Brazilian tennis great Bueno dies

  • Brazilian tennis great Bueno dies

Brazilian tennis great Bueno dies

"She played tennis until the very last moment".

"I think what she did on the court — with courage and determination — is what she did with the illness until the end, until the last days", he said.

Always smiling in her television appearances, Bueno continued playing until previous year, when she was stricken by disease.

Brazilian President Michel Temer tweeted that Bueno "will always be remembered as the number one of tennis in the hearts of all Brazilians".

Brazilian tennis star Maria Bueno has passed away at the age of 78.

1-ranked tennis player Maria Esther Bueno carries the Rio 2016 Olympic torch during the torch relay in Sao Paulo Brazil. The Brazilian

Bueno was also a prolific doubles player, claiming women's titles at all four of the grand slams from 1958-68 and a mixed doubles championship at Roland Garros in 1960. At 17, she left Brazil for the United States.

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

Nicknamed the "Sao Paulo Swallow" for her ability to dominate the net, Bueno was a teen prodigy despite having no formal coaching, according to the International Hall of Fame, which she entered in 1978.

Former Brazilian tennis pro Luiz Mattar recalled that Bueno had an "aggressive and very handsome game". "Her death is a great loss for sports in every country in the world".

She also reached the final of the 1964 French Championships and the 1965 Australian Championships but lost to Margaret Court at Roland Garros and retired hurt against the Australian great at Kooyong.