Tennis great Maria Bueno buried in hometown of Sao Paulo, Brazil

Maria Esther Bueno passed away at the age of 78 on Friday

Beuno has lost her final battle on Friday, June 8 and it caused the reaction of the entire tennis world that respected her and what she achieved.

In 1965, Bueno again won the Wimbledon doubles title, this time with tennis partner Billie Jean King.

Nicknamed "The Tennis Ballerina" because of her graceful style, Bueno won seven grand slam titles in the 1950s and 1960s and was South America's most successful player.

She successfully defended her Wimbledon crown the following year and claimed back-to-back U.S. Nationals titles in 1963-64. She was ranked No. 1 in the world in 1959, 1960, 1964 and 1966.

However, her career was hampered right at the start of the Open Era, when she suffered arm and leg injuries.

For years after retirement she was a commentator on Brazil's SporTV.

Later that year, she won the first of her four U.S. Open titles and was named the year's top female athlete.

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In 1962, designer Ted Tinling created several outfits for Ms. Bueno with colored skirt linings and underpants, in violation of a Wimbledon rule that players dress entirely in white.

Bueno said men were key to her game.

In 1964, Bueno surprised the public at Wimbledon with a white Tinling dress that had a pink underskirt and matching pink underwear.

"There was a gasp from one end of the court", Ms. Bueno later recalled.

Maria Esther Bueno was born on October 11, 1939, in São Paulo, and grew up across the street from a tennis club. "And the people at the other end didn't know why, until I changed ends and served from there".

One tennis writer, John Barrett, called her "the elegant queen of Brazilian tennis".

Despite being considered a future star after winning national tournaments at a young age, Bueno was shy about her achievements. "I had a lot of natural talent, but I had to work hard too", she told The Times. "I'm afraid of everyone I play".

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