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Bernarda Pera knocks out top seed Anet Kontaveit to claim title in Hamburg

HAMBURG, Germany — American Bernarda Pera upset top seed Anet Kontaveit 6-2, 6-4 to win the Hamburg European Open on Saturday for her second title in seven days.

81st-ranked Pera, who won her first WTA title in Budapest last week, saved three of the four break points she faced and took four of the six she created to beat No. 2 Kontaveit world.

It was Pera’s 12th straight win since the Budapest qualifiers after losing all of their previous five matches. Pera, 27, beat Serbian Aleksandra Krunic in the final in Budapest on Sunday.

Kontaveit was playing in her 16th career final and her first since February, when she lost to Iga Swiatek in Doha. She was aiming for her seventh singles title.

But Pera avenged his loss to Kontaveit in their only previous encounter, 7-5, 6-1 in the first round at Wimbledon in June.

Lorenzo Musetti will face Francisco Cerundolo and Carlos Alcaraz will face Alex Molcan in the men’s semifinals later on Saturday.


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