Bernarda Pera
Pera at the 2021 French Open
Country (sports) Croatia (2009 – January 2013)
 United States (March 2013– present)
Born (1994-12-03) 3 December 1994 (age 27)
Zadar, Croatia
Height1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)
PlaysLeft-handed (two-handed backhand)
CoachGuillermo Cañas
Prize moneyUS$2,110,485
Singles
Career record312–193 (61.8%)
Career titles9 ITF
Highest rankingNo. 59 (2 March 2020)
Current rankingNo. 93 (8 November 2021)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open3R (2018)
French Open2R (2018, 2020)
Wimbledon1R (2018, 2019, 2021)
US Open2R (2018, 2020)
Doubles
Career record87–74 (54.0%)
Career titles8 ITF
Highest rankingNo. 50 (18 October 2021)
Current rankingNo. 51 (8 November 2021)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian Open3R (2021)
French OpenSF (2021)
Wimbledon1R (2021)
US Open3R (2019)
Last updated on: 8 November 2021.

Bernarda Pera (/bərˈnɑːrdə ˈpɛrə/ bər-NAR-də PERR;[1] Croatian pronunciation: [běrnaːrda pêra];[2][3] born 3 December 1994) is a Croatian-born American tennis player. Pera has won nine singles titles and eight doubles titles on the ITF Circuit. On 2 March 2020, she achieved her career-high singles ranking of world No. 59. On 18 October 2021, she reached a career-high doubles ranking of world No. 50.

Early life

Bernarda was born in Zadar in a Croatian-Dalmatian Italian family. Besides English, she speaks Croatian as well. When she was 16, her father, who is a US citizen, moved their family to the United States for the benefit of her budding tennis career. They settled in New Jersey, where it wasn’t hard for them to adjust because they already had friends and relatives there. Pera has been in a relationship with Croatian basketball player Kristijan Krajina since 2018.[4]

Career

2014

She made her WTA Tour debut at the 2014 US Open, having received a wildcard with Tornado Alicia Black into the doubles draw.[5]

2018: Top 100 singles debut

She made her Grand Slam singles main-draw debut at the 2018 Australian Open, where she received entry as a lucky loser, after Margarita Gasparyan withdrew from the tournament.[6] In the second round of the same tournament, Pera knocked out ninth seed Johanna Konta.[7] In the third round, she was beaten by Barbora Strýcová.

2020

Pera started her 2020 season at the Brisbane International where she lost in the first round of qualifying to Marta Kostyuk. Coming through qualifying at the first edition of the Adelaide International, she beat Barbora Strýcová in the first round.[8] She was defeated in the second round by sixth seed Aryna Sabalenka.[9] At the Australian Open, she lost in the first round to 29th seed Elena Rybakina.

Making it through qualifying in Doha, Pera was defeated in the second round by third seed and 2017 champion, Karolína Plíšková.[10] Seeded third at the Indian Wells Challenger, she lost in the third round to 13th seed Misaki Doi.[11] The WTA Tour canceled tournaments from March through July due to the Coronavirus pandemic.[12][13]

When the WTA resumed tournament play in August, Pera competed at the Top Seed Open. She was eliminated in the first round by top seed Serena Williams.[14] At the Cincinnati Open, she was defeated in the second round by 16th seed Dayana Yastremska.[15] At the US Open, she reached the second round where she lost to 15th seed Maria Sakkari.[16]

In Rome, Pera was defeated in the first round by Svetlana Kuznetsova.[17] At the Internationaux de Strasbourg, she lost in the first round to Kateřina Siniaková. She suffered a second-round loss at Roland Garros by the hands of 25th seed and compatriot, Amanda Anisimova.[18]

At the first edition of the J&T Banka Ostrava Open, Pera lost in the first round of qualifying to Tereza Martincová. She played her final tournament of the season at the Linz Open. Seeded eighth, she was defeated in the first round by Aliaksandra Sasnovich.[19]

Pera ended the year ranked 61.

2021: First Grand Slam doubles semifinal, top 100 doubles debut

Pera kicked off her 2021 season at the first edition of the Abu Dhabi Open. In the first round, she beat 16th seed Donna Vekić.[20] She lost in the second round to Sara Sorribes Tormo.[21] At the first edition of the Gippsland Trophy, she was defeated in the second round by fifth seed Johanna Konta.[22] At the Australian Open, she eliminated 23rd seed and 2016 champion, Angelique Kerber in the first round.[23] She fell in the second round to Zarina Diyas.[24] In Adelaide, she lost in the first round of qualifying to Storm Sanders.[25]

In March, Pera played at the Dubai Championships. She was defeated in the first round by Anastasija Sevastova.[26] At the Miami Open, she lost in round one to Sara Sorribes Tormo.[27]

Starting her clay-court season at the Charleston Open, Pera fell in the first round to Alizé Cornet.[28] At the İstanbul Cup, she faced third seed Veronika Kudermetova in the first round. Despite pushing her to three sets, she ended up losing the match.[29] Getting past qualifying at the Madrid Open, she was defeated in the second round by 8th seed Belinda Bencic.[30] Making it through the qualifying rounds in Rome, she lost her second-round encounter against 12th seed Garbiñe Muguruza.[31] Competing at the first edition of the Emilia-Romagna Open, she was defeated in the first round by seventh seed Sara Sorribes Tormo.[32] At the French Open, she took top seed and 2019 champion, Ashleigh Barty, to three sets but ended up losing their first-round match.[33] In doubles, she and Magda Linette reached the semifinals where they lost to second seeds Barbora Krejčíková/Kateřina Siniaková.[34]

Getting past qualifying at the Eastbourne International, Pera was defeated in the first round by top seed and 2018 finalist, Aryna Sabalenka.[35] At Wimbledon, she lost in the first round to Nao Hibino.[36]

After Wimbledon, Pera played at the Hamburg Open. Seeded seventh, she was defeated in the second round by Ysaline Bonaventure.[37] Seeded third at the Budapest Grand Prix, she lost in the second round to eventual finalist, Anhelina Kalinina.[38]

In August, Pera traveled to Montreal to play the Canadian Open. She was defeated in the first round of qualifying by Harriet Dart. At the Cincinnati Open, she lost in the second round to eventual finalist Jil Teichmann.[39] Before the final Grand Slam of the year, she competed at the first edition of the Cleveland Open where she was defeated in the first round by fifth seed Nadia Podoroska.[40] At the US Open, she lost her first-round match to Tamara Zidanšek.[41]

Performance timelines

Key
W  F  SF QF #R RR Q# P# DNQ A Z# PO G F-S SF-B NMS P NH
(W) Won; (F) finalist; (SF) semifinalist; (QF) quarterfinalist; (#R) rounds 4, 3, 2, 1; (RR) round-robin stage; (Q#) qualification round; (P#) preliminary round; (DNQ) did not qualify; (A) absent; (Z#) Davis/Fed Cup Zonal Group (with number indication) or (PO) play-off; (G) gold, (F-S) silver or (SF-B) bronze Olympic/Paralympic medal; a (NMS) downgraded Masters Series/1000 tournament; (P) postponed; (NH) not held. SR=strike rate (events won/competed)
To avoid confusion and double counting, these charts are updated at the conclusion of a tournament or when the player's participation has ended.

Only main-draw results in WTA Tour, Grand Slam tournaments, Fed Cup/Billie Jean King Cup and Olympic Games are included in win/loss records.[42]

Singles

Current after the 2021 Transylvania Open.

Tournament 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022 SR W–L Win %
Grand Slam tournaments
Australian Open A A A A 3R 1R 1R 2R 0 / 4 3–4 43%
French Open A A A A 2R 1R 2R 1R 0 / 4 2–4 33%
Wimbledon A A A A 1R 1R NH 1R 0 / 3 0–3 0%
US Open Q1 Q1 A Q3 2R 1R 2R 1R 0 / 4 2–4 33%
Win–Loss 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 4–4 0–4 2–3 1–4 0 / 15 7–15 32%
WTA 1000
Dubai / Qatar Open[a] A A A A 1R 1R 2R 1R 0 / 4 1–4 20%
Indian Wells Open A A A A Q2 2R NH A 0 / 1 1–1 50%
Miami Open A A A A 2R Q1 NH 1R 0 / 2 1–2 33%
Madrid Open A A A A 3R A NH 2R 0 / 2 3–2 60%
Italian Open A A A A Q1 A 1R 2R 0 / 2 1–2 33%
Canadian Open A A A A Q2 A NH Q1 0 / 0 0–0  – 
Cincinnati Open A A A A Q2 1R 2R 2R 0 / 3 2–3 40%
Wuhan Open A A A Q2 1R 2R NH 0 / 2 1–2 33%
China Open A A A A 1R 1R NH 0 / 2 0–2 0%
Career statistics
Tournaments 0 0 0 1 13 16 10 21 Career total: 61
Titles 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Career total: 0
Finals 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Career total: 0
Hard Win–Loss 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–1 7–8 5–10 4–7 6–11 0 / 37 22–37 37%
Clay Win–Loss 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 6–4 9–4 1–3 4–8 0 / 19 20–19 51%
Grass Win–Loss 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–1 1–2 0–0 0–2 0 / 5 1–5 17%
Overall Win–Loss 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–1 13–13 15–16 5–10 10–21 0 / 61 43–61 41%
Win (%)  –   –   –  0% 50% 48% 33% 32% Career total: 41%
Year-end ranking 348 255 318 127 68 65 61 $2,099,610

Doubles

Current after the 2021 Ostrava.

Tournament 2014 ... 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022 SR W–L Win %
Grand Slam tournaments
Australian Open A A A 1R 2R 3R 0 / 3 3–3 50%
French Open A A A A 1R SF 0 / 2 4–2 67%
Wimbledon A A 1R 1R NH 1R 0 / 3 0–3 0%
US Open 1R A 1R 3R 1R 2R 0 / 5 3–5 38%
Win–Loss 0–1 0–0 0–2 2–3 1–3 7–4 0 / 13 10–13 43%
WTA 1000
Italian Open A A A A QF A 0 / 1 2–1 67%
Canadian Open A A A A NH SF 0 / 1 3–1 75%
Cincinnati Open A A A A 1R 1R 0 / 2 0–2 0%
Career statistics
Tournaments 1 1 2 4 6 8 Career total: 22
Overall Win–Loss 0–1 0–1 0–2 2–4 3–6 12–7 0 / 22 17–21 45%

ITF Circuit finals

Singles: 20 (9 titles, 11 runner–ups)

Legend
$100,000 tournaments
$80,000 tournaments
$25,000 tournaments
$15,000 tournaments
$10,000 tournaments
Finals by surface
Hard (1–0)
Clay (7–11)
Grass (0–0)
Carpet (1–0)
Result W–L    Date    Tournament Tier Surface Opponent Score
Loss 0–1 Apr 2012 ITF Bol, Croatia 10,000 Clay France Anaïs Laurendon 4–6, 6–4, 3–6
Loss 0–2 Jun 2012 ITF Sarajevo, BiH 10,000 Clay Romania Camelia Hristea 3–6, 6–3, 4–6
Loss 0–3 Oct 2012 ITF Solin, Croatia 10,000 Clay Croatia Ana Savić 7–5, 2–6, 5–7
Loss 0–4 Mar 2013 ITF Madrid, Spain 10,000 Clay (i) Hungary Réka Luca Jani 6–2, 4–6, 4–6
Loss 0–5 Mar 2013 ITF Bol, Croatia 10,000 Clay Hungary Ágnes Bukta 7–5, 2–6, 5–7
Win 1–5 Jun 2013 ITF Alkmaar, Netherlands 10,000 Clay Serbia Natalija Kostić 6–1, 6–2
Win 2–5 Jun 2013 ITF Breda, Netherlands 10,000 Clay Bulgaria Isabella Shinikova 6–4, 4–6, 6–0
Win 3–5 Sep 2013 ITF Rotterdam, Netherlands 10,000 Clay France Amandine Hesse 1–6, 6–3, 7–5
Win 4–5 Apr 2014 ITF Gloucester, UK 10,000 Hard (i) Belgium Klaartje Liebens 6–3, 6–1
Loss 4–6 Jun 2014 ITF Amstelveen, Netherlands 10,000 Clay Netherlands Quirine Lemoine 6–2, 4–6, 2–6
Win 5–6 Jun 2014 ITF Breda, Netherlands 15,000 Clay Brazil Beatriz Haddad Maia 6–1, 7–6(8)
Win 6–6 Jul 2015 ITF Imola, Italy 25,000 Carpet France Sherazad Reix 6–2, 6–3
Loss 6–7 Apr 2016 ITF Pelham, U.S. 25,000 Clay United States Grace Min 4–6, 4–6
Loss 6–8 Apr 2017 ITF Pula, Italy 25,000 Clay Canada Bianca Andreescu 7–6(8), 2–6, 6–7(8)
Loss 6–9 Apr 2017 ITF Pula, Italy 25,000 Clay Italy Georgia Brescia 1–6, 2–6
Loss 6–10 May 2017 ITF Dunakeszi, Hungary 25,000 Clay Ukraine Marta Kostyuk 4–6, 3–6
Win 7–10 Jul 2017 ITF Stuttgart, Germany 25,000 Clay Germany Anna Zaja 6–4, 6–4
Loss 7–11 Jul 2017 ITF Darmstadt, Germany 25,000 Clay Ukraine Anhelina Kalinina 2–6, 6–0, 3–6
Win 8–11 Jul 2017 ITS Cup, Czech Republic 80,000+H Clay Czech Republic Kristýna Plíšková 7–5, 4–6, 6–3
Win 9–11 May 2019 ITF Trnava, Slovakia 100,000 Clay Russia Anna Blinkova 7–5, 7–5

Doubles: 15 (8 titles, 7 runner–ups)

Legend
$75,000 tournaments
$50,000 tournaments
$25,000 tournaments
$10,000 tournaments
Finals by surface
Hard (1–2)
Clay (7–3)
Grass (0–0)
Carpet (0–2)
Result W–L    Date    Tournament Tier Surface Partner Opponents Score
Loss 0–1 Apr 2013 ITF Bol, Croatia 10,000 Clay Croatia Jana Fett Czech Republic Barbora Krejčíková
Russia Polina Leykina
3–6, 3–6
Loss 0–2 Jun 2013 ITF Alkmaar, Netherlands 10,000 Clay Italy Gaia Sanesi Netherlands Kim van der Horst
Netherlands Monique Zuur
3–6, 6–7(5)
Win 1–2 Aug 2013 ITF Enschede, Netherlands 10,000 Clay Belarus Sviatlana Pirazhenka Netherlands Anna Katalina Alzate Esmurzaeva
Netherlands Rosalie van der Hoek
6–2, 6–1
Win 2–2 Jun 2014 ITF Amstelveen, Netherlands 10,000 Hard Bulgaria Viktoriya Tomova Argentina Tatiana Búa
Brazil Beatriz Haddad Maia
6–0, 2–1 ret.
Win 3–2 Jun 2014 ITF Alkmaar, Netherlands 10,000 Clay Brazil Beatriz Haddad Maia Netherlands Charlotte van der Meij
Netherlands Mandy Wagemaker
6–1, 1–6, [10–5]
Loss 3–3 Aug 2014 ITF Koksijde, Belgium 25,000 Clay Netherlands Demi Schuurs Belgium Ysaline Bonaventure
Netherlands Richèl Hogenkamp
4–6, 4–6
Loss 3–4 Nov 2014 John Newcombe Challenge, U.S. 50,000 Hard United States Alexa Glatch Colombia Mariana Duque Mariño
Paraguay Verónica Cepede Royg
0–6, 3–6
Win 4–4 Jun 2015 ITF Helsingborg, Sweden 25,000 Clay Turkey Pemra Özgen Georgia (country) Ekaterine Gorgodze
Sweden Cornelia Lister
6–2, 6–0
Loss 4–5 Jul 2015 ITF Imola, Italy 25,000 Carpet Greece Despina Papamichail Italy Claudia Giovine
Switzerland Xenia Knoll
5–7, 2–6
Win 5–5 Aug 2015 ITF Prague Open,
Czech Republic
75,000 Clay Czech Republic Kateřina Kramperová Czech Republic Miriam Kolodziejová
Czech Republic Markéta Vondroušová
7–6(4), 5–7, [10–1]
Loss 5–6 Feb 2016 ITF Kreuzlingen, Switzerland 50,000 Carpet (i) Croatia Tena Lukas Germany Antonia Lottner
Switzerland Amra Sadiković
7–5, 2–6, [5–10]
Win 6–6 Mar 2016 ITF Le Havre, France 10,000 Clay United States Sabrina Santamaria Spain Georgina García Pérez
Latvia Diāna Marcinkēviča
6–2, 6–2
Loss 6–7 Oct 2016 ITF Redding, U.S. 25,000 Hard United States Julia Elbaba Bosnia and Herzegovina Ema Burgić Bucko
United States Sabrina Santamaria
3–6, 6–7(4)
Win 7–7 Apr 2017 ITF Pula, Italy 25,000 Clay North Macedonia Lina Gjorcheska India Prarthana Thombare
Netherlands Eva Wacanno
6–2, 6–3
Win 8–7 Apr 2017 ITF Pula, Italy 25,000 Clay Spain Georgina García Pérez Italy Cristiana Ferrando
Italy Camilla Rosatello
6–4, 6–3

Wins over top-10 players

No. Player Rank Event Surface Rd Score
2018
1. United Kingdom Johanna Konta No. 10 Australian Open Hard 2R 6–4, 7–5

Notes

  1. ^ The first Premier 5 event of the year has switched back and forth between the Dubai Tennis Championships and the Qatar Total Open since 2009. Dubai was classified as a Premier 5 event from 2009–2011 before being succeeded by Doha for the 2012–2014 period. In 2015, Dubai regained its Premier 5 status while Doha was demoted to Premier status. The Premier 5 tournaments were reclassified as WTA 1000 tournaments in 2021.

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