Maria Esther Bueno is Friday at the age of 78 died. With nineteen grand slam titles, including seven in the ankle, the Brazilian is a big name in history.
Bueno won three times in singles at Wimbledon (1959, 1960, 1964) and four times the US National Championship (1959, 1963, 1964, 1966), the precursor of the US Open. The Brazilian discontinued four times the season as world number 1 (1959, 1960, 1964 and 1966) and was in 1978 included in the Hall of Fame of tennis.
In the Open era, since 1968, when also pros at grandslams were allowed to participate, she conquered one. [ On the side of the Australian Margaret Court, another legend, won Bueno at the US Open double in ‘68. Bueno and Court fought a lot of important duels. So they were two times against each other in the final of Wimbledon. In 1964, pulled Bueno at the longest end, a year later, Court revenge.
“In my time was the tennis a real amateur sport. I just took two rackets to a tournament. The prize for my victory at Wimbledon was a voucher of 15 pounds. But thanks to my sport, I also gained unique experience that you can’t buy. I even have the pope and princess Diana met”, testified to them in 2015 during an interview.
The Brazilian got in 2017 to hear that they are to oral cancer and suffering. She breathed her last breath in a hospital in Sao Paulo where they a few weeks ago was included.