Brazilian Former Tennis Star Maria Bueno

Maria Bueno

Maria Esther Andion Bueno hailing from Brazil was born on the 11th of October, 1939 in Sao Paulo. She started her professional career in 1950, and earned considerable admiration and 19 major Grand Slam titles. She vanished from the scenes of tennis, making a comeback in 1976 to announce retirement in 1977. In her career she won 7 singles titles, 11 Doubles titles and 1 Mixed Doubles Grand Slam titles. She was also ranked as the No.1 women player at the year-end rankings four times in 1959, 1979, 1964 and 1966. She also holds to her credit 71 singles titles in total in the Open Era. She also won all the four major Grand Slam doubles finals in 1960, becoming the first woman to have won all four tournaments in a single year. She is also known to have reached at least the quarter finals of all her first 26 Grand Slam appearances until finally losing in the fourth round in 1967 due to an injury. Her name was inducted in the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 1979.

The right handed player was the winner of the Wimbledon singles titles in 1959, 1960 and 1964. She won the US Open singles titles too in 1959, 1963, 1964 and 1966. She was also the finalist in the Australian Open in 1965 and the French Open in 1964 which she lost both to Margaret Court. Bueno’s Doubles career is also very impressive with 12 Doubles titles including The Australian Open and The French open in 1960, The Wimbledon title in 1958, 1960, 1963, 1965 and 1966. Bueno won the US Open Doubles title in 1960, 1962, 1966 and 1968.

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