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Maria Bueno

Birthdate: October 11, 1939
Birthplace: San Paulo, Brazil
Nationaltiy: Brazil
Handed: right
Nickname: São Paulo Swallow

Maria Esther Andion Bueno came swirling out of Brazil as a teenager to quickly estblished herself as one of the world's most graceful and proficent athletes. She was called the São Paulo Swallow, she was slim, tall (5-foot-7) and quick, swooping to the net to conquer with piercing volleys.

Grass was her favorite surface, suiting her attacking nature. She was clearly the best female player to come from Latin America, and was rated No. 1 in the world in 1959, 1960, 1964 and 1966, and a member of the Top Ten 10 times between 1958 and 1968.

She was agreeable, but reserved, a private person who underwent a number of physical career-harming agonies, without complaint. Her best days were as an amateur. By the time open tennis and prize money dawned in 1968 she was hobbled by a variety of arm and leg injuries. After a long retirement, she felt sufficiently well to try the pro tour in 1975, and returned to Wimbledon for a spiritual triumph in 1976 after a hiatus of seven years. There were glimpses of the wondrous Maria as she won three rounds, and most spectators were gratified to see her again. "In her day she was so marvelous to watch," said Billie Jean King, an old rival and doubles accomplice, after defeating Maria at Wimbledon in 1977. "But it was painful to play her today. I wanted to remember her as she was."

She crashed through to a first major singles triumph by defeating another aggressor, Darlene Hard, 6-4, 6-3, in the 1959 Wimbledon final. Two months later, in a rare teenage final at Forest Hills, Maria, 18 beat the British 6-footer Christine Truman, 19, for the title, 6-1, 6-4. That was her first of four U.S. prizes. She winged to the heights in the finals of 1963 and 1964, taking a shot-making feast from Margaret Smith, 7-5, 6-4, to wow the gallery, and the following year stunning the spectators by destroying Carole Caldwell Graebner 6-1, 6-0. At Wimbledon in 1964 she and Margaret staged another rouser of volleying violence for the title that went to Maria, 6-4, 7-9, 6-3. She won her last major singles final, the U.S. 1966, over Nancy Richey, 6-3, 6-1, but was beaten in her last important final, the U.S. Amateur of 1968, by Margaret, 6-2, 6-2.

At 18, in the company of Althea Gibson, Maria won her first Wimbledon prize, the doub1es of 1958. In all, she won 19 Big Four titles in doubles and mixed, including the U.S. at Forest Hills in 1959, 1963, 1964 and 1966. She and American Darlene Hard were one of the best teams, taking the Wimbledon title twice and the U.S. twice. Maria's skill at doubles was such that she won her 12 majors with six partners and in 1960 scored one of three doubles with two partners: Christine Truman in the Australian, Hard in the French, Wimbledon and U.S. She won the Japan Open in 1974, her lone pro title in singles, to complement 62 as an amateur, making her an unusual champ who won titles in three decades

Grand Slam Record:

Singles Titles [3] - 1959, 1960, 1964
Singles Finals [2] - 1965, 1966
Doubles Titles [5] - 1958, 1960, 1963, 1965, 1966
Doubles Finals [1] - 1967
Mixed Finals [3] - 1959, 1960, 1967

US Open
Singles Titles [4] - 1959, 1963, 1964, 1966
Singles Finalis [2] - 1960, 1968
Doubles Titles [5] - 1960, 1962, 1966, 1968(amateur), 1968(pro)
Doubles Finals [3] - 1958, 1959, 1963
Mix Finals [2] - 1958, 1960

Australian Open
Singles Finals [1] - 1965
Doubles Titles [1] - 1960

Roland Garros
Singles Finals [1] - 1964
Doubles Titles [1] - 1960
Doubles Finals [1] - 1961
Mixed Titles [1] - 1960
Mixed Finals [1] - 1965

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Maria Esther BUENO (BRA)
The Championships, Wimbledon on Great Britain, 1959. Grass
R1 W Pamela Edwards (USA) 6-1 6-3
R2 W Margot Dittmeyer (GER) 4-6 6-1 6-1
R3 W Mimi Harnold (USA) 4-6 6-3 6-1
R4 W Reneé Morrison (NZL) 6-1 7-5
QF W Edna Budding (URS) 6-3 6-3
SF W Sally Modre (USA) 6-2 6-4
F W Darlene Hadre (USA) 6-3 6-4

With only 19 years, Maria Bueno won her first Grand Slam title in her career.

Great thread Alx A real legend from Latin America for sure, together with Sabatini

naomi osaka × aravane rezaï × sabine lisicki × venus williams × destanee aiava × sloane stephens
taylor townsend × kristina mladenovic × aryna sabalenka × naomi broady × jelena jankovic
margarita gasparyan × cori gauff × marta kostyuk × danielle collins
maria sharapova × amanda anisimova

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Another "Estherzinha" photo



Champion – Orange Bowl juvenil e Fort Laudardale (57); Nacional da Itália, Wiesbaden, Dusseldorf, Bristol, Tampa, St. Petesburg, Fort Laudardale, Orlando, Holywood, Miami, Jacksonville e Houston (58); Wimbledon, Nacional dos Estados Unidos, Bristol e Birmingham (59); Wimbledon, Antuérpia, Gstaad, Birmingham, Perth, Adelaide, Barranquila e Caracas (60); Nacional da Itália, Turim, Viena, Barranquila, Caracas e San Juan (61); Baden-Baden, Bastad, Hilversun e Caracas (62); Nacional dos Estados Unidos, Cape Town, Joanesburgo, Caracas e Pipping Rock (63); Wimbledon, Nacional dos Estados Unidos, Baden-Baden, Dublin, Beckenham, País de Gales, East London, Cape Town, Pretória e Los Angeles (64); Nacional da Itália, Florença, Montana e Dublin (65); Nacional dos Estados Unidos, País de Gales, Los Angeles, São Francisco e Essex (66)(; Antuérpia e Manchester (67) Eastbourne e Essex (68) e Tóquio (74).

RU – Coral Gables (57); Hamburgo, Manchester, Barranquila, Caracas, Montego Bay, Coral Gables e West Palm Beach (58); Berlim, Caracas e Los Angeles (59); Nacional dos Estados Unidos e San Juan (60); Nápoles (61); Nacional da Itália, Bristol, San Juan e Essex (62); Nottingham, Casablanca, East London, Barranquila, Montego Bay, São Francisco e Essex (63); Hamburgo, Nacional da França, Hilversum, Jonesburgo, Bloemfontein e Buenos Aires (64); Wimbledon, Gstaad, Manchester, Beckenham e Nacional da Austrália (65); Wimbledon, Hamburgo e Beckenham (66); Nacional da França e Joanesburgo (67); Los Angeles e São Francisco (68); Caracas (69) e Dublin (77).


Champion – Barranquila, Montego Bay, Kingston, San Juan, Coral Gables e Fort Laudardale (57); Wimbledon, Wiesbaden, Montego Bay, San Juan, Tampa, St. Petesburg, Coral Gables, Fort Laudardale, Orlando, Hollywood, Hilversun Park, Miami, Houston, Los Angeles e São Francisco (58); Birmingham, Sydney e Caracas (59); Wimbledon, Nacional dos Estados Unidos, Nacional da França, Nacional da Austrália, Antuérpia, Birmingham, Londres, Perth, Adelaide, Brisbane, Barrranquila, Caracas, San Juan, Los Angeles e São Francisco (60); Viena, Barranquila e Caracas (61); Nacional dos Estados Unidos, Nacional da Itália, Baden-Baden, Bastad, Barranquila, Caracas, San Juan, Los Angeles e São Francisco (62); Wimbledon, Nacional dos Estados Unidos, Manchester, Nottingham, East London, Cape Town, Durban, Joanesburgo, Bloemfontein, Barranquila, Caracas, Montego Bay, Los Angeles, São Francisco, Chicago, Pensilvânia, South Orange e Pipping Rock (63); Baden-Baden, Beckenham, East London, Durban, Joanesburgo, Bloemfontein, Pretória e Buenos Aires (64); Wimbledon, Montana, Dublin, Essex e Honolulu (65); Wimbledon, Nacional dos Estados Unidos, Munique e Hoylake (66); Nacional dos Estados Unidos, Eastbourne, São Francisco e Essex (68).

RU – Tampa e St. Petesburg (57), Caracas e Toronto (58); Nacional dos Estados Unidos, Nacional da Itália, Bristol e Los Angeles (59); Nacional da França e San Juan (61); Londres e Essex (62); Essex (63); Dublin e País de Gales (64); Hamburgo (65); Wimbledon e Joanesburgo (67); e Los Angeles.


Campeã – Montego Bay (57); Berlim e Sydney (59); Nacional da França, Gstaad, Adelaide e Caracas (60); Viena (61); Bastad (62); Baden-Baden (64); Munique, Dublin, Gstaad e Beckenham (65); e Beckenham (68).

Vice-campeã – Barranquila (57); Dusseldorf, Barranquila, West Palm Beach e Jacksonville (58); Wimbledon, Londres e Barranquila (59); Wimbledon e Nacional dos Estados Unidos (60); Hamburgo, Bielefeld e Hilversun (62); Casablanca (63); Nacional da Itália; Nacional da França, Hilversun e East London (64); Nacional da França (65); Hamburgo e País de Gales (66); Wimbledon e Joanesburgo.

"Nacional da/dos" stands for Open :: Nacional dos Estados Unidos : US Open
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Wow, I didn't know this. Can we continue these?!
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