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Brazilian tennis great Maria Bueno dies after cancer battle

Brazilian tennis great Maria Bueno dies after cancer battle

 

Bueno was admitted to the Nove de Julho hospital in Sao Paulo on Tuesday and on Friday the hospital released a statement confirming her death. It declined to provide more details out of respect for her family. 

“A very sad day for sports. Brazil and the world lost a true tennis legend,” tweeted the International Olympic Committee, one of several sports organizations and professional tennis players to praise Bueno’s contribution.

 

Nicknamed “The Tennis Ballerina” because of her graceful style, Bueno spent most of her career on the co