Bettina Fulco

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Bettina Fulco
Country (sports)  Argentina
Residence Mar del Plata, Argentina
Born (1968-10-23) 23 October 1968 (age 48)
Mar del Plata, Argentina
Turned pro 1987
Retired 1998
Plays Right-handed (one handed backhand)
Prize money $655,479
Career record 288–251
Career titles 0 WTA, 2 ITF
Highest ranking No. 23 (10 October 1988)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open 2R (1995)
French Open QF (1988)
Wimbledon 3R (1987)
US Open 2R (1991)
Career record 108–180
Career titles 3 WTA, 1 ITF
Highest ranking No. 62 (4 November 1991)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian Open 2R (1992)
French Open 2R (1987, 1988, 1989)
Wimbledon 1R (1987, 1992, 1994)
US Open 2R (1990, 1992)
Mixed doubles
Career record 2–3
Career titles 0
Grand Slam Mixed Doubles results
French Open 2R (1989, 1990)

Bettina Fulco (born 23 October 1968) is a retired Argentine professional women's tennis player. She reached her highest ranking of No. 23 on October 10, 1988. Fulco began playing tennis at age 10 at the University Club in her hometown of Mar Del Plata,[1] having been inspired to start because of the increased interest in the sport in Argentina due to Guillermo Vilas' success.[2] As a junior, Bettina was among the best in the world, reaching the finals of the Orange Bowl 18-and-under championships in 1986,[3] and finishing second in the rankings in 1986.[2] She turned professional in 1987. Like many South American players, Bettina Fulco was considered a clay court specialist,[4] and reached the quarterfinals of the French Open in 1988. Bettina beat Martina Navratilova in Houston 1994 for her biggest career victory.[1] She also achieved victories over Conchita Martínez, Arantxa Sánchez Vicario, Hana Mandlíková, Katerina Maleeva, Manuela Maleeva, Magdalena Maleeva, Claudia Kohde-Kilsch, Lori McNeil and Nathalie Tauziat.[2] She retired from professional tennis in 1998.[1]

Since retiring from tennis, Bettina has taken on the position of director of the School of Tennis at the Club Atletico Kimberley, based in Mar del Plata.[1] She is also a coach, having worked with notable players such as Victoria Azarenka, Kateryna Bondarenko, Angelique Widjaja and Emma Laine.[2] In addition, Bettina was the captain of the Argentina Fed Cup team from 2011 to 2013.[5]

WTA Tour finals[edit]

Tournament (W–R) Singles Doubles
Grand Slam tournaments 0–0 0–0
WTA Championships 0–0 0–0
Tier I 0–0 0–0
Tier II 0–0 0–0
Tier III 0–0 0–0
Tier IV 0–0 1–0
Tier V 0–1 1–0
VS 0–1 1–0

Singles (2 runner-ups)[edit]

Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent Score
Runner-up 1. 13 October 1986 Tokyo, Japan Hard Canada Helen Kelesi 6–2, 6–2
Runner-up 2. 25 April 1988 Barcelona, Spain Clay Brazil Neige Dias 6–3, 6–3

Doubles (3 titles)[edit]

Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
Winner 1. 7 November 1988 Guaruja, Brazil Hard Argentina Mercedes Paz Netherlands Carin Bakkum
Netherlands Simone Schilder
6–3, 6–4
Winner 2. 26 November 1990 São Paulo, Brazil Clay Czech Republic Eva Švíglerová France Mary Pierce
United States Luanne Spadea
7–5, 6–4
Winner 3. 15 July 1991 Kitzbühel, Austria Clay Netherlands Nicole Muns Italy Sandra Cecchini
Argentina Patricia Tarabini
7–5, 6–4

Grand Slam singles performance timetable[edit]

Tournament 1987 1988 1989 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 Career Win-Loss
Australian Open A A A A A 1R 1R A 2R A 1R 1–4
French Open 2R QF 2R 1R 3R 1R 1R 1R A A A 8–8
Wimbledon 3R A A A 2R 1R A 1R A A A 3–4
US Open 1R 1R 1R 1R 2R 1R A 1R A A A 1–7



  1. ^ a b c d "Match point para el tenis de Mar del Plata Match Point for tennis de Mar del Plata". Retrieved 2010-05-20. 
  2. ^ a b c d "Bettina Fulco Career". Retrieved 2010-05-20. 
  3. ^ "ORANGE BOWL INTERNATIONAL TENNIS CHAMPIONS". Retrieved 2010-05-20. [dead link]
  4. ^ "Shriver breezes, is confident for No. 5 Fernandez". The Baltimore Sun. Retrieved 2010-05-20. 
  5. ^ Jorge Viale. "Americas - Day 1 report". Retrieved 2012-01-10. 

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