the U.S. Nationals two months later.

Always smiling in her television appearances, Bueno continued playing until previous year, when she was stricken by disease. Brazilian President Michel Temer, writing on his official account, said Bueno "will always be remembered as the number one of tennis in the hearts of all Brazilians".

Born in Sao Paulo, Bueno started playing tennis at the age of 6 and entered her first tournament at 11.

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She won her first major title at Wimbledon in 1959, when she was 19. Over the course of a superb tennis career, Bueno won 19 Grand Slam titles, including seven in singles. She was the first non-American woman to win Wimbledon and the U.S. Open in the same season.

Former Brazilian tennis pro Luiz Mattar recalled that Bueno had an "aggressive and very attractive game".

"We used to train together, travel together and played mixed doubles in the Pan-American Games, Roland Garros and other tournaments in Europe", he told reporters.

She also reached the final of the 1964 French Championships and the 1965 Australian Championships but lost to Margaret Court at Roland Garros and retired hurt against the Australian great at Kooyong.

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