*used NYT and WT
Melbourne Jan 18
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
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
2r d. Blackman/Whitely 6-3 6-4
QF d. Jones/Tegart 6-2 6-2
Sf lost to Moffitt/Ebbern  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
Rome May 3-11 #1 seed
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)  6-1 1-6 6-3
Doubles No entry
Mixed Doubles with T Roche
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."
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.
Paris May 30 Seeded 2
2r d. Repoux def.
3r d. Betty Stove 6-1 6-2
4r d. Gail Sherriff  6-1 3-6 6-4
QF d. Annette van Zyl  6-4 6-3
SF lost to LesleyTurner  2-6 6-4 8-6
Doubles No entry
Mixed Doubles with J Newcombe
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.
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.
Beckenham England June 6-12 #1 seed
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  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
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  6-4 5-7 6-3
F lost to Margaret Smith  6-4 7-5
Doubles with B.J. Moffitt-#2 seeds
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  6-2 6-2
F d. Durr/Lieffrig 6-2 7-5
Mixed Doubles with D. Ralston-#3 seeds
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  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.
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
Gstaad Jul 18
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
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".
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.
Manchester Mass Aug 22
Doubles only with B. J. Moffitt
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
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  8-6 1-6 9-7
SF lost to Billie Jean Moffitt  6-2 6-3
Mixed Doubles with D. Ralston
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.
, 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
*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
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)  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
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
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)  6-4 6-3
SF d. Ann Jones  6-3 9-11 7-5
F Lost to Billie Jean King (US)  6-3 3-6 6-1
with Richey #2 seeds
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  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,
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
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.
2R d. Joyce Davenport 6-1 6-1
QF d. Sue Behlmar 6-2 6-2
SF d. Virginia Wade (GB)  8-6 6-2
F d. Francoise Durr (Fr)  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
2R d. Lamm/Pigeon 6-0 6-2
3R d. Ashner/Bartkowitz 6-1 6-1
QF d. DeFina/Fretz  11-9 6-3
SF d. Shaw/Wade  6-3 6-2.
F d. Casals/King  6-3 6-4
Bueno and Richey win with surprisingly ease in 41 minutes.
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
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)  6-4 7-5
F d. Rosie Casals  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.