When Bernarda Pera won Hamburg, it was one of the biggest victories of her career, and she later dedicated it to her late coach, Kristijan “Kiki” Schneider. On Saturday, Pera defeated first-seed Anett Kontaveit 6-2, 6-4 in the final of the WTA tournament in Hamburg.
Originally from Croatia, 27-year-old Pera has been an American representative since 2013. Schneider, a Croatian coach, lost his battle with stomach cancer in April at the age of 41. I had the good fortune to have him as my coach, and I would like to give this award in his honor and memory,” Pera said.
I’d like to think I inherited some of his radiance, fervor, and determination.
Pera remembers the life of the late coach Schneider.
A sad announcement was made by the Croatian Tennis Federation in late April. “After a long and difficult illness, Kristjan Schneider has passed away.
The statement read, “One of our most well-known coaches, the beloved Kiki worldwide, lost the hardest battle against a vicious disease.” Tennis greats like Borna Coric and Ana Konjuh trained under him. He has collaborated with players like Bernarda Pero and Olga Danilovic, and was recently involved with the junior Australian Open champion Petra Marcinko.
Kiki’s life was cut short when she was just 41 years old. Kiki, you are greatly appreciated for your contributions to tennis and for being you. Through this gesture, we want the family to know how deeply sorry we are for their loss. Schneider was highly regarded in the Croatian tennis community, and his death was a devastating blow to players like Borna Coric and Ana Konjuh.
The first thing Pera did after her two victories three months later was to honor her former coach. In recent weeks, Pera has been playing her best tennis, and on Saturday, she absolutely annihilated the world’s No. 2 player, Kontaveit. To what extent Pera can maintain her impressive form throughout the North American hard court swing is an open question.