Bettina Bunge

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Bettina Bunge
Country  West Germany
Residence Monte Carlo, Monaco
Born (1963-06-13) 13 June 1963 (age 51)
Adliswil, Switzerland
Height 1.73 m (5 ft 8 in)
Turned pro 1978
Retired 1989
Plays Right-handed (one handed-backhand)
Prize money $357,876
Singles
Career record 294–177
Career titles 4
Highest ranking No. 6 (28 March 1983)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open 4R (1981)
French Open 4R (1979, 1980, 1981)
Wimbledon SF (1982)
US Open 4R (1981, 1987)
Doubles
Career record 206–153
Career titles 4
Highest ranking No. 17 (19 January 1987)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian Open 4R (1980)
French Open SF (1981)
Wimbledon SF (1982)
US Open SF (1982)
Last updated on: 11 October 2013.

Bettina Bunge (born 13 June 1963) is a retired German tennis player. She was born in Adliswil, Switzerland. She was part of a large group of successful German players in the 1980s, which also included Steffi Graf, Claudia Kohde-Kilsch, Sylvia Hanika, and Eva Pfaff.

Career[edit]

With German nationality as the daughter of a German businessman, she was born in Switzerland, and resided in Peru for more than 13 years. She was a national champion in Peru at the age of 13. She later moved to Miami, Florida. She speaks three languages, German, English, and Spanish. She dealt with a series of injuries throughout her career (injuries of ear and knee, among others).

Bunge was a professional player from 1978 to 1989, appearing for the first time at number 150 in July 1978. Her highest ranking was achieved in 1983 when she reached number 6. In 1982, she registered her all-time best achievement in Grand Slam singles competition when she reached the semifinals of Wimbledon.

She won four singles tournaments, including the tournaments at the German Open, Houston, and Tokyo in 1982, and Oakland in 1983. She was finalist in Sydney in 1979, Stockholm in 1980, Houston, Tampa, Cincinnati (indoor) and Tokyo in 1981, Mahwah in 1982 and Knokke in 1987.

Bunge won four doubles tournaments, including the tournaments of Pan Pacific in Tokyo with Steffi Graf in 1986 and The Belgian Open with Manuela Maleeva in 1987. She was a finalist at the German Open with Claudia Kohde-Kilsch in 1982, the Swiss Open with Eva Pfaff in 1985, and New England, also Pfaff, in 1987.

She was a part of the German Federation Cup Team from 1980 to 1983, 1985 to 1987 and 1989. She won the 1987 WTA Comeback of the Year Award. Bunge lives in Coral Gables, Florida.

Awards and recognitions[edit]

WTA Career Finals[edit]

Singles: 13 (4–9)[edit]

Winner — Legend
Grand Slam tournaments (0–0)
WTA Tour Championships (0–0)
Virginia Slims (4–9)
Titles by Surface
Hard (0–2)
Grass (0–1)
Clay (1–1)
Carpet (3–5)
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent Score
Runner-up 1. 29 January 1979 Canada Toronto Carpet (I) United States Barbara Potter 1–6, 4–6
Runner-up 2. 23 December 1979 Australia Sydney Grass Czechoslovakia Hana Mandlíková 3–6, 6–3, 3–6
Runner-up 3. 27 October 1980 Sweden Stockholm Carpet (I) Czechoslovakia Hana Mandlíková 2–6, 2–6
Runner-up 4. 16 February 1981 United States Houston Carpet (I) Czechoslovakia Hana Mandlíková 4–6, 4–6
Runner-up 5. 14 September 1981 Japan Tokyo Carpet (I) United States Ann Kiyomura 4–6, 5–7
Runner-up 6. 5 October 1981 United States Tampa Hard United States Martina Navratilova 2–6, 4–6
Runner-up 7. 11 January 1982 United States Cincinnati Carpet (I) United States Barbara Potter 4–6, 6–7(3)
Winner 1. 15 February 1982 United States Houston Carpet (I) United States Pam Shriver 2–6, 6–3, 3–6
Winner 2. 17 May 1982 West Germany Berlin Clay United States Kathy Rinaldi 6–2, 6–2
Runner-up 8. 16 August 1982 United States Mahwah Hard United States Leigh-Anne Thompson 6–7(4), 3–6
Winner 3. 19 September 1982 Japan Tokyo Carpet (I) United States Barbara Potter 7–6, 6–2
Winner 4. 21 February 1983 United States Oakland Carpet (I) West Germany Sylvia Hanika 6–3, 6–3
Runner-up 9. 6 July 1987 Belgium Knokke Clay United States Kathleen Horvath 1–6, 6–7(5)

Doubles: 10 (4–6)[edit]

Winner — Legend
Grand Slam tournaments (0–0)
WTA Tour Championships (0–0)
Virginia Slims (2–1)
Titles by Surface
Hard 0–1)
Grass (0–1)
Clay (3–2)
Carpet (1–2)
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
Runner-up 1. 24 May 1982 West Germany Berlin Clay West Germany Claudia Kohde-Kilsch South Africa Liz Gordon
South Africa Beverly Mould
3–6, 4–6
Winner 1. 10 July 1983 West Germany Hamburg Clay West Germany Claudia Kohde-Kilsch Argentina Ivanna Madruga
France Catherine Tanvier
7–5, 6–4
Winner 2. 17 July 1983 West Germany Freiburg Clay West Germany Eva Pfaff Argentina Ivanna Madruga
Argentina Emilse Raponi-Longo
6–1, 6–2
Runner-up 2. 7 October 1984 United States Los Angeles Hard West Germany Eva Pfaff United States Chris Evert-Lloyd
United States Wendy Turnbull
2–6, 4–6
Runner-up 3. 21 October 1984 West Germany Filderstadt Carpet (I) West Germany Eva Pfaff West Germany Claudia Kohde-Kilsch
Czechoslovakia Helena Suková
2–6, 6–4, 3–6
Runner-up 4. 18 November 1984 Australia Brisbane Grass West Germany Eva Pfaff United States Martina Navratilova
United States Pam Shriver
3–6, 2–6
Runner-up 5. 26 May 1985 Switzerland Lugano Clay West Germany Eva Pfaff United States Bonnie Gadusek
Czechoslovakia Helena Suková
2–6, 4–6
Winner 3. 14 September 1986 Japan Tokyo Carpet (I) West Germany Steffi Graf Bulgaria Katerina Maleeva
Bulgaria Manuela Maleeva
6–1, 6–7(4), 6–2
Winner 4. 12 July 1987 Belgium Knokke Clay Bulgaria Manuela Maleeva United States Kathleen Horvath
Netherlands Marcella Mesker
4–6, 6–4, 6–4
Runner-up 6. 8 November 1987 United States Worcester Carpet (I) West Germany Eva Pfaff United States Elise Burgin
South Africa Rosalyn Fairbank
4–6, 4–6

Grand Slam singles performance timeline[edit]

Tournament 1978 1979 1980 1981 1982 1983 1984 1985 1986 1987 1988 1989 Career SR
Australian Open A A 1R 3R A A 2R 1R NH A A A 0 / 4
French Open A 3R 3R 4R 2R 2R 3R 3R 2R A A A 0 / 8
Wimbledon A 2R 3R 2R SF 1R 3R 3R QF 3R A A 0 / 9
U.S. Open 3R 1R 3R 4R 3R A 3R 1R 2R 4R A A 0 / 9
SR 0 / 1 0 / 3 0 / 4 0 / 4 0 / 3 0 / 2 0 / 4 0 / 4 0 / 3 0 / 2 0 / 0 0 / 0 0 / 30
Career Statistics
Year End Ranking 105 32 19 9 9 7 21 23 12 15 NR 71
  • NH = tournament not held.
  • A = did not participate in the tournament.
  • SR = the ratio of the number of Grand Slam singles tournaments won to the number of those tournaments played.

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