Bettina Bunge

Bettina Bunge (born 13 June 1963) is a retired German tennis player. 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.

Bettina Bunge
Country (sports) West Germany
ResidenceMonte Carlo, Monaco
Born (1963-06-13) 13 June 1963 (age 56)
Adliswil, Switzerland
Height1.73 m (5 ft 8 in)
Turned pro1978
Retired1989
PlaysRight-handed (one–handed backhand)
Prize money$357,876
Singles
Career record294–177
Career titles4
Highest rankingNo. 6 (28 March 1983)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open3R (1981)
French Open4R (1981)
WimbledonSF (1982)
US Open4R (1981, 1987)
Doubles
Career record206–153
Career titles4
Highest rankingNo. 17 (19 January 1987)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian Open2R (1980)
French OpenSF (1981)
WimbledonSF (1982)
US OpenSF (1982)

CareerEdit

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, and later moved to Miami, Florida. She dealt with a series of injuries (ear and knee, among others) throughout her career.

Bunge was a professional player from 1978 to 1989, appearing for the first time at No. 150 in July 1978. Her career-high ranking of No. 6 she achieved in 1983. 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.

WTA career finalsEdit

Singles: 13 (4–9)Edit

Winner — Legend
Grand Slam tournaments (0–0)
WTA Tour Championships (0–0)
Virginia Slims, Avon, other (4–9)
Finals by surface
Hard (0–2)
Grass (0–1)
Clay (1–1)
Carpet (3–5)
Result W/L Date Tournament Surface Opponent Score
Loss 0–1 Jan 1979 Toronto, Canada Carpet (i)   Barbara Potter 1–6, 4–6
Loss 0–2 Dec 1979 Sydney, Australia Grass   Hana Mandlíková 3–6, 6–3, 3–6
Loss 0–3 Oct 1980 Stockholm, Sweden Carpet (i)   Hana Mandlíková 2–6, 2–6
Loss 0–4 Feb 1981 Houston, U.S. Carpet (i)   Hana Mandlíková 4–6, 4–6
Loss 0–5 Sep 1981 Tokyo, Japan Carpet (i)   Ann Kiyomura 4–6, 5–7
Loss 0–6 Oct 1981 Tampa, U.S. Hard   Martina Navratilova 7–5, 2–6, 0–6
Loss 0–7 Jan 1982 Cincinnati, U.S. Carpet (i)   Barbara Potter 4–6, 6–7(3–7)
Win 1–7 Feb 1982 Houston, U.S. Carpet (i)   Pam Shriver 6–2, 3–6, 6–2
Win 2–7 May 1982 Berlin, West Germany Clay   Kathy Rinaldi 6–2, 6–2
Loss 2–8 Aug 1982 Mahwah, U.S. Hard   Leigh-Anne Thompson 6–7(4–7), 3–6
Win 3–8 Sep 1982 Tokyo, Japan Carpet (i)   Barbara Potter 7–6, 6–2
Win 4–8 Feb 1983 Oakland, U.S. Carpet (i)   Sylvia Hanika 6–3, 6–3
Loss 4–9 Jul 1987 Knokke, Belgium Clay   Kathleen Horvath 1–6, 6–7(5–7)

Doubles: 10 (4–6)Edit

Winner — Legend
Grand Slam tournaments (0–0)
WTA Tour Championships (0–0)
Virginia Slims, Avon, other (4–6)
Finals by surface
Hard 0–1)
Grass (0–1)
Clay (3–2)
Carpet (1–2)
Result W/L Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
Loss 1. May 1982 Berlin Clay   Claudia Kohde-Kilsch   Liz Gordon
  Beverly Mould
3–6, 4–6
Win 1. Jul 1983 Hamburg Clay   Claudia Kohde-Kilsch   Ivanna Madruga
  Catherine Tanvier
7–5, 6–4
Win 2. Jul 1983 Freiburg Clay   Eva Pfaff   Ivanna Madruga
  Emilse Raponi-Longo
6–1, 6–2
Loss 2. Oct 1984 Los Angeles Hard (i)   Eva Pfaff   Chris Evert-Lloyd
  Wendy Turnbull
2–6, 4–6
Loss 3. Oct 1984 Filderstadt Carpet (i)   Eva Pfaff   Claudia Kohde-Kilsch
  Helena Suková
2–6, 6–4, 3–6
Loss 4. Nov 1984 Brisbane Grass   Eva Pfaff   Martina Navratilova
  Pam Shriver
3–6, 2–6
Loss 5. May 1985 Lugano Clay   Eva Pfaff   Bonnie Gadusek
  Helena Suková
2–6, 4–6
Win 3. Sep 1986 Tokyo Carpet (i)   Steffi Graf   Katerina Maleeva
  Manuela Maleeva
6–1, 6–7(4–7), 6–2
Win 4. Jul 1987 Knokke Clay   Manuela Maleeva   Kathleen Horvath
  Marcella Mesker
4–6, 6–4, 6–4
Loss 6. Nov 1987 Worcester Carpet (i)   Eva Pfaff   Elise Burgin
  Rosalyn Fairbank
4–6, 4–6

Grand Slam singles performance timelineEdit

Key
W  F  SF QF #R RR Q# A NH
(W) Won; (F) finalist; (SF) semifinalist; (QF) quarterfinalist; (#R) rounds 4, 3, 2, 1; (RR) round-robin stage; (Q#) qualification round; (A) absent; (NH) not held. SR=strike rate (events won/competed)
Tournament 1978 1979 1980 1981 1982 1983 1984 1985 1986 1987 1988 1989 Career SR
Australian Open A A 1R R16 A A 2R 1R NH A A A 0 / 4
French Open A R16 R16 R16 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
US Open 3R 1R 3R R16 3R A 3R 1R 2R R16 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
Year-end ranking 105 32 19 9 9 7 21 23 12 15 NR 71

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Awards
Preceded by
No award
WTA Comeback Player of the Year
1987
Succeeded by
  Pascale Paradis