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Legendary Brazilian tennis player Maria Bueno dies

Legendary Brazilian tennis player Maria Bueno dies”

"She was very courageous", her nephew Pedro Bueno told reporters. "She played tennis until the very last moment". "I'd only take two rackets to a tournament and the prize for winning Wimbledon was a £15 voucher", she said in a 2015 interview with YouTube channel Esporte Ponto Final.

The official Tennis Hall of Fame led the tributes to Bueno following the news of her passing, taking to Twitter to describe her as "a graceful and accomplished champion who leaves a lasting legacy".

On and off the court, Bueno "always showed a lot of fight", Brazilian tennis player Bia Haddad said.

Always smiling in her television appearances, Bueno continued playing until a year ago, when she was stricken by disease. At 17, she left Brazil for the United States.

Former Brazilian great Maria Esther Bueno, victor of 19 Grand Slam singles and doubles titles from 1959-68, plays during a tennis exhibition on Copacabana beach in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil December 10, 2005.

But she rated the 1959 Wimbledon singles title as her greatest career achievement. She was also the No. 1 ranked tennis player in the world in 1959, 1960, 1964 and 1966.

"Volleying beautifully, playing with breathtaking boldness and panache, the lithe Brazilian became the first South American woman to win the Wimbledon singles", Collins wrote.

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

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.



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