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post #54 of (permalink) Old Dec 8th, 2012, 05:03 PM
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Re: Bettina Bunge

For a good part of the 1980's Bettina was a top ten player. She had fluid strokes, moved well and was an attacking player. She could hit winners from any part of the court, and played well on all surfaces. Some of her contemporaries from Germany were Eva Pfaff, Claudia Kohde, and Sylvia Hanika. Bettina played a lot of doubles with Eva Pfaff. Her best results came in smaller tournaments and Fed Cup. In the slams, she rarely beat higher-ranked players. This group of German players were really the forerunners to Graf. Graf began her career around the time that Bettina, Claudia and Sylvia were wrapping things up. If you liked Bettina, which I did, it was frustrating that you could not see her play on TV much. Although the early rounds of slams were televised on cable in the US, the coverage focused on the top seeds. I saw her play live in the slims tournament in Chicago once or twice in the mid-eighties and that was fun. She was a crowd favorite and a shotmaker for sure.
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