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Three-time Wimbledon champion Maria Bueno dies aged 78

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Three-time Wimbledon champion Maria Bueno has died aged 78.

The Brazilian, who had been suffering from cancer, is South America’s most successful female player ever, having also won the US Open four times.

Bueno, who was born in Sao Paulo, first won the Wimbledon title in 1959 when she beat Darlene Hard in the final and secured her first US Open crown later the same year.

Her other SW19 singles triumphs came in 1960 and 1964, and she won further US Open titles in 1963, 1964 and 1966.

She also won five Wimbledon women’s doubles titles, including one with Billie Jean King in 1965.

King said: “I always looked forward to seeing Maria at Wimbledon and some of the other major tournaments. She was the first superstar of South America and she was revered there.

“She was a huge influence on my career, and for many players from my generation, she was the one we all looked up to. I had the privilege of winning a Wimbledon doubles title with her in 1965.

“She was very elegant on the court – the way she looked and especially the way she played.

“She had fans all over the world and will be missed.”

Due to her success at both the US Open and Wimbledon, it comes as no surprise that their official Twitter accounts have posted moving tributes for the former champ.

The US Open account tweeted: "We send our condolences to the friends and loved ones of Maria Bueno, a four-time #USOpen singles and doubles champion. #RIP"

Whilst Wimbledon's official account posted: "The All England Club is deeply saddened by the death of Maria Bueno, one of our most beloved champions.

"Her humility, grace and inventive play captured hearts around the globe, no where more so than in her native Brazil where she is and will forever remain the pride of a nation."

Bueno retired in 1977, becoming a tennis commentator, and was inducted into the sport’s Hall of Fame a year later.

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