Woonsocket Call

Maria Bueno, 78; ten­nis star won 19 Grand Slam events

- Sports · Tennis · Sao Paulo · Sao Paulo · Brazil · United States of America · Brazilian Tennis Confederation · Rafael Pereira da Silva

SAO PAULO (AP) — Brazil­ian ten­nis great Maria Bueno, who helped usher in mod­ern women’s ten­nis, was buried Satur­day in her home town shortly after a wake was held for her at the Sao Paulo state Gover­nor’s Palace.

Bueno died Fri­day in a Sao Paulo hospi­tal after bat­tling mouth can­cer. She was 78.

The pres­i­dent of the Brazil­ian Ten­nis Con­fed­er­a­tion, Rafael Westrupp, said Bueno was “the big­gest name in Brazil­ian ten­nis” and the sport was “in mourn­ing.”

Born in Sao Paulo, Bueno started play­ing ten­nis at the age of 6 and en­tered her first tour­na­ment at 11. At 17, she left Brazil for the United States.

Nick­named “The Ten­nis Bal­le­rina” be­cause of her grace­ful style, Bueno spent most of her ca­reer on the court be­fore the pro­fes­sional era. She won 19 Grand Slam ti­tles over­all, seven in sin­gles, 11 in dou­bles and one in mixed dou­bles, be­tween 1959 and 1966. She won three Wim­ble­don sin­gles ti­tles and four at the U.S. Open.

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

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from USA