The strong underdog Bernarda Pera won the tennis tournament at Hamburg’s Rothenbaum.
In the final of the European Open, the 27-year-old American deservedly beat tournament favourite Anett Kontaveit from Estonia 6:2, 6:4 on Saturday in the Hanseatic city.
Second success in a row
While the world number 81 celebrated her second WTA title win within a week after her success in Budapest, the world number two Kontaveit, coached by German Torben Beltz, missed her first tournament win on clay.
In the duel between the finalists, who had not dropped a set in the clay-court event, Pera got off to a better start. She took three service games from her opponent and won the first set in 31 minutes.
Petkovic defeater Kontaveit with too many errors
The top-seeded Kontaveit, who had eliminated Andrea Petkovic from Darmstadt in the quarter-finals, improved in the second set but made too many easy errors. In the end, the twelfth win in a row for left-hander Pera was perfect after 74 minutes.
Doubles Pütz/Venus lose in the final
Meanwhile, Tim Puetz’s hopes for a German success in the doubles were not fulfilled. The 34-year-old Frankfurt native and New Zealander Michael Venus lost to Lloyd Glasspool of Great Britain and Harri Heliovaara of Finland 4:6, 4:6. Their opponents in the final on Sunday will be Rohan Bopanna of India and Matwe Middelkoop of the Netherlands.