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.

Wimbledon Open Winners and Runner-Ups (Female)-From 1969-1960

The era of 1969-1960 produced mixed results in the Wimbledon, when not one player could manage to hold the title for long. Famous female tennis playerBillie Jean King from United States won the title 3 times along with Maria bueno from Brazil who won the title twice and stood runner-up twice as well.

Billie Jean King was the most dynamic and prolific winner at the women’s singles Wimbledon championship. She not only played Wimbledon but contributed a lot to the development of tennis. Between 1966 and 1975, Billie dominated Wimbledon with her impeccable game. She reached eight women’s singles finals and won six of them. The opponent whom she defeated twice is Goolagong, first in 1972 and then 1975. Billie Jeans defeated Maria Bueno in 1966, Ann Jones in 1967 and Judy Tegart in 1968. She has two losses in the following years, to Mrs. Jones in 1969 and Margaret Court in 1970. The 1970 Wimbledon was a classic in which Margaret staggered off a 14-12, 11-9 winner against Jean and is a record for the most games in a Wimbledon women’s final ever.

Both were amongst the top ten tennis player ranking followed by Australian tennis player Margaret Smith who showed some resistance. The list of female winners and runner-ups of Wimbledon Open tennis championship during 1969-1960 is as follow:

Year 1969-Wimbledon Open

  • Wimbledon Open winner (female)-1969: Ann Haydon Jones
  • Wimbledon Open runner-up (female)-1969: Billie Jean King

Year 1968-Wimbledon Open

  • Wimbledon Open winner (female)-1968: Billie Jean King
  • Wimbledon Open runner-up (female)-1968: Judy Tegart

Year 1967-Wimbledon Open

  • Wimbledon Open winner (female)-1967: Billie Jean King
  • Wimbledon Open runner-up (female)-1967: Ann Jones

Year 1966-Wimbledon Open

  • Wimbledon Open winner (female)-1966: Billie Jean King
  • Wimbledon Open runner-up (female)-1966: Maria Bueno

Year 1965-Wimbledon Open

  • Wimbledon Open winner (female)-1965: Margaret Smith
  • Wimbledon Open runner-up (female)-1965: Maria Bueno

Year 1964-Wimbledon Open

  • Wimbledon Open winner (female)-1964: Maria Bueno
  • Wimbledon Open runner-up (female)-1964: Margaret Smith

Year 1963-Wimbledon Open

  • Wimbledon Open winner (female)-1963: Margaret Smith
  • Wimbledon Open runner-up (female)-1963: Billie Jean

Year 1962-Wimbledon Open

  • Wimbledon Open winner (female)-1962: Karen Susman
  • Wimbledon Open runner-up (female)-1962: Vera Sukova

Year 1961-Wimbledon Open

  • Wimbledon Open winner (female)-1961: Angela Mortimer
  • Wimbledon Open runner-up (female)-1961: Christine Truman

Year 1960-Wimbledon Open

  • Wimbledon Open winner (female)-1960: Maria Bueno
  • Wimbledon Open runner-up (female)-1960: Sandra Reynolds