"She played tennis until the very last moment".
"I came from Brazil, where there were only clay courts and we didn't have any opportunities to practice on grass", she said in an interview with the WTA.
The victor of 19 Grand Slam titles - seven in singles, 11 in doubles and one in mixed doubles - Bueno was nicknamed the tennis ballerina for her elegant playing style.More news: Led joint bid wins right to host 2026 World Cup
The president of the Brazilian Tennis Confederation, Rafael Westrupp, said Bueno was "the biggest name in Brazilian tennis" and the sport was "in mourning".
One tennis writer, John Barrett, called her "the elegant queen of Brazilian tennis".
FILE PHOTO: Former Brazilian great Maria Esther Bueno, victor of 19 Grand Slam singles and doubles titles from 1959-68, plays during a tennis exhibition on Copacabana beach in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil December 10, 2005. "She faced the disease with the same courage she always faced challenges". These included Wimbledon singles titles in 1959, 1960 and 1964, and the US National Championship - precursor to today's US Open - in 1959, 1963, 1964 and 1966.More news: Sydney Loofe: Duo charged after Tinder date murder
"Volleying beautifully, playing with breathtaking boldness and panache, the lithe Brazilian became the first South American woman to win the Wimbledon singles", Collins wrote.
Bueno was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 1978.
"She was an artist on the tennis court". She also reached the singles final at both the Australian Open and the French Open.More news: NCAA changes redshirt rule in college football