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Dec 8th, 2012 06:03 PM
jbuck81
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.
Aug 17th, 2009 10:07 AM
iainmac
Re: Bettina Bunge

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Originally Posted by AdeyC View Post
My favourite Bunge match was when she lost to Barker at Wimbly in '81.
Me too.It and the 76 quarter were probably the two best matches that Barker ever played at Wimbledon. And from 0-3 in the final set.
Aug 16th, 2009 11:49 PM
AdeyC
Re: Bettina Bunge

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Originally Posted by iainmac View Post
Yes I saw her a few times and her shot selection and touch were both great. I saw her lose to Anne Hobbs in 86 at Eastbourne and her game did fall apart a little towards the end. Full marks to Hobbs though. A real fighter at her best. Saw Bunge many times on television and the last time I think was one year at Brighton when she lost-86?_to Lindqvist.
My favourite Bunge match was when she lost to Barker at Wimbly in '81.
Aug 16th, 2009 05:09 PM
iainmac
Re: Bettina Bunge

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Originally Posted by dougie View Post
The only time i saw her play live was at Eastbourne in 87.She lost a qf wd with Gigi Fernandaz to Claudia KK and Helena Sukova 2-6 6-4 6-3. Some of her natural shot making(alongside Gigi's) made it an enjoyable match, Claudia got exasperated with the umpire asking him "Are you the umpire??" in relation to some dodgy line calls!
Yes I saw her a few times and her shot selection and touch were both great. I saw her lose to Anne Hobbs in 86 at Eastbourne and her game did fall apart a little towards the end. Full marks to Hobbs though. A real fighter at her best. Saw Bunge many times on television and the last time I think was one year at Brighton when she lost-86?_to Lindqvist.
Aug 16th, 2009 05:06 PM
iainmac
Re: Bettina Bunge

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Originally Posted by dougie View Post
In the German 81 final rankings of that year she was ranked 2nd behind Sylvia Hanika
I think that is fair enough. I think Hanika was a better player anyway but especially in 81.
Aug 16th, 2009 05:05 PM
iainmac
Re: Bettina Bunge

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Originally Posted by dougie View Post
She was ranked 9th on the WTA final rankings for 81 , and in C.M.Jones's ranking of the same year, was ranked 6th in the Under 21 catergory.
Thanks for that Dougie. Of course she did have a great winter circuit in the United States and I think that must have set her up well for the rest of the year.
Aug 13th, 2009 02:39 PM
dougie
Re: Bettina Bunge

The only time i saw her play live was at Eastbourne in 87.She lost a qf wd with Gigi Fernandaz to Claudia KK and Helena Sukova 2-6 6-4 6-3. Some of her natural shot making(alongside Gigi's) made it an enjoyable match, Claudia got exasperated with the umpire asking him "Are you the umpire??" in relation to some dodgy line calls!
Aug 13th, 2009 02:22 PM
dougie
Re: Bettina Bunge

82 was her best year even though her ranking that year by the WTA was 9(83 it was 7).She was ranked 5th in C.M.Jones's 82 rankings in the Under 21 category and the German 1st ranked player, in 82 , ahead of Sylvia H who was number 2.
Aug 12th, 2009 02:58 PM
dougie
Re: Bettina Bunge

In the German 81 final rankings of that year she was ranked 2nd behind Sylvia Hanika
Aug 12th, 2009 02:55 PM
dougie
Re: Bettina Bunge

She was ranked 9th on the WTA final rankings for 81 , and in C.M.Jones's ranking of the same year, was ranked 6th in the Under 21 catergory.
Aug 11th, 2009 09:48 AM
iainmac
Re: Bettina Bunge

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Originally Posted by DennisFitz View Post
Just looking at year end rankings, I am absolutely dumbfounded that for 3 consecutive years Bunge ranked in the top 10! OK, I could see 1982 when she recahed the Wimbledon semis (I believe the only time she ever got a Slam quarter) and she won 3 tournaments.

But in 1981 she didn't win a single tournament, and she reached other 2 finals. In the majors her best results were R16 at the US Open (winning all of 1 game vs Evert) and R16 at the French, winning 4 games vs Hana). 1981 was a really competitive year, and players like Jausovec, Ruzici, Barker and Marsikova weren't in the top 10. In 1983 Bunge won one tournament (and no other finals) and won one match in the majors, and she ranked #7. Number 7!!??!

Further proof how ludicrous the WTA rankings were back then!
I agree, but are you sure she was top ten in 1981? I thought she peaked circa 12 or 13?
Aug 11th, 2009 09:47 AM
iainmac
Re: Bettina Bunge

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Originally Posted by Zummi View Post
Here is an excerpt from a recent article from The Jakarta Post of Indonesia, written by Bruce Emond, who has written many excellent articles for this publication. The player in question has not been identified but read on and see if you can guess who it is:

I think Bettina is the unnamed player. Let's see -

Former top 10 player: check
Popular in Japan: check
Retired 20 years ago: check (retired in 1989)
Grand Slam semifinalist: check (Wimbledon 1982)

Link to the article: http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2...mour-game.html
No you are bang on there Zummi, I am sure too it has to be Bunge. It explains a lot about her reticence to give her emotions away. Is she gay? That may have added to her shyness and introversion?
Aug 11th, 2009 07:13 AM
DennisFitz
Re: Bettina Bunge

Just looking at year end rankings, I am absolutely dumbfounded that for 3 consecutive years Bunge ranked in the top 10! OK, I could see 1982 when she recahed the Wimbledon semis (I believe the only time she ever got a Slam quarter) and she won 3 tournaments.

But in 1981 she didn't win a single tournament, and she reached other 2 finals. In the majors her best results were R16 at the US Open (winning all of 1 game vs Evert) and R16 at the French, winning 4 games vs Hana). 1981 was a really competitive year, and players like Jausovec, Ruzici, Barker and Marsikova weren't in the top 10. In 1983 Bunge won one tournament (and no other finals) and won one match in the majors, and she ranked #7. Number 7!!??!

Further proof how ludicrous the WTA rankings were back then!
Aug 11th, 2009 05:38 AM
Zummi
Re: Bettina Bunge

Here is an excerpt from a recent article from The Jakarta Post of Indonesia, written by Bruce Emond, who has written many excellent articles for this publication. The player in question has not been identified but read on and see if you can guess who it is:

Quote:
But not all the women players seek the fame and fortune that can come from selling their image. In the early 1980s, tennis’ glamour girls included “Darling Carling” Bassett, a blonde brewery heiress from Canada (she was later to suffer from anorexia and other eating disorders), and Hungary’s Andrea Temesvari, who was famous for wearing full makeup onto court.

And there was also another talented player who was pretty enough to gain a following. Her looks had already brought her success playing in Japan, always a receptive market for attractive young women players; she was ranked in the top 10 and had reached a major semifinal.

Except she did not want to be the center of attention. For her, being idolized for her looks – how others perceived her to be simply from her appearance – was a curse, and rising further in the rankings would only heighten her discomfort.

The player, who now resides in the US, is fiercely guarded about discussing her career. But today, 20 years since she retired due to injury, she says by email that she is glad she does not have to deal with the pressure and responsibilities that the game’s young stars face.

“I just wanted to go out there and play, I really couldn’t deal with everybody looking at me,” she says. “It got worse as my career went on. I really believe I was too sensitive to deal with it [the attention].”

Time and looking at the circuit from afar have helped give her a new perspective on tennis.

“It’s just a game,” she says. “People in tennis are so big on themselves, so I try to stay away from the tour. Even Roger Federer, he’s a great player and a nice guy, but he is just a tennis player. The real heroes are the people who do things for others, like the ambulance workers assisting people at accidents.”

For her, the price of fame and celebrity, even if it came with a bulging bank balance, was too much to pay.
I think Bettina is the unnamed player. Let's see -

Former top 10 player: check
Popular in Japan: check
Retired 20 years ago: check (retired in 1989)
Grand Slam semifinalist: check (Wimbledon 1982)

Link to the article: http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2...mour-game.html
Mar 23rd, 2009 11:29 PM
raquel
Re: Bettina Bunge

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Originally Posted by ms_nut View Post
I didn't know much about Bettina Bunge until Monica Seles talked about her.I remember Seles saying she was up 5-1 and lost the set 7-5 to Bunge.... Does anyone know how that match ended and if Seles came back and won??
I like how her name sounds though...
They only played once according to ITF Tennis -
1989 Dallas 32 Carpet (I) M.SELES 6-7 6-4 6-0
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