Maria Esther Bueno: Brazilian star of 1960s women's tennis dies
South America's most successful female tennis player, Maria Esther Bueno of Brazil, has died at the age of 78.
Bueno won 19 major titles during her career in the 1950s and 60s, including three Wimbledon singles titles and four US championships.
She had recently been admitted to hospital suffering from mouth cancer.
A self-taught prodigy, she brought grace to the game and was a dominant force, BBC Americas editor Leonardo Rocha writes.
However, her career was shortened by elbow problems, which she blamed on the heavy wooden rackets of the time.
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