Just days before he embarked on a significant run to win back-to-back championships, Bernarda Pera, 27, admitted she was “fed up with everything.” Pera won her first WTA championship earlier this month in Budapest while competing as a qualifier. Pera triumphed in seven games overall in Budapest, all in straight sets.
Pera then had a fantastic week the next week in Hamburg when she won five matches, all in five sets, to win back-to-back victories and claim her second WTA title. According to Pera, “I was talking to Kristina (Mladenovic) about how I was fed up with everything the week before Budapest — playing well but not being able to break through.”
Pera prevailed in Budapest and Hamburg hands down.
It is undoubtedly a remarkable feat to win 12 consecutive matches in straight sets. Pera defeated second-ranked Anett Kontaveit 6-2, 6-4 in the Hamburg championship match.
It’s interesting that Pera won her maiden WTA championship without her coach there. Pera was in Budapest with her boyfriend, who, while having little tennis experience, was a terrific support. “In practice, that is, I have actually been feeling great on the court for quite some time.
Simply put, I can’t seem to transfer it to matches. I was coachless in Budapest because I miscommunicated with my coach on his plans, but it worked out extremely well since it made me feel more at ease before the competition.
My boyfriend, who doesn’t know a lot about tennis but was a tremendous supporter, was there with me. Things began to change, I played better and better, and with each victory, my confidence grew. My level was perhaps even greater in Hamburg than it was in Budapest “Pera made known.
Pera opted not to participate this week after winning back-to-back championships. Pera’s self-assurance is at an all-time high, and the 27-year-old will undoubtedly strive to maintain her excellent form during the North American hard court tour.