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Bernarda Pera nabs second straight title with Hamburg win

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Jun 1, 2021; Paris, France; Bernarda Pera (USA) in action during her match against Ashleigh Barty (AUS) on day three of the French Open at Roland Garros Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Susan Mullane-USA TODAY Sports
Credit: Susan Mullane-USA TODAY Sports

American Bernarda Pera won her first WTA career title last weekend in Budapest. On Saturday, she doubled her trophy total with a 6-2, 6-4 defeat of top seed Anett Kontaveit at the Hamburg European Open.

Her victory over World No. 2 Kontaveit gave Pera just her second win over a top 10 player. She previously defeated then-No. 10 Johanna Konta in the opening round of the 2018 Australian Open.

On Saturday, Pera needed just 74 minutes to defeat the Estonian favorite. She broke Kontaveit’s serve four times in her first eight service games.

Pera, 27, was ranked No. 130 ahead of the Budapest tournament and is expected to move into the top 60 when the new rankings are released on Monday. Her previous career high was No. 59.

Pera joins Iga Swiatek, Ons Jabeur, Beatriz Haddad Maia and the since-retired Ashleigh Barty as multiple winners on tour this season.

–Field Level Media