King could afford to be more charitable towards Maria than Court, as their careers didn't intersect so much due to Maria's many injuries and age. Poor Maria was hurt before the pro game got going, so she missed out on the big time money. In her day though, Maria was resented by many for demanding all the perks and "under the table" money she could get, which was a lot because of her popularity.
Women's finals in Rome during the 1960's often were played on back courts in front of crowds of 50 or so. When "La Diva" Bueno was on, she got center court and thousands came. The USTA could force King to play the US Nationals for free(ditto for Court in Australia), but Bueno was rumoured to get big bucks whereever she appeared.
Bueno on herself:
"To me, tennis was more an art than a sport. I was a very naturalplayer. Everything was done by impulse or intuition."
"I was never satisfied if I did not play beautifully. I was always going for perfect and the impossible shots".
Maria was famous for a gorgeous over the shoulder backhand overhead.
King on Court:
"Everybody loved to watch Maria because she was so graceful, even more balletic than Goolagong, I would say,because Maria had much longer, real showgirl legs.And she had magnificnet court presence. ..I mean, maria was a real star turn. She even kept herself aloof from the other players, whixh added to her aura, and along with her height and big serve, it helped her to intimidate the others. Althea Gibson had also been a lot like that when she played. She scarred all the girls" * Helen Wills was like this too, and I'd put Venus down as an "aloof" type*.
King continues: .."as far as tennis was concerned I never thought maria knew what was going on out there. She was a con, really, because it would have been blasphemy for anybodt to suggest that someone who looked so good might be lacking.
But in truth, Maria was pretty slow. As graceful as she appeared, Maria was somewhat knock-kneed, walked like a duck."
The "latin flair"added to her exotic appeal. When Maria and fellow Latin Olmedo won Wimbledon in 1959, the first dance, reserved for the men's and ladies champs, was a cha-cha-cha. For 50 years striaght it had been a waltz.
One woman who didn't care for Bueno once told Tinling(who designed so many of Maria's fab dresses): " No wonder Maria Bueno is so popular in England. She has a boy's legs and most Englishmen are fags anyway".