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Maria Bueno: The Supreme Artist.

Biographical info on Maria

A thread dedicated to this great player is long overdue.

Much of this copied from Andy T's thread:

Grand Slam Singles Record:
Played 35 Majors: Won 7; Finalist 5;SF 8;QF 9;Last 16:2; Last 32: 2; Last 64: 2; Last 128: 0.
Notes: Scratched French Open 1957 before 1r.

Grand Slam Doubles Record
Played 25 Majors:Won 11; Finalist 5;SF 4;QF 1; Last 16:2; Last 32: 2

Mixed Doubles Highlights:

Winner: 1960 French Champs. (w/ R.N. Howe)

Finalist: 1958 US Champs. (w/ A. Olmedo) 1959 Wimbledon (w/N. Fraser), 1960 Wimbledon (w/ R. Howe), 1960 US Champs. (w/ A. Palafox), 1965 French Open (w/ J. Newcombe), 1967 Wimbledon (w. K. Fletcher).

Semi-finalist: 1960 Australian Champs. (w/ R. Howe), US Champs 1964 (w/ Ralston).

Quarter-finalist: 1975 US Open (w/ I. Nastase).

Federation Cup Record: Played 4 won 2 lost 2.
1965 Melbourne, Australia (Grass). Quarter-final vs France, defeated F. Durr 61 46 61.
1976 Philadelphia Spectrum, US (Carpet). R32 vs The Netherlands (seed 5), lost B. Stove 60 64.
1977 Eastbourne, UK (Grass). R32 vs Taiwan d Liu Shang Ku 60 60; R16 vs Australia (seed 3) lost K. Melville-Reid 61 62.

Notable Feats:
In 1959 became first non-U.S. woman to win both Wimbledon and U.S. Championships in one season. 6 Americans who had done it before: Helen Wills (1927, 1928, 1929), Alice Marble (1939), Pauline Betz (1946), Maureen Connolly (1952-1953) Shirley Fry (1956) and Althea Gibson (1957, 1958). She repeated feat in 1964. Subsequent achievers of this feat: Margaret Smith Court (1965, 1970), Billie Jean King (1967, 1972), Chris Evert (1976), Martina Navratilova (1983, 1984, 1986, 1987), Steffi Graf (1988, 1989, 1993, 1995, 1996) Martina Hingis (1997), Venus Williams (2000, 2001) and Serena Williams (2002). Total of 15 players.

One of only 8 women to win Wimbledon and US Open 3 times during career. Others are Court (1970), King (1972), Evert (1981), Navratilova (1986), Graf (1993) and in pre-1960 era, feat was achieved by Wills-Moody (1929) and Connolly (1954).

Reached qf or better of her first 26 GS tournaments (singles).
Won Women's Doubles Grand Slam 1960 (Australia w/ Truman, others w/Hard) to become the first woman ever to achieve the feat.

Reached the final of her first 11 Grand Slam women’s doubles events!

Won the Australian (1960) and Wimbledon (1958) doubles in her début seasons there.

Finalist in all three events at Wimbledon & U.S. Championships 1960.

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Career Summary

Singles Titles (65 confirmed below)

1954 (1 title)

Brazilian Nationals

1957 (1 title)

Fort Lauderdale

1958 (10 titles)

(Hollywood, Florida), Florida West Coast Chmps (St Petersburg), Austin Smith Chmps (Ft Lauderdale) Florida Stare (Orlando), Good Neighbor (Miami), Jacksonville, River Oaks, Italian Championships, Wiesbaden, and Bristol

1959 (6 titles)

Birmingham (Edgbaston Priory), Bristol, Wimbledon,US Championships, Victorian Chmps, and South Australian

1960 (7 titles)

Western Australian,
Caracas,Barranquilla,Birmingham (Edgbaston Priory), Wimbledon, Swiss Champs (Gstaad), and Sao Paolo

1961 (5 titles)

Caracas, San Juan, Italian Champs, and Vienna.

1962 (5 titles)

Caracas, St Petersburg Florida, Swedish Champs (Bastad), Dutch Chmps (Hilversum) and Baden-Baden.

1963 (7 titles)

Caracas, St Petersburg (Florida), Western Province Champs (Cape Town), Southern Transvaal (Johannesburg), Eastern Province, Piping Rock, US Championships

1964 (10 titles -or 9 titles if one counts a shared title as half. Bueno shared two titles in 1964)

Border Champs (East London), divided Western Province Champs (Cape Town), Northern Transvaal (Pretoria), divided Beckenham
Wimbledon, Welsh Chmps, Irish Chmps, Baden-Baden, US Champs, and Pacific South West

1965 (3 titles, or 2.5 if one counts a shared title as half.)

Italian Chmps, Florence, divided Montaa (Switzerland), and Irish Chmps

1966 ( 5 titles)

Welsh Champs, Essex, US Champs, Pacific Coast Champs, and Pacific Southwest.

1967 (2 titles)

Salisbury (Rhodesia) and the Northern Chmps (Manchester)

1968 (2 titles)

Eastbourne and
Manchester (Essex)

(1 title)

Japan Open

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Won the Brazilian Nationals


South American Championships Buenos Aires November 1955
Ladies Doubles
F Ramirez/ Reyes d Metzner/ Bueno 64 26 62

International Championships of Brazil
Ladies Doubles
F Bueno/ Metzner d. Ramirez/ Reyes 64 63
Mixed Doubles
F L Ayala/ Bueno d. M Llamas/ Y Ramirez 63 63

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injured her arm and played in a small amount of national tournaments

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won Fort Lauderdale

Had to go back to school after Caribbean tour and graduated in November
Also won Barranquilla doubles with Hard

Dec 31 1956- Jan 6 1957 Dixie Championships Tampa
Womens Doubles Marta Hernandez/ Rosa Maria Reyes d. Bueno/ Fageros 6-3 6-2
Jan 7-13 Florida West Coast, St. Petersburg
QF D. Martha Hernandez [3] (Mex) 6-0 1-6 6-1

Upsets the #3 seed.
Jan 14-19 University of Miami/Coral Gables
1R d. Margaret Babbitt 6-0 6-0
QF d. Laura Lou Kunnen [4] 6-1 6-4
SF d. Rosie Marie Reyes (Mex) [2] 6-4 2-6 6-4
F Lost to Karol Fagreros [1] 2-6 6-2 6-2
ends Feb 3 South Florida, West Palm Beach.
QF d. Margerita Bondstrom (Swd) 6-1 6-2
SF Lost to Karol Fageros [2] 6-1 6-2
Ends late Feb Panama Invitation, Panama City.
Ends Mar 2 Barranquila, Columbia
QF Lost to Darlene Hard (US) 7-5 3-6 6-3

Mar 3-6 St Andrew Invitation Kingston Jamaica
2R? Lost to Darlene Hard (US) 9-7 6-0
Womens Doubles Bueno/ Hard d. Bloomer/ Buxton 86 60
ends March 23 Good Neighbor, Miami.
upsets Mary Ann Mitchell 6-0 6-4
SF Lost to Darlene Hard 6-2 6-2
April 1 to 7. Carribbean Championships Montego Bay
1R d. Mrs Olmstead 6-1 6-0
QF d. Mimi Arnold 8-6 6-3
SF Lost to Shirley Bloomer 5-7 6-3 6-2

Ladies Doubles with Hard
1R d. Bagge/Blanchard 6-2 6-1
SF d. Arnold/Hernandez 6-4 6-4
F d. Bloomer/ Levine 6-1 6-4

Mixed Doubles Bueno/ C Fernandes d. Hard/Moss 6-4 4-6 6-1

Bloomer wears down Maria with lobs-the Brazilian "visibly tired" in the third.

Caribe Hilton Invitation San Juan Puerto Rico April 8-14

1R bye
2R d. Grace Valdes 6-3 6-0
QF Lost to Dottie Knode 6-3 6-1

Womens Doubles with Bueno
1R bye
QF d. Pasarell/Pasarell 6-2 6-2
SF d. Fageros/Mitchell 6-3 6-4
F d. Bloomer/ Betty Pratt 7-5 2-6 6-2

At the end of the Caribbean circuit "the 17 year old sensation" goes home to complete high school. This explains her absenxe from most of the year's premier events.

{{{Start NYT April 23, 1957>>>>>>

The Osario Cup, Buenos Aires, Argentina Oct 19-27
1R Bye
SF Brazil d. Uruguay 4-1 won 2 matches in singles.
F Chile d. Brazil 3-2 lost to Maria Tort 6-3 4-6 6-1
d. Carmen Ibarra 6-2 6-2
Amorain/Bueno d. Ibarra/Tort 6-1 0-6 6-4.

The new Cup is a team competition for South American women modeled on the Davis Cup. This year there were 5 teams. Maria "erratic" vs. Tort

November 12 to 17 National Championships of Brazil Sao Paulo
Womens Final I Metzner d Bueno 63 46 64
Ladies Final R Moreira/ Bueno d. L Maia/ MH Amorim 62 63

Late in the year Maria won the Orange Bowl, a famous junior event.

Against top 10 USA women
Lost to Head Knode twice, lost to Hard four times, lost to Fageros twice, defeated Miriam Arnold once, was 1-1 versus Mary Ann Mitchell

Grand Slam début: Withdrew 1r from French Championships. Did not play Wimbledon or US.

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Thanks to Chris W for many results

Dixie Championships Florida Jan 5

1r bye
2r d. I. Weber 6-1 6-1
Q/F d. E. Hixon 6-0 6-2
S/F d. L. Brown 6-3 6-1
F d. L. Kunnen 6-4 6-1

Doubles with M. Beeland

S/F d. Connerat/Veranes 6-2 6-1
F d. Vieira/Brown 6-1 6-2

Florida West Coast Championships St. Petersburg Jan 12

1r d. S. Cunningham 6-0 6-0
Q/F d. M. Beeland 6-0 6-0
S/F d. L. Felix 6-3 6-2
F d. L. Kunnen 6-3 6-3

Doubles with L. Felix

1r d. Veranes/Parker 6-0 6-0
S/F d. Sparling/Osuna 6-0 6-2
F d. Kunnen/Hopps 6-1 6-8 6-3
University of Miami Coral Gables Jan 19

1r d. VandenBosch 6-1 6-0
2r d. Blake 6-1 6-0
Q/F d. Robinson 6-1 6-2
S/F d. Hopps 6-2 6-2
F lost to Fageros 6-4 3-6 6-2

Doubles with L. Felix

Q/F d. Weber/Blake 6-0 6-0
S/F d. Fullers/Salichs 6-1 6-1
F d. Fageros/Hopps 6-0 6-4
Florida State Open Orlando Jan 26

1r d. Robinson 6-1 6-0
Q/F d. O'Brien 6-1 6-1
S/F d. Felix 6-4 6-3
F d. Hopps 6-4 6-3

Doubles with L. Felix

Q/F d. Osuna?Butt 6-4 6-2
S/F d. McLelland/O'Brien 6-1 6-2
F d. Hopps/Kunnen 9-7 6-3
Austin Smith Championships Fort Lauderdale Feb 2

1r bye
Q/F d. Robinson 6-1 6-2
S/F d. Babbitt 6-1 6-0
F d. Hopps 1-6 6-4 6-4

Doubles with L. Felix

1r bye (?)
S/F d. Robinson/Weber 6-1 6-2
F d. Hopps/Blanchard 6-2 6-1

Barranquilla March 9

3r d. de Englands 6-0 6-1
Q/F d. Ibarra 6-2 6-1
S/F d. Fageros 6-0 8-6
F lost to J. Hopps 6-3 7-5

Doubles with L. Felix

S/F d. Hopps/Hernandez 8-6 4-6 6-2
F lost to Gibson/Fageros 7-9 6-2 6-2

Mixes Doubles with M. Rose

Q/F d. Theodorocopoulos/Vogler 6-1 6-2
S/F d. Frost/Kunnen 6-2 6-1
F lost to Mulloy/Gibson 2-6 6-4 6-4

Caribe Hilton San Juan March 17-24

1r bye
2r d. M. Bonstrom 6-2 6-2
Q/F d. L. Felix 6-1 4-6 6-1
S/F lost to B. Fleitz 5-7 6-2 6-3

Doubles with A. Gibson

1e bye
Q/F d. Blanchard/Bonstrom 6-0 6-0
S/F d. Butt/Morrison 6-0 6-0
F d. Hopps/Hernandez 6-1 6-4
Montego Bay March 31

1r d. I. Vogler 6-2 6-3
Q/F d. R. Morrison 6-3 6-4
S/F d. B. Fleitz 7-5 6-3
F lost to A. Gibson 6-1 6-3

Doubles with A. Gibson

1r (Bye?)
S/F d. Butt/Morrison 6-0 6-2
F d. Hopps/Hernandez 6-3 6-4



won Miami Good Neighbour, def Hopps 75 97.
won Jacksonville, def Fageros 75 60
won Houston River Oaks

Lost City of Miami to Fageros 64 36 62 (sf)

Also Lost to Davidson in Florida

won Houston River Oaks defeated Richey in final 64 62

won Italian Championships: def Long 61 61, Bloomer 16 97 86, Coghlan 36 63 63
won Wiesbaden, def Schuurman 36 86 62 f, Reynolds 75 60 sf
won Bristol, def Long 62 46 60 sf, Mortimer 60 63 f

Lost f Manchester Northern to Gibson 61 86
Lost f Caracas to Gibson 61 46 97
Lost ?r Barranquilla to Hopps
Lost sf Naples to Segal 36 76 64
Lost sf Gstaad/Swiss to Coghlan 61 60
Lost sf German Champs to Bloomer 62 62
Lost sf Canadian International to Long 75 60
Lost sf French Chps: defeated Sukova 75 57 63 L16, Head-Knode 62 86 qf, lost Bloomer-Brasher 26 61 62.

Lost qf Wimbledon to Haydon-Jones 63 75

Lost qf US Chps to Baker-Fleitz 61 62
Lost sf Pacific SW to Hard 108 64
Lost sf Pacific Coast to C. Truman 97 57 75
Lost ?r at Palermo to Lazzarino

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SF Essex Championships defated Janet Hopps, Lost ? Mortimer

f Caracas, lost Truman 62 63
f Barranquilla (03/59) lost Knode 16 62 62
sf Naples, lost Reynolds
sf Italian Open, Rome lost Reynolds 46 75 63
f West Berlin, lost Reynolds 75 62
qf French Chps, lost Reynolds 26 64 62
won Birmingham (Edgbaston Priory) d Mortimer, Haydon 36 62 64
won Bristol, d Reynolds 64 63
won Wimbledon, d Buding 63 63 Moore 62 64 Hard 64 63
won US Championships, d Arth 46 63 75 Brough 63 62 Hard 62 64 Truman 61 64
f Pacific SW: lost Baker-Fleitz 46 64 63
dec 59, won Victorian d Holstein 61 64 qf, Carter-Reitano 61 46 61 sf, Truman 60 57 64
dec 59 won South Australian/Adelaide d Truman 61 61 ( def Smith-Court 60 63 sf )

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Essex Championships
Womens Doubles Hantze/ Hopps d. Bueno/ Hard 26 61 64

Queens Club
Womens Doubles Bueno/ Hard d. Hantze/ Hopps 61 75

Pacific Coast Championships 26 sept - 2 oct
San Francisco
Pacific Coast SF Haydon d. Bueno 7-9 7-5 6-3
Womens Doubles Bueno/ Hard d. Haydon/ Truman 62 62

Pacific Southwest Championships
Los Angeles
Womens Doubles Bueno/ Hard d. Haydon/ Truman 46 75 63

lost sf NSW to Lehane 62 46 75
Jan 60 won Western Australian/Perth def. Lehane 64 63 sf, def Truman 64 64 final.
Lost qf Austalian Championships to Court
final San Juan Puerto Rico: def. Pericoli 61 60 sf, lost Haydon 46 64 64
won Caracas, d Haydon 36 75 62
won Barranquilla, Colombia d Haydon 62 62
won Birmingham (Edgbaston Priory) d Haydon 16 63 62
sf French Champs, def Lehane 61 26 63 qf, lost Hard 63 62
withdrew from Bristol in 3r, conceded walkover to O Chesham.
won Wimbledon def Mortimer 61 61, Truman 60 57 61, Reynolds 86 60
won Swiss Champs, Gstaad, d Reynolds 62 63
f German Champs, lost Reynolds 75 86
final US Champs, d Richey 62 64, Truman 63 97, lost Hard 63 1012 64
Lost sf Pacific SW to Haydon 79 97 61 (beat King 64 75 in qf)
Won Sao Paolo beat Haydon 62 60
Lost Rio de Janeiro sf to Haydon 64 86

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Results courtesy of Chris W

Caracas March 5

Q/F d. F. de la Courtie 0-6 7-5 6-3
S/F d. A. Haydon 3-6 6-1 6-4
F d. D. Hard 7-5 6-1

Doubles with D. Hard
S/F d. de la Courtie/Vail 6-4 6-3
F d. Haydon/Ramirez 3-6 9-7 6-4

Mixed with R. Emerson
Q/F d. Scholl/Kormoczy 7-9 6-2 6-1
S/F lost to W. Knight/A. Haydon 6-3 6-4
Barranquilla Colombia Mar 12

1r d. C. Wright 3-6 6-3 6-0
Q/F d. L. Vail 6-4 6-1
S/F d. Y. Ramirez 6-3 6-4
F d. D. Hard 6-4 6-3

Doubles with D. Hard

S/F d. de la Courtie/Vail 6-4 6-3
F d. Haydon/Ramirez 8-6 6-4
Caribe Hilton San Juan Mar 19

1r bye
2r d. M. Evans 6-0 6-1
Q/F d. de la Courtie 7-5 6-3
S/F d. G. Thomas 6-2 8-6
F d. A. Haydon 3-6 6-2 6-2

Doubles with D. Hard

1r bye
Q/F d. Mehlman/Cabrera 6-0 6-0
S/F d. de la Courtie/Wright 3-6 6-4 6-0
F lost to Haydon/Ramirez 6-1 6-4
Vienna May 2

S/F d. N. Somoza 8-6 6-4
F d. d. Hard 8-6 6-3

Doubles with D. Hard

F d. R. Darmon/S. Pachta 6-0 6-1

Mixed Doubles with N. Pietrangeli

S/F d. Franz/Schuster 6-4 6-4
F lost to Legenstein/Hard 7-5 1-6 7-5
Naples May 7

Q/F d. R. Ostermann 6-4 4-6 6-3
S/F d. M-T Riedl 6-2 7-5
F lost to Y. Ramirez 6-1 14-12
Italian Championships Turin May 13 Seeded 1

2r d. B. Gunderson 6-1 6-0
3r N. Somoza 6-2 7-5
Q/F d. Y. Ramirez 4-6 6-3 6-2
S/F d. M. Smith 6-4 6-3
F d. L. Turner 6-4 6-4

Doubles with D. Hard

2r d. Butt/Dodge 6-3 6-1
Q/F d. Coronado/Ostermann 6-1 3-6 6-2
S/F lost to Smith/Reitano 6-1 7-5

Following her first loss of the year the previous week in Naples Maria had another tough tussle with Yola Ramirez in the quarters, her game taking some time to really subdue the Mexican. In the semis her fluency of shot and and variation of play kept her in command against Margaret Smith and her beautifully played drop-shot constantly had the Australian in trouble. In the final she was at her majestic best. She elected to play from the baseline because Turner's great strength lay in her short angled shot. Maria was 2-4 down in the second set but her irresistable play then reeled off the remaining games for victory.

French Championships Paris May 28

Seeded #1

1r bye
2r d. M. Hunt 6-4 6-8 6-2
3r d. M. Peterdy 6-1 6-0
4r d. L. Turner 6-2 9-7
Q/F lost to S. Kormoczy 6-3 6-3

Doubles with D. Hard

1r bye
2r d. Lampe/Gunderson 6-0 8-6
3r d. Ebbern/Hopman 6-4 6-4
Q/F d. Hunt/Hutchings 6-1 6-1
S/F d. Lekane/Turner 5-7 7-5 7-5
F lost to Reynolds/Schuurman def.

Mixed Doubles with B. Howe

1r bye
2r d. Fernandes/Hellyer 6-3 6-0
3r d. Mulligan/Darmon 6-2 6-1
Q/F lost to Javorsky/Puzejova def.

After a dour struggle with Margaret Hunt of South Africa in the first round Maria reaches the quarters where she is surprisingly beaten by the fine clay court player Suzy Kormoczy. We can only speculate how much of this was down to illness. Maria then had to pull out of the women's doubles final and the mixed quarters.

She was diagnosed with hepatitis and was off the circuit for the remainder of the year-10 months in total.


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Big thanks to Chris Whiteside for these
Caribbean International Montego Bay Jamaica March 11

1r d. M. Hellyer 6-2 6-3
Q/F lost to E. Buding 0-6 6-4 6-2

Doubles with D. Hard.
S/F d. C. Truman/ R. Schuurman 4-6 6-2 6-3
F d. E. Buding/Y. Ramirez 6-2 6-2

Maria returns to the circuit having been absent since her bout of hepatitis after the French Championships in 1961.

Barranquilla Colombia March 18

1r d. O. Soto 6-0 6-0
Q/F d. M. Hellyer 6-2 6-2
S/F lost to Y. Ramirez 7-5 6-0

Doubles F D. Hard/Bueno d. C. Truman/R. Schuurman 6-1 6-4

Caracas Venezuela Mar 25

1r bye
Q/F d. E. Starkie 6-3 7-5
S/F d. Y. Ramirez 6-2 6-4
F d. D. Hard 6-2 5-7 6-2

Doubles with D. Hard

Q/F d. Savey/Savey 6-1 6-0
S/F d. E. Starkie/C. Wright 6-4 6-2
F d. C. Truman/R. Schuurman 6-1 6-1

Mixed Doubles

S/F R. Laver/Bueno d. M. Snagster/R. Schuurman 6-2 6-1
F d. R. Emerson/C. Truman 7-5 7-5

Maria plays mixed with Rod Laver Grand Slam Champion of 1962!

Caribe Hilton San Juan April 1

1r bye
2r d. C. Golbert 6-0 6-0
Q/F d. E. Buding 6-1 3-6 7-5
S/F D. Y. Ramirex 6-1 6-1
F lost to G. Thomas 3-6 6-3 6-3

shock defeat to second string American player


S/F Bueno/D. Hard d. C. Wright/E. Starkie 6-0 6-2
F d. Y. Ramirez/E. Buding 6-4 6-2

Masters Invitation St. Petersburg April 8

1r ?
Q/F d. J. Alvarez 6-4 8-6
S/F d. E. Buding 8-6 7-5
F d. D. Hard 6-1 3-6 6-4

Doubles F Bueno/D. Hard d. Y. Ramirez/E. Buding 6-1 6-3

Italian Championships Rome May 15

1r bye
2r d. E. Ullstein 6-0 6-0
3r d. M. Schacht 6-3 6-2
Q/F d. V. Sukova 6-2 6-2
S/F d. C. Truman 6-2 4-6 7-5
F lost to M. Smith 8-6 5-7 6-4

Doubles with D. Hard

1r bye
2r d. Bender/Ibarra def
Q/F d. Hawton/Dening 6-4 6-2
S/F d. M. Smith/J. Bricka 3-6 7-5 6-4
F d. L. Pericoli/S. Lazzarino 6-4 6-4

Maria beats Christine Truman in the semis played in a drizzle on a slushy, slippery court after being 2-5 0-30 down in the final set.

In a closely fought final against Margaret Smith the rules of the game were flouted in full view of the public and press when both players were receiving help from thier "seconds", in Maria's case Mr. da Silva Costa, the Brazilian Davis Cup team captain. Bueno developed leg cramp at the start of the 3rd set but no salt pills could be found. She battled on gamely but "was like a bird with one wing clipped."

Baden-Baden Germany May 20

1r ?
Q/F d. V. Forbes 6-3 6-2
S/F d. S. Price 6-4 8-6
F d. R. Schuurman 2-6 6-4 6-3

Bielefield Germany Jun 3

Q/F ?
S/F lost to R. Ostermann 5-7 7-5 0-3 def.

Having elected not to play in the French Championships one assumes perhaps, for financial reasons, Maria pulls out of her semi when leading 3-0 in the final set. (Reason not available).

Playing in the mixed doubles with her brother Pedro Maria loses to Drobny/Ostermann 6-3 6-2.

Berlin June 11

1r bye
2r d. I. Pohmann 3-6 6-4 6-2
Q/F d. A. Sturm 6-2 6-1
S/F lost to J. Lehane 6-3 6-4

West of England Championships Bristol Jun 16

1r bye
2r d. V. O'Donnell 6-2 6-1
Q/F d. H. Segal 6-1 6-3
S/F d. E. Buding 3-6 6-3 6-3
F lost to M. Smith 6-1 3-6 6-2

London Grass Court Championships Queen's Club Jun 22

Doubles only played. With D. Hard

1r ?
Q/F d. V. Palmer/N. Richey 6-2 6-3
S/F d. M. du Pont/M. Varner 8-6 7-5
F lost to J. Bricka/M. Smith 6-3 6-2

Mixed doubles with B. Howe

Q/F d. B. Phillips-Moore/V. Suhova 4-6 7-5 6-4
S/F d. Likhachev/A. Dmitrieva 6-4 3-6 6-3
F d. Yates-Bell/Hann 6-3 6-2


Seeded #3 behind M. Smith and D. Hard

1r d. M. Varner 6-3 6-4
2r d. E. Buding 6-4 4-6 6-3
3r d. A. Dmitrieva 3-6 6-1 6-1
4r d. D. Catt 7-5 8-6
Q/F d. L. Turner 2-6 6-4 6-2
S/F lost to V. Sukova 6-4 6-3

Doubles with D. Hard.

1r bye
2r d. P. Courteix/M. Marechal 6-0 6-1
3r d. M. du Pont/M. Varner 6-0 1-6 6-3
Q/F d. J. Lehane/L. Turner 4-6 6-2 6-3
S/F lost to S. Price/R. Schuurman 6-3 6-3

Mixed doubles with Bob Howe

1r bye
2r d. N. Nath/H. Schultze 6-4 6-2
3r d. P. Darmon/R. Darmon 6-1 6-3
4r d. C.Fernandes/M. Hellyer 7-5 6-4
Q/F d. m.Sangster/D. Catt 6-4 6-4
S/F lost to D. Ralston/A. Haydon 6-3 8-10 6-4

A Wimbledon of upsets. Maria has been off form since defaulting to Osternmann at Bielefield struggling against opponents she should beat on grass. Drops another set to Buding and also one to Dmitrieva on the way to the semis where she became unsettled by the crowd laughing at her pink knickers and lost to Vera Sukova who had previously beaten Hard. Having thrashed Vera at the Italian ,her (Sukova's) best surface, Bueno was expected to win comfortably against a player not known for grass expertise. Her off-form also shown by the defeat to Price and Schuurman in the doubles semis.

Baastad Sweden Jul 22

1r bye
Q/F d. M. Larsson 6-1 6-0
S/F d. K. Frendelius 6-1 6-1
F d. U. Sandulf 6-2 6-0

Doubles with C. Coronado

S/F d. R. Drobny/B. Gulbrandsson 6-0 6-0
F d. K. Horsma/G. Rosin 6-2 6-1

Mixed with P. Bueno

S/F d. Mandarino/Coronado 8-6 4-6 7-5
F d. Myyssonem/Horsma 6-3 6-1

Dutch Championships Hilversum Jul 29

1r bye
2r d. V. Fladgate 6-2 6-0
Q/F d. V. Forbes 6-2 6-1
S/F d. J. Forbes 6-0 6-1
F d. S. Price 6-1 4-6 6-2

Doubles with Bob Howe

1r bye
2r d. Clayton/de Jong 6-3 6-2
Q/F d. Davidson/van Rijn 6-2 6-45
S/F d. Bowrey/Blackman 6-4 6-1
F lost to Rubinoff/Tegart 6-2 6-2

German Championships Hamburg Aug 7

1r bye
2r d. ?
3r d. V. Forbes 6-2 6-3
Q/F lost to. R. Schuurman 6-1 6-3

Mixed Doubles with Bob Howe

1r ?
2r d. Olvera/Foerstendorf 6-1 6-0
3r d. Gulyas/Osterman 6-2 6-4
Q/F ?
S/F ?
F lost to K. Fletcher/L. Turner 9-7 6-1

Against Maria in the semis Schuurman played "beautifully with power, placement and variety in abundance. Much of this must have contributed towards Bueno's poor play but, at the same time, it was sad to see the hesitancy and lack of confidence in the play of one who is endowed with such qualities to produce play of the highest order."

Essex Manchester Mass Aug 19

1r ?
2r d. C. A. Loop
Q/F d. D. Catt 6-1 6-3
S/F d. S. Price 6-4 6-2
F lost to M. Smith 6-1 6-4

Doubles with D. Hard

1r d. Fretz/Jaster 6-4 6-2
Q/F d. Behlmar/Sherar 6-1 6-2
S/F d. Catt/Starkie 1-6 6-3 6-4
F lost to Smith/Bricka 6-2 6-1

US National Doubles Chestnut Hill Mass Aug 25

with D. Hard

1r bye
2r d. D. Floyd/J. Tegart 6-3 6-2
Q/F d. D. Catt/E. Starkie 6-2 6-2
S/F d. S. Price/R. Schuurman 6-1 6-3
F d. K. Susman/B. J. Moffitt 4-6 6-3 6-2

Forest Hills Aug 31 - Sept 10

1r d. R. Ostermann 6-3 6-4
2r d. R. Jones 6-2 6-0
3r d. D. Catt 6-4 8-6
4r d. C. Caldwell 6-0 6-3
Q/F d. D. Floyd 6-1 6-3
S/F lost to M. Smith 6-8 6-3 6-4

Mixed doubles with P. Bueno

1r lost to R. Holmberg/J. Lehane 6-3 3-6 6-1

The opening set was a fine battle between Maria and margaret with with Bueno edging it. However, it was the quiet and determined temperament of the Australian which turned the victory tide her way. Miss Bueno's extra efforts to hold her early advantage brought tension and consequent inconsistencies and the worrying effects of this were shown at times in her annoyance.

Pacific Southwest Championships Los Angeles Sept 23

1r bye
2r d. K. Harter 6-2 6-3
3r lost to C. A. Loop 6-4 9-7

Doubles with D. Hard

1r bye
2r d. Yeomans/Ranney 6-1 6-2
Q/F d. Kimbrell/Moore 7-5 6-2
S/F d. Schuurman/Behlmar 6-0 6-2
F lost to C. Caldwell/J. Tegart 7-5 10-8

Disappointing loss to lower-ranked American player.

Pacific Coast Berkeley Calif Sept 30

1r d. N. Sluiter 6-1 6-0
2r d. L. Abbes 6-2 6-1
Q/F d. E. Starkie 6-1 6-2
S/F lost to R. Schuurman 6-2 6-2

Doubles with D. Hard

1r bye
Q/F d. Gai/Welles 6-3 6-0
S/F d. Danilovich/Berner 6-2 6-1
F d. E. Starkie/ J. Tegart 6-4 6-2

Following her shock defeat the previous week Maria bows out for the season with yet another disappointing effort losing 2 and 2 to Schuurman.

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won Caracas, def Turner 75 86
won St Petersburg beat Turner 62 11-9
lost Miami sf to Turner 64 64 ( or 61 64?)
lost sf Tampa Dixie to Turner 62 57 86
lost Montego Bay final to Turner 36 60 62
lost Barranquilla semi-final to Turner.
San Juan. Scratched to Judy Alvarez in qf upset by offcourt interruptions.

Won Cape Town/Western Province Champs def Hard 75 63
Won Johannesburg Southern Transvaal, def Hard 63 63
Won Eastern Province def Hard 64 36 63
Lost final of Border Champs to Hard 97 06 108
Lost qf Natal to Val Koorsten-Forbes 57 16
Lost Orange Free State to van Zyl round?
In a two day match between South Africa and the rest of the World at Johannesburg Schuurman d Bueno 6-2 6-8 9-7.

Lost Casablanca final to Lehane 63 62
Lost Nottingham final to Hard 75 61
Lost sf Manchester Northern to Lehane 46 62 63
Lost sf Queens to Ebbern 63 63
Lost qf Wimbledon to King 62 75.

At USCC defaulted qf singles vs Gwyneth Thomas.
Won Piping Rock def Hanks 62 61
Finalist Essex Manchester lost Smith Court 64 119
Orange lost Richey ? score and round
Womens Doubles Bueno/ Hard d. Ebbern/ Smith 63 75

Pennsylvania Lawn Tennis Championships
Haverford july 22-29
Womens Doubles Bueno/ Hard d. Ebbern/ Smith 68 1614 64
Won US – def Richey 63 62 qf, Jones 16 62 97 sf Court 75 64 final
Sf Pacific SW –lost King 63 64
Finalist Pacific Coast, lost to Hard 63 63

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won East London, Border Champs, def Hard 64 64
lost sf Port Elizabeth to van Zyl 26 57
Lost sf Durban to van Zyl 36 97 16
Divided Capetown, Western Province Champs with Hard
Won Pretoria, Northern Transvaal def Hard 64 36 75
Lost final Southern Transvaal to Hard 64 64
Lost final Orange Free State to Hard 86 26 61
At Eastern Transvaal in Benoni conceded a walkover to Haydon-Jones
Lost sf SA Championships to Jones 16 46 – won doubles w/ Hard vs M. Hunt/ van Zyl 64 68 60

At Italian Champs lost qf to Ebbern 26 63 26 Lost mixed doubles final w/ Koch to Newcombe and Smith 36 75 62
Lost French final to Court 57 61 62 (def Tegart 46 64 75 L16, Hantze 64 60 qf, Turner 36 62 60 sf)

reached sf of Manchester Northern with King Caldwell and Richey but tournament washed out.
Shared beckenham (3-5 divided w/ Court)
Won Wimbledon, def Ebbern 64 61 qf, Turner 36 64 64 sf, Court 64 79 63 final
won Welsh Chps, def Haydon 63 62
won Irish Chps, def Puzejova-Sukova 60 61

won Baden Baden, defeated Baylon 63 46 64
lost Dutch Chps final to Court 60 16 63
lost German Chps final to Court 61 61 def Turner sf 911 63 63

Won US Champs, Tegart 61 61 L16, Ebbern 64 61 qf, Hanks 64 62 sf, Caldwell 61 60 final
won Pacific South West at Los Angeles, def King 36 63 62

r/u Sth American Open to Richey 46 62 64
In November led Brazilians to victory in South American Team Championships (def Argentina 4-1 in final)

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Federation Cup Melbourne Jan 18


1r bye
QF v France d. Francoise Durr 6-1 4-6 6-4
in doubles with Scwartz lost to Lieffrig /Durr 6-8 6-3 6-4

With Lieffrig beating Schwartz in the second singles this put Brazil out of the tournament. The doubles was an exciting match with Maria trying to cover too much teritory in an effort to shield her young partner. It also deprived a much looked forward to clash between Bueno and Smith in an Australia v Brazil semi.

ends Feb 2 Australian Championships

1r bye
2r d. Gordigiani (Ity)6-2 6-2
3r d. Gourlay 6-3 6-4
QF d. Tegart 6-2 6-2
SF d. van Zyl (SA) 6-2 6-3
F lost to Smith 5-7 6-4 5-2 0-15 def.

Doubles with Baylon. #2 seeds

1r bye
2r d. Blackman/Whitely 6-3 6-4
QF d. Jones/Tegart 6-2 6-2
Sf lost to Moffitt/Ebbern [3] 6-2 7-5

Following the staging of the Federation Cup in Melbourne the Australian Championships had its strongest ever field. Maria sailed serenely through to the final to meet her arch-rival Margaret Smith. The world #1 position was in hot contention, the experts being almost evenly divided between the two at the end of 1964.

Nerves upset the normal fluent stroking of both girls but particularly the serving and play of Smith who led 3-0 and 4-2 in the first set only to lose it 5-7. She then led 4-1 in the second but dropped serve to allow Bueno back to 3-4. Then each girl lost her serve in four straight games to tie the match up at set all. After a 10 minute interval the score reached 2-2 when Maria took a tumble to the groundand rose, testing her ankle. From then on she appeared to favor trhat leg while continuing the match. As often happens protecting one leg brings on bad effects to the other . It was now apparent that Bueno was trying only for shots that were within her reach and that she saved herself for the big points, giving away shots that she could normally reach. Against a player of Smith's class this could only produce one result and the end was clearly in sight. It came to an abtopt end when at 2-5 15-0 Maria served a half-paced ball which Margaret swept past her backhand. Maria dropped to the ground in great pain as she clutched her left leg. Cramp had followed the strain put on the leg and as she writhed in pain she had no option but to forfeit the match.

It is stated that Maria's participation in the Italian Championships was her first for 6 weeks as she had been resting a leg injury. This would appear to be the one sustained at the Australian Champs although the time elapsed is 3 months. However there does not appear to be a record of any appearances in tournaments since then.

Starts Feb 5 Wills International Auckland, New Zealand
Withdrew in wake of Aussie default-On Feb 3 fans in Sydney demonstrated and "shouted abuse" at tennis officials when her scheduled exhibition with Margaret Smith is cancelled only two hours before start time. It took police 30 minutes to clear the grounds at White City. 10,000 had bought tickets to see the two women.

Doubles with SchwartzQF Lost to Clement/Vercoe 6-2 6-3

Italian Chanpionships Rome May 3-11 #1 seed

1r bye
2r d. Maria Leyrer (Austria) 6-1 4-6 6-2
3r d. Subirats 6-2 6-3
QF d. Volavkova 6-1 6-0
SF d. Annette van Zyl 6-4 6-0
F d. Nancy Richey (US) [2] 6-1 1-6 6-3

Doubles No entry

Mixed Doubles with T Roche

1r bye
2r d. Zuleta/Zuleta 6-2 6-0
QF d. Koudelka/VBolavkova def
SF lost to Mandarino/Coronado 6-8 6-4 6-4

Her first event in many weeks due to a foot injury.

Maria won the final "playing a bold net game, hitting sliced shots that made the ball bounce crazily, and kept Miss Richey under constant pressure." Now lwads 3-2 in their head to head. Of Nancy she said."I connot understand why she does not attaxk. Playing the way she does she will never win any major tournaments."

Florence May 12-16

SF d. Francesca Gordigiani 6-4 6-3
F d. van Zyl 6-4 6-4

After a rusty first match in which she was within a point of going 1-3 down in the final set against Maria Leyrer, trying to serve and volley in the gloom of late evening when it was called off, she returned the next dat to run through 5 straight games and was untroubled in reaching the final against Nancy Richey. Maria could do nothing wrong in the first set and nothing right in the second as her opponent found length and accuracy. At 3-3 in the final set Maria sudeenly became dazzlingly brilliant again and swept to victory.

French Championships Paris May 30 Seeded 2

1r bye
2r d. Repoux def.
3r d. Betty Stove 6-1 6-2
4r d. Gail Sherriff [15] 6-1 3-6 6-4
QF d. Annette van Zyl [7] 6-4 6-3
SF lost to LesleyTurner [3] 2-6 6-4 8-6

Doubles No entry

Mixed Doubles with J Newcombe

1r bye
2r d. Maud/Swann 7-5 11-9
3r d. Sturdza/Spinoza 6-4 6-0
4r d. Gerrard/Schildeknecht 11-9 6-2
Q/F d. McMillan/van Zyl 7-5 6-2
S/F d. Dell/Durr 6-3 6-4
F lost to Fletcher/Smith 6-4 6-4

Yet again Maria's attempts to win at RG end in heartbreak. She came through a very close last 16 match against Gail Sherriff 6-4 final set. Her opponent had frequent game points but Maria's experience just pulled her through. On set point for Gail Maria was called for a foot fault-losing the set. The linesman who made the call was removed from the match by the tournament officals! The semi-final against Lesley Turner could have gone either way. It was reported that Matia looked far from being in good health and had a certain worrying fragility. But she compensated with beautiful shots and a "je ne sais quoi" that the other girls lack. Maria had the ability to take the ball on the rise and hit it back before her opponent has even finished swinging on the follow-through. This means her opponent is always being pressed and hustled. However, Lesley who covered the court very well was solid as a rock and managed to achieve consitency against Maria's attack to come through 8-6 final set. Playing with John Newcombe in Mixed Doubles Maria reaches the final losing to Fletcher and Smith.

Northern Championships Manchester England June 5

1r d. ??? "Won easily" according to NYT
2r d. Elsa Krocke (Neth) 6-0 6-1
QF d. Rita Bentley 6-1 6-3
SF d. Lesley Turner (Aus) 6-3 7-5
F lost to Margaret Smith (Aus) 6-1 7-5

Smith won the first 5 games in the final.

Kent Championships Beckenham England June 6-12 #1 seed

1r bye
2r d. Mary McAnally 6-0 6-1
3r d. Helen Allen 6-0 6-1
QF d. Tegart 6-2 7-5
SF d. Moffitt 6-2 6-0
F lost to Margaret Smith [2] 4-6 6-3 6-3

Doubles with Moffitt

SF d. Schacht/van Zyl 6-2 6-0
F d. Smith/Turner 7-9 7-5 9-7

Maria loses to Smith for the 13th time in 17 meetings. At 3-3 she unravels at 30-30, footfaulting away a point then letting a return go that landed well in court. She was so unnnerved she dropped the next 5 points.

London Grass Courts Queen's Club Jun 19

Doubles only with Moffitt

SF d. Dmitrieva/Tegart 6-2 6-2
F lost to Smith/Turner 10-8 6-2

Final "a two hour slugfest that had the bleachers in ecstasy"

The Championships Wimbledon Jun 22 - Jul 4 Seeded #1

1r bye
2r d. Shaw 6-3 6-2
3r d. Schacht 6-4 7-5
4r d. Jones 6-4 7-5
QF d. Albert 6-2 6-2
SF d. Moffitt [5] 6-4 5-7 6-3
F lost to Margaret Smith [2] 6-4 7-5

Doubles with B.J. Moffitt-#2 seeds

1r bye
2r d. Bassi/Riedl 6-2 6-0
3r d. Cawthorne/Lloyd 6-3 6-1
QF d. Krocke/Stove 6-1 6-3
SF d. Graebner/Richey [3] 6-2 6-2
F d. Durr/Lieffrig 6-2 7-5

Mixed Doubles with D. Ralston-#3 seeds

1r bye
2r d. Drysdale/Wiggill def.
3r d. Wooldridge/Williams 6-1 6-4
4r d. Kelso/Roberts 6-0 6-2
QF d. Graebner/Graebner 6-2 6-4
SF lost to Fletcher/Smith [2] 7-5 6-4

Maria had to play Ann Jones, unseeded because of a neck injury which had sen her default in several previous tournaments, in the last 16. She won in two splendid sets responding to the first sunshine of the meeting by looking like the champion against an opponent playing her best match in months. In the semi she net Billie Jean Moffitt with both playing well - quality tennis matched by quality tennis , brilliant shots by ones as brilliant and the serve-volley game was presented at its beat. Bueno just possessed a slight edge. Her service return was the more effective. She was full of imperious impatience with herself when things went wrong and full of imperious grace of power anyway. Moffitt had to call deeper on her reserves to match this quality and she made a great effort but was unable top maintain it until the finish. In the final set BJ pulled up from 1-4 to 3-4 but Bueno was full of persuasive talent and won through in the ninth game on her fifth match point. Although Margaret Smith won the final in straight sets it was a memorable final full of high quality with return of serve a key factor. At 4-5 on set point a sensational lob plumb on the baseline ended the first set. Maria led 4-2 and 5-3 in the second set attacking at the net on her service return and in the next game she had Smith at 0-30 but lost the next four points and then crucially she double-faulted twice in the next game. 5-5. Smith only lost 1 more point in wrapping it up.

Maria garnered a lot of attention for her Ted Tingling dresses-one number had 200 gold stones.

With a new partnership with Moffitt they won the doubles pretty comfortably after Smith/Turner the favourites got knocked out by Durr/Lieffrig.

Irish Championships July 5-10

1r bye
2r d. P. O'Gorman 6-2 6-0
QF d. L. Croskerry 6-1 6-3
SF d. Robyn Lesh (Aus) 7-5 6-0
F d. Christine Truman (GB) 10-8 6-4

Doubles with Truman
F d. Blake/Eisel 6-0 6-1

Mixed Doubles with T. Roche
F d. Davidson/Lesh 6-2 6-2

Swiss Championships Gstaad Jul 18

1r bye
2r d. Terras 6-0 6-2
Q/F d. Rees-Lewis 6-3 7-5
S/F d. Helga Schultze 6-2 3-6 6-4
F lost to Francoise Durr (Fr) 10-8 6-1

Mixed Doubles with J. Newcombe
1r bye
Q/F d. Fox/Jieffrig 9-6
S/F d. Dell/Durr 9-6
F d. Fraser/Schultze 6-2 6-3

Quarters and semis were played one set only first to 9 games by a margin of 2. WT describes her and German Harald Elschenbroich as "inseparable".

Montana Valais Switzerland July 25

QF d. Spinoza 6-1 6-1
SF d. Fay Toyne 6-1 6-1
F shared with Madonna Schacht due to rain

Mixed doubles with Elschenbroich

1r d. Werren/de Croon 6-2 6-3
Q/F d. Ryan/Subirats 7-5 6-2
S/F d. Stone/G. Sherriff 6-3 4-6 7-5
F shared with Mulligan/Schacht due to rain.

Essex Invitation Manchester Mass Aug 22

Doubles only with B. J. Moffitt
1r bye
2r d. Callaway/Schrader 6-1 6-2
Q/F d. Aucamp/Reed 6-4 6-3
S/F d.Fretz/Heldman 6-2 6-2
F d. Blake/Harter 6-4 6-2

US Championships Sept 12 Seeded # 2

1r d. Bedard 6-2 6-0
2r d. Lieffrig (Fr) 6-2 6-4
3r d. Eisel 6-2 6-3
QF d. Carole Graebner [7] 8-6 1-6 9-7
SF lost to Billie Jean Moffitt [5] 6-2 6-3

Mixed Doubles with D. Ralston

1r bye
2r d. Cox/Truman 6-2 9-11 6-4
Q/F lost to Mangan?Edrich def

Maria was slightly off-form. In a tremendous quarter final she just outlasted Carole Graebner 9-7 final set having saved a match point at 5-6. She never appeared secure and had trouble moving but her great natural flair for the game came to her rescue and she managed to win the vital points. In the semis against Moffitt her perfection of mobility was impaired, her eye was decidedly off and, with her highly emotional temperament, she was never in the match. Her mood wasn't helped by the decision to move the match from the Stadium to the much smaller Grandstand. Neither the press nor the public was informed of the move-the newspaper writers were fuming at the USTA.

Pacific Southwest, Los Angeles #1 seed
1R d. Stephanie Grant 6-2 6-2.
2R d. Margaret michel 6-3 6-1
3R lost to Paulette Verzin 5-7 7-5 retired.

Ranked #2 in the world at year end.

Went on vacation to the islands after the PSW-winning the doubles title with her friend Carla Beach.

F d. Ballam/Saffery

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*Used NYT and World Tennis (Missing Nov-Dec issues)

Maria is out for 6 months because of a series of knee operations in December of 1965. As she leaves for Paris a throng of cheering fans sees her off at the airport.

ends June 5 French Championships:#2 seed
1R bye
2R d. Yvonne Wilkinson (SA) 6-0 6-0
3R d. Pilar Barril (Sp) 6-1 6-1
4R d. Gail Sherriff (Aus) 6-4 3-6 6-1
QF d. Francoise Durr 3-6 6-4 6-4
SF lost To Ann Jones (GB) [3] 4-6 8-6 6-3.

Maria survived a slew of errors in overcoming Durr by producing enough sizzling winners in the third, the reporter writing "she has the reach of an octopus." Bueno wilts under a hot sun in the third set of the semi.

June 6-11 Beckenham
1R bye
2R d. Rosemary Deloford 2-0 retired.
3R d. Olga Morozova (USSR) 6-2 6-2
QF d. Trudi Groenman (Neth) 6-2 6-3.
SF d. Galina Baksheeva (USSR) 8-6 7-5
F conceded w/o to Karen Krantzcke (Aus).

Kidney stones caused her to default the final. She is 25 pounds lighter than last year.

Ends June 18 Queen's Club (Doubles only #2 seed with Nancy Richey)
SF Lost to Casals/King 6-3 3-6 6-1

June 19-July 2 Wimbledon #2 seed
1R bye
2R d. Stephanie DeFina (US) 6-1 6-2
3R d. Tory Fretz (US) 6-2 6-0
4R d. Judy Tegart (Aus) 6-3 4-6 6-2
QF d. Francoise Durr (Fr) [7] 6-4 6-3
SF d. Ann Jones [3] 6-3 9-11 7-5
F Lost to Billie Jean King (US) [4] 6-3 3-6 6-1

Doubles with Richey #2 seeds
1R bye
2R d. Emanuel/Rossouw 6-3 6-2
3R d. Fretz/Heldman 6-1 6-2
QF d. Shaw/Williams 6-4 6-2
SF d. Krantzke/Melville 6-2 6-3
F d. Smith/Tegart [1] 6-4 4-6 6-4.

Doubts about her health (knee, kidney stones and being underweight) lead many to discount her chances on the eve of the Championships. The classic semi vs. Jones "raised the roof" as Ann saved 2 match points at 8-9 in the second, which sent "the center court into a frenzy", then 6 more match points from 0-5 in the third. Ann had a point for 6-5 before Maria saved it with an ace. The senorita was so excited on winning that she lept in the air.

Some of the crowd queued in line overnight for the final. In what "never became a great battle" Billie Jean dictated play throughout, cleverly lobbing Bueno. Purists decried the numerous double faults and errors as both girls tried to reach net first.

Maria got some consolation by winning the doubles, serving an ace on match point.

July 3-9 Welsh Champs,
1R bye??
2R d. Vicki Berner (Can) 6-1 6-1
QF d. Judy Tegart (Aus) 1-6 6-1 6-2
SF d. Norma Baylon (Arg) 6-1 6-1
F d. Annette van Zyl (SA) 6-2 6-0

The final takes only 27 minutes!

July 10-16 lHoylake Open, Liverpool, UK
QF d. Carol Sheriff (Aus) 6-0 6-2
SF Lost to Anette van Zyl (SA) 3-6 7-5 8-6.

Doubles with Margaret Smith
F d. Baylon/Van Zyl 6-2 6-1

Maria plays the whole event in her red track suit after a thief steals her clothes from the tent serving ast he ladies changing room. Another unusual aspect was her partnering Margaret Smith in the doubles.

ends August 9 German
1R Bye
2R d. Christina Sandberg (Swd) 6-3 6-1
3R d. Gail Sheriff (Aus) 8-6 6-2
QF d. Francoise Durr (Fr) 2-6 6-3 6-3
SF d. Ann Jones (GB) 6-0 8-6
F Lost to Margaret Smith (Aus) 8-6 6-3

Maria took risks to grab a 4-2 lead in the first, but Smith's cleaner play won out.

August 10-15 Munich
3R d. Kathy Harter (US) 7-5 6-2
QF d. Aimut Sturm 6-3 6-1
SF Lost to Helga Niessen 7-5 6-3

Doubles with Margaret Smith
F d. Niessen/Orth 6-4 6-3

Aug 17-21 Essex, Manchester, Mass, US #2 seed.
1R Bye
2R d. Joyce Davenport 6-1 6-1
QF d. Sue Behlmar 6-2 6-2
SF d. Virginia Wade (GB) [4] 8-6 6-2
F d. Francoise Durr (Fr) [3] 6-4 6-8 6-1

Bueno now 6-1 vs. Durr after win. Francoise was done in by 11 double faults.

August 21-28 US National Doubes, Longwood, Mass
With Nancy Richey #1 seeds

1R bye
2R d. Lamm/Pigeon 6-0 6-2
3R d. Ashner/Bartkowitz 6-1 6-1
QF d. DeFina/Fretz [10] 11-9 6-3
SF d. Shaw/Wade [3] 6-3 6-2.
F d. Casals/King [2] 6-3 6-4

Bueno and Richey win with surprisingly ease in 41 minutes.

Pacific Coast

1r bye
2r d. van der Meer 6-1 6-1
3r d. Gai 6-0 6-0
Q/F d. Shaw 1-6 6-3 8-6

No doubles entry.

Sept 1- United States Nationals, Forest Hills, NY. #2 seed
1R d. Kathy Blake 6-0 6-0
2R d. Lynne Abbes 6-3 6-3
3R d. Stepahnie de Fina 6-2 6-4
QF d. Norma Baylon (Arg) 6-0 6-1
SF d. Rosie Casals 6-2 10-12 6-3
F d. Nancy Richey 6-3 6-1

Casals acrobatic shots had the large crowd roaring for an upset. In the cliffhanger seconf set games went to deuce over and over-the 19th game alone had 22 points. The final is no contest, as Maria sweeps 10 of the last 11 games from 2-3 in the first.

ends Sept 25 Pacific Southwest Los Angeles,
1R d. Henreid 6-1 6-2
2R d. Ingrid Lofdahl (Swd) 6-0 6-2
QF d. K. Pigeon 6-1 6-2
SF d. Tory Fretz 6-2 6-1
F d. Patti Hogan 6-2 6-2

Sept 26-Oct 2 Pacific Coast Champs Berkeley San francisco, #1 seed

1r bye
2r d. van der Meer 6-1 6-1
3r d. Gai 6-0 6-0
QF d. Shaw 1-6 6-3 8-6
SF d. Virginia Wade (GB) [6] 6-4 7-5
F d. Rosie Casals [3] 6-4 2-6 6-1

Interestingly, at end of 1966 while both Potter and Tingay ranked King at #1 and Bueno at 2 & 3, a few lists gave the #1 spot to Maria.

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*Used NYT and WT

A few early round matches incomplete. I could find no record of the Antwerp tournament . Many tournaments Maria opted not to play doubles. World Tennis lists a win over Subirats in her record. This probably relates to the 2r at Northern Manchester.

South African Championships Johannesburg Mar 14-27 #2 seed

1r d. Sylvia Scott 6-1 6-2 *note-maybe 2R with 1R bye.
3r d. Glenda Swan 6-2 5-7 6-1
QF d. Truman 6-8 6-1 6-2
SF d. van Zyl 6-1 6-2
F lost to King [1] 7-5 6-4

Doubles with Tegart

1r bye
2r d. Roussouw/Botha 6-1 6-1
Q/F d. Toyne/Johnson 8-6 6-2
S/F d. Swan/Walkden 7-5 6-4
F lost to King/Casals 4-6 6-1 6-3

Mixed with Fletcher

3r d. Drossart/Toyne 6-3 7-5
Q/F d. Hombergen/Lieffrig 6-2 6-4
S/F d. Emerson/Tegart 8-10 7-5 6-4
F lost to Davidson/King 6-1 6-3

Her 40 minute destruction win Van Zyl before 4,500 was "a bitter dissapointment" to the partisan crowd. The final was "full of errors and lost services."

Salisbury Rhodesia March 28-Apr 2

F d. Judy Tegart 7-5 6-4

Paris International May 1 #1 seed

1r bye
2r d. Marion Cristiani 6-0 6-1
QF d. Monique Salfati 6-0 6-2
SF d. Faye Toyne [4] 6-3 6-1
F lost to Francoise Durr [2] 4-6 7-5 6-1

Italian Championships Rome May 15 #1 seed

1r bye
2r d. Pegel 6-1 6-3
3r d. Melinda Duday 6-1 6-0
QF d. Baksheyeva 6-4 6-2
SF d. Pericoli 6-2 6-0
F lost to Turner [2] 6-3 6-3

Mixed Doubles with Davidson
1r bye
2r d. Szikszai/Szabo 6-1 6-1
Q/F d. Likhachev/Pegel 6-4 6-2
S/F lost to McMillan/Durr 6-2 7-5

Won 10 straight games over Pericoli in the semis, "smashing and volleying to wonderful effect" on a rain soaked court. turner was solid as a rock in the final, wlilst Maria piled up errors. Bueno said afterwards that she had been bothered by the wind and the muddy court.

May 18-21 Reggio Emilia

QF Bueno d Subirats 64 75
SF walkover to Lea Pericoli

French Championships Paris Jun 4 Seeded 3

1r bye
2r d. Vives 6-2 6-4
3r d. Godwin 6-2 6-0
4r d. Wade 6-1 7-5
QF lost to Durr 5-7 6-1 6-4

No doubles entries.

Durr takes out Bueno on a day when 3 of the 4 favorites are toppled.

Northern Manchester England Jun 10

1r bye
2r d. Pepe Munslow 6-1 6-1
3r d. Sally Holdsworth 6-2 6-2
QF d. Williams 6-0 6-1
SF d. Eisel 6-1 6-2
F d. Krantzcke 6-4 6-3

Maria wins this event for the 1st time in 5 tries. In a newspaper article she gave her opinion of the current women: "there is nobody to play anymore.There are only about 4 of us at the top in tennis today-quality seems to have given way to quantity." After stating she expected to play two more years then turn pro to coach at an American club she continued. "There is nothing to look forward to anymore. I have acheived everything I ever wanted to. The public always loves an underdog. ..My main problem is wherever I go I am expected to win."

Beckenham Jun 17

1r bye
2r d. Frances MacLennan 6-1 6-2
3r d. Kathy Blake 6-1 6-0
QF lost to Tegart 5-7 7-5 6-4

The Championships Wimbledon Jun 26 - Jul 8 Seeded 2

1r bye
2r d. Rossouw 6-3 6-1
3r d. Abbes 6-4 6-0
4r lost to Casals 2-6 6-2 6-3

Doubles with Richey #1 seeds
1r bye
2r d. Beltrame/Gordigiani 6-1 6-1
3r d. Shaw/Williams 6-1 6-2
QF d. Durr/Sherriff 8-6 6-0
SF d. Tegart/Turner [4] 4-6 6-4 6-4
F lost to Casals/King [3] 9-11 6-4 6-2

Mixed with Fletcher #2 seeds
1r bye
2r d. McHugo/Hall 6-3 6-0
3r d. Pilic/Durr 9-7 6-2
QF d. Metreveli/Dmitrieva 6-8 7-5 16-14
SF d. Ruffels/Krantzcke 6-3 6-1
F lost to Davidson/King [1] 7-5 6-2

Center court fans were "staring is disbelief" as the tiny American upset Maria.
According to the WT writer "the oss be can attributed to in part to Maria's frailty of nerve as well as Rosie's great talent...When she is in full cry, lost in her art or contemtuous of her opponents, she is still the class of the field, but she now seems incapable of maintaining her concentration and physical efforet for two consecutive sets." Match point was typical-with Maria wildly missing her trademark shot, a backhand "Whipped" smash.

Years later Maria said this event was the cause of her arm troubles-she had to play over 100 games on one day-one suspects the the mixed QF (56 games long) was one of those-with Bueno and partner saving 8 match points!

Beershot, Antwerp, Belgium ends July 16
SF d. Maylis Burel 6-1 6-1
F lost to Christiane Mercelis 6-8 2-1 retired

Maria pulled a leg muscle and had to retire.

Essex Manchester Mass Aug 15-20 #2 seed.
1r bye
2r d. Nancy Reed 6-0 6-2
3r d. Tory Fretz 6-2 6-2
QF lost to Winnie Shaw 6-4 retired

An arm injury suffered at Wimbledon led her to default.

US National Doubles Championships Chestnut Hill Mass Aug 21-29

with Wade
1r bye
2r d. O'Connell/Welsh 6-0 6-0
3r lost to Shaw/Williams def.

Maria quoted as saying her right arm feels "terrible."

US Championships Forest Hills Aug 30-Sept 10 #6 seed.

1r bye
2r defaulted to Pigeon before playing match

According to World tennis (which ranked her #7 in the world) she played 11 tournaments winning 2. In addition to Manchester, one in Salisbury, Rhodesia where she beat Judy Tegart (although it doesn't state this is the final). WT calls it "her worst season in a decade".


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French Championships May 27 - June 9

1r bye
2r d. D. Asteri def
3r d. M. Rodriguez 6-2 6-0
4r d. P. Pretorius 2-6 6-3 6-3
Q/F lost to B. J. King 6-4 6-4

Doubles with N. Richey

1r d. Cristiani/Rouchon 6-4 6-2
2r d. Gourlay/Rossouw 7-5 6-1
Q/F d. Baksheyeva/Dmitrieva 6-2 10-12 6-3
S/F lost to F. Durr/A. Jones 6-2 7-5

Playing her first tournament of the year (because of injury) Maria is seeded a lowly #8 but justifies this struggling past Pat Pretorius in the 4th round before losing to a Billie Jean playing from the baseline 4 and 4. On clay court form in previous years this is a match she would have won. Continuing her great partnership with Nancy Richey they cannot stop Durr and Jones, who have developed into one of the world's premier partnerships, in the doubles semis.

Kent Open Beckenham England Jun 15

1r d. M. Lee 6-2 6-2
2r d. P. Hogan 6-3 3-6 6-1
Q/F d. R. Casals 9-7 3-6 7-5
S/F lost to A. Jones 6-3 8-6

Doubles with M. Court

S/F d. Casals/Terras 6-4 3-6 6-3
F d. Durr/Jones 6-3 6-2

The Championships Wimbledon Jun 24 - Jul 6 #6 seed

1r d. L. Pericoli def
2r d. C. Sherriff 6-4 6-1
3r d. J. Heldman 6-4 6-1
4r d. R. Casals 5-7 6-4 6-3
QF lost to N. Richey 6-4 6-2

Doubles with N. Richey

1r bye
2r d. Baksheyeva/Morozova 6-4 6-2
3r lost to Niessen-Orth/Schildknecht def.

Seeded #6 Maria reached her appointed place in the quarters after producing some of the finest tennis of the Championship to recover from a set down against Rosie Casals. After having a point to level the first set at 5-5 she crumbled against Nancy Richey in the quarters.

Rothman's Invitation Eastbourne England Jul 20

1r bye
QF d. P. Roberts 6-2 8-6
SF d. Winnie Shaw 6-2 6-4
F d. Judy Tegart (Aus) 6-2 6-4

Doubles with Winnie Shaw

SF d. P. Roberts/E. Ernst 6-1 6-3
F d. J. Tegart/L. Greville-Collins 6-0 6-1

Essex Manchester Mass Aug 13-18 (GR) #2 foreign seed

1r d. Peggy Michel 6-8 6-2 6-4
2r d. Peggy Moore 6-3 6-2
QF d. Tory Fretz 6-2 6-1
SF d. Vicky Rogers 3-6 6-3 6-4
F d. Margaret Court (Aus) [1] 7-5 3-6 6-3

Doubles with M. Court

1r bye
Q/F d. Lamm/Aschner 6-1 6-1
S/F d. M. Godwin/L. Rossouw 6-3 6-1
F d. P. Hogan/P. Michel 6-1 6-2

Maria comes into Essex "hampered by a leg injury the last 3 weeks."
In a low key tournament Maria has her best win of the year to date beating Margaret Court in the final then combining with her in doubles to romp through the field. The vital third set break comes on "a brilliant backhand half volley."

U.S. National Amateurs Chestnut Hill Mass Aug 16-25 (GR) #3 foreign seed

1r d. M. Kanarek 6-2 6-0
2r d. Pam Teeguarden 6-4 6-3
3r d. Tory Fretz 14-12 6-4
QF d. Mary Ann Eisel [1] 9-7 6-2
SF d. Virginia Wade (GB)[2F] 4-6 7-5 6-2
F lost to Margaret Court (Aus) [1F] 6-2 6-2

Doubles with M. Court

1r bye
2r d. Austin/Grant 6-1 6-1 (NYT 6-4 6-1)-check
3r d. Lyman/Carter 6-4 6-1
QF d. Hogan/Michel 6-3 6-4
SF d. Gourlay/Krantzcke 6-1 7-5
F d. Wade Williams 6-1 7-5

Because of muscle tension in her left neck Maria had been having pain-killing injections all week and her balance was awry. After a tough tussle with Virginia Wade in the semis Maria was no match for Margaret Court in the final. Playing together the two win the doubles event comfortably. The NYT says "That Miss Bueno is playing so superbly is a medical wonder." having endured hepatitus, a serious car accident,catilage trouble, and tendonitus.

U.S. Championships New York Aug ??-Sept 9 (GR)

1r d. S. Grant 6-1 6-4
2r d. C. Martinez 2-6 6-2 6-4
3r d. P. Hogan 0-6 6-2 6-1
QF d. M. Court 7-5 2-6 6-3
SF lost to B. J. King [1] 3-6 6-4 6-2

Doubles with M. Court

1r d. P. Teeguarden/Vest 6-1 6-0
Q/F d. Cody/Netter 6-2 6-2
S/F d. Durr/Jones 6-2 8-6
F d. Casals/King 4-6 9-7 8-6

Maria at last produced some sparkling form. Seeded #5 she had to play Margaret Court in the quarters. "Maria was all grace and effortless power while Margaret was unyielding, strong and composed. In the third set Maria was at her best as double faults began to creep into Margaret's game as Maria took the ball earlier and earlier, flicking winners off drive and volley." In the semis against Billie Jean King Maria was dazzling for a set and a half but Billie Jean never gives up and began to pull herself into the match. Serving fo 4-3 at 40 -15 Maria missed an easy smash off a lob and then erred with a backhand volley. On the next point she was foot-faulted and was very much now on the defensive. Billie Jean eased out the set and the third was one-way traffic. In the doubles Maria continued her new found partnership with Margaret Court and they won the title after a titanic battle in the final with King and Casals.

Pacific Southwest Open Los Angeles Sept 23 (HD) #3 seed

1r d. B. A. Grubb 6-2 6-2
2r d. M. Struthers 6-2 6-3
Q/F d. F. Durr 6-2 8-6
S/F d. K. Harter 6-3 6-3
F lost to R. Casals 6-4 6-1

Doubles with M. Court

1r d. Hard/Turner 7-5 6-3
Q/F d. Schwartz/Grubb 6-0 6-0
S/F d. Hogan/Michel 6-1 6-0
F lost to Durr/Jones 6-3 6-2

7,249 see Rosie Casals beat Maria in the final.

Pacific Coast Berkeley Oct 1 (HD) #2 seed

1r bye
2r d. F. Footman 6-2 6-2
QF d. Denise Carter 6-2 6-0
SF d. Kristy Pigeon [5] 6-1 6-1
F lost to M. Court 6-4 7-5

Doubles with M. Court

Q/F d. Darby/Auerbach/Walsh 6-1 6-0
S/F d. Hogan/Lyman 6-3 6-2
F d. Godwin/Emanuel 6-2 6-4

Westwood Inviation Richmond Va Nov 3 (Indoor clay)

1r bye
Q/F d. M. Aschner 6-1 6-3
S/F lost to P. Bartkowicz 6-4 6-4

Doubles with N. Richey

1r bye
S/F d. N. Reed/J. Davenport 6-0 6-1
F d. P. Bartkowicz/M. Aschner 6-1 6-2

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