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Bernarda Pera claims back-to-back titles with Hamburg win

Bernarda Pera of the USA celebrates winning the singles final during day eight of the Hamburg European Open 2022 at Rothenbaum on July 23, 2022 in Hamburg, Germany. (Photo by Alexander Scheuber/Getty Images)

Bernarda Pera is on a hot streak, following up her first career title by winning the Hamburg European Open only one week later.

Saturday’s victory extends Pera’s win streak to 12-straight matches, building on her momentum from her maiden Hungarian Open championship.

The 27-year-old defeated world No. 2 Anett Kontaveit 6-2, 6-4 to lift the trophy at the German Open, marking her highest-ranked victory to date.

Pera took command of the match, breaking Kontaveit’s serve four times in her first eight service games while only having to save one break point of her own.

Following her dominant victory, Pera dedicated her German Open trophy to former coach Kristijan Schneider, who recently passed away at the age of 41 after battling abdominal cancer.

“I was lucky enough to be coached by him, and I want to dedicate this trophy to him and his memory,” Pera said. “I hope I can bring at least a little bit of his shine, passion and drive into the world.”

Pera’s mid-summer tear is expected to catapult her up the rankings. Ranked No. 130 before her title run in Budapest, Pera is expected to hit a new career high on Monday. The 27-year-old is projected to crack the Top 60, improving on her previous career-high of No. 59.