Bettina Fulco
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Bettina Fulco
Bettina Fulco
Country (sports) Argentina
ResidenceMar del Plata, Argentina
Born (1968-10-23) 23 October 1968 (age 52)
Mar del Plata, Argentina
Height1.61 m (5 ft 3+12 in)
Turned pro1987
PlaysRight-handed (one handed backhand)
Prize money$654,309
Career record288-251
Career titles2 ITF
Highest rankingNo. 23 (10 October 1988)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open2R (1995)
French OpenQF (1988)
Wimbledon3R (1987)
US Open2R (1991)
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)

Bettina Fulco (born 23 October 1968) is a retired professional women's tennis player from Argentina. She reached her highest ranking of world No. 23 on 10 October 1988.

Fulco began playing tennis at age ten, 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]

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 career finals

Tournament ( W-R ) Singles Doubles
Grand Slam tournaments 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 (2 runner-ups)

Result W/L Date Tournament Surface Opponent Score
Loss 0-1 Oct 1986 Japan Open, Tokyo Hard Canada Helen Kelesi 6-2, 6-2
Loss 0-2 Apr 1988 Spanish Open, Barcelona Clay Brazil Neige Dias 6-3, 6-3

Doubles: 3 (3 titles)

Result W/L Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
Win 1-0 Nov 1988 Brasil Open, Guaruja Hard Argentina Mercedes Paz Netherlands Carin Bakkum
Netherlands Simone Schilder
6-3, 6-4
Win 2-0 Nov 1990 Brasil Open, São Paulo Clay Czechoslovakia Eva ?víglerová France Mary Pierce
United States Luanne Spadea
7-5, 6-4
Win 3-0 Jul 1991 Austrian Open, Kitzbühel Clay Netherlands Nicole Muns Italy Sandra Cecchini
Argentina Patricia Tarabini
7-5, 6-4

ITF Circuit finals

$50,000 tournaments
$25,000 tournaments
$10,000 tournaments

Singles: 6 (2-4)

Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent Score
Runner-up 1. 9 June 1986 ITF Lyon, France Clay Argentina Mariana Pérez Roldán 4-6, 6-3, 1-6
Winner 2. 21 July 1986 ITF Philadelphia, United States Hard Australia Susan Leo 3-6, 6-2, 6-0
Winner 3. 20 September 1993 ITF Capua, Italy Clay Croatia Maja Palaver?i? 2-6, 6-4, 6-4
Runner-up 4. 11 July 1994 ITF Darmstadt, Germany Clay Moldova Svetlana Komleva 4-6, 1-6
Runner-up 5. 29 September 1997 ITF Buenos Aires, Argentina Clay Argentina María Fernanda Landa 4-6, 1-6
Runner-up 6. 3 August 1998 ITF Catania, Italy Clay Argentina Romina Ottoboni 4-6, 6-7(2-7)

Doubles: 3 (1-2)

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

Grand Slam singles performance timeline

(W) Won; (F) finalist; (SF) semifinalist; (QF) quarterfinalist; (#R) rounds 4, 3, 2, 1; (RR) round-robin stage; (Q#) qualification round; (DNQ) did not qualify; (A) absent; (NH) not held. SR=strike rate (events won/competed)
Tournament 1987 1988 1989 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 Career W-L
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



  1. ^ a b c d "Match point para el tenis de Mar del Plata Match Point for tennis de Mar del Plata". Retrieved .
  2. ^ a b c d "Bettina Fulco Career". Retrieved .
  4. ^ "Shriver breezes, is confident for No. 5 Fernandez". The Baltimore Sun. Retrieved .
  5. ^ Jorge Viale. "Americas - Day 1 report". Retrieved .

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