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Bettina Fulco (born 23 October 1968) is a retired professional women's tennis player from Argentina. 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 junior 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]

Bettina Fulco
Country (sports) Argentina
ResidenceMar del Plata, Argentina
Born (1968-10-23) 23 October 1968 (age 50)
Mar del Plata, Argentina
Height1.61 m (5 ft 3 12 in)
Turned pro1987
Retired1998
PlaysRight-handed (one handed backhand)
Prize money$654,309
Singles
Career record288–251
Career titles0 WTA, 2 ITF
Highest rankingNo. 23 (10 October 1988)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open2R (1995)
French OpenQF (1988)
Wimbledon3R (1987)
US Open2R (1991)
Doubles
Career record108–180
Career titles3 WTA, 1 ITF
Highest rankingNo. 62 (4 November 1991)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian Open2R (1992)
French Open2R (1987, 1988, 1989)
Wimbledon1R (1987, 1992, 1994)
US Open2R (1990, 1992)
Mixed doubles
Career record2–3
Career titles0
Grand Slam Mixed Doubles results
French Open2R (1989, 1990)

Since retiring from tennis, Bettina has been the 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 finalsEdit

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   Helen Kelesi 6–2, 6–2
Runner-up 2. 25 April 1988 Barcelona, Spain Clay   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   Mercedes Paz   Carin Bakkum
  Simone Schilder
6–3, 6–4
Winner 2. 26 November 1990 São Paulo, Brazil Clay   Eva Švíglerová   Mary Pierce
  Luanne Spadea
7–5, 6–4
Winner 3. 15 July 1991 Kitzbühel, Austria Clay   Nicole Muns   Sandra Cecchini
  Patricia Tarabini
7–5, 6–4

ITF FinalsEdit

Singles Finals: 6 (2-4)Edit

$100,000 tournaments
$75,000 tournaments
$50,000 tournaments
$25,000 tournaments
$10,000 tournaments
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent in the final Score in the final
Runner-up 1. 9 June 1986 Lyon, France Clay   Mariana Pérez Roldán 4–6, 6–3, 1–6
Winner 2. 21 July 1986 Philadelphia, United States Hard   Susan Leo 3–6, 6–2, 6–0
Winner 3. 20 September 1993 Capua, Italy Clay   Maja Palaveršić 2–6, 6–4, 6–4
Runner-up 4. 11 July 1994 Darmstadt, Germany Clay   Svetlana Komleva 4–6, 1–6
Runner-up 5. 29 September 1997 Buenos Aires, Argentina Clay   María Fernanda Landa 4–6, 1–6
Runner-up 6. 3 August 1998 Catania, Italy Clay   Romina Ottoboni 4–6, 6–7(2–7)

Doubles: 3 (1–2)Edit

Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponents in the final Score in the final
Winner 1. 7 April 1986 Caserta, Italy Clay   Gisele Miró   Wiltrud Probst
  Marianne van der Torre
6–3, 6–3
Runner-up 2. 11 July 1994 Darmstadt, Germany Clay   Patricia Tarabini   Park Sung-hee
  Choi Ju-yeon
4–6, 3–6
Runner-up 3. 9 August 1998 Catania, Italy Clay   Jorgelina Torti   Chiara Dalbon
  Alberta Brianti
5–7, 4–6

Grand Slam singles performance timetableEdit

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 Q1 A Q2 8–8
Wimbledon 3R A A A 2R 1R A 1R A A Q1 3–4
US Open 1R 1R 1R 1R 2R 1R A 1R A Q2 Q1 1–7

Source

ReferencesEdit

  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". fedcup.com. Retrieved 2012-01-10.

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