Polona Hercog (born 20 January 1991) is a Slovenian tennis player. Her highest ranking is No. 35 in singles and No. 56 in doubles. Hercog has won four WTA Tour titles; two each in singles and doubles. She also enjoyed success on the ITF Circuit, winning ten singles and five doubles titles. She is the Slovenian No. 1 in women's tennis.
Partnering with Jessica Moore, she won the 2008 French Open and Wimbledon Championships junior titles in the doubles competition.
Early and personal life
Polona Hercog was born to florist Romana and bar owner Vojko. She began playing tennis aged four in the tennis clinic opened by Mima Jaušovec in Maribor, and moved to Italy at age 14 to train professionally. Hercog is fluent in Slovenian, English, and Italian, and cites Justine Henin as her role model. She currently resides in her hometown of Maribor and practices in Budapest. Hercog is a fan of snowboarding, football, basketball and surfing.
Hercog made her WTA Tour debut in Portorož, Slovenia, losing to Elena Vesnina in three sets. In 2008, Hercog participated in the 2008 İstanbul Cup, where she lost in the first round to Tsvetana Pironkova, but reached the finals of the doubles competition partnering with New Zealand's Marina Erakovic. The same year, Hercog and Australian Jessica Moore won two Grand Slam junior doubles titles, the French Open and the Wimbledon Championships. She also played the qualifications for the US Open, but lost to Sandra Záhlavová in the first round in straight sets.
Hercog entered the 2009 Grand Prix SAR La Princesse Lalla Meryem in Fes, Morocco via the qualifying rounds, and beat seventh seed Roberta Vinci to reach the quarterfinals, where she was defeated by Alisa Kleybanova. At that year's French Open she upset 23rd seeded Kleybanova, but was in turn beaten by Aravane Rezaï. At the US Open, Hercog was beaten by American wildcard Christina McHale in the first round. She also played the BGL Luxembourg Open, defeating Maria Elena Camerin in the opening round. She then lost to Sabine Lisicki in two sets. Polona managed to make it up to the second round at the 2009 Allianz Cup in Sofia, Bulgaria but was beaten by Bojana Jovanovski.
Hercog opened the season with early losses at her first three tournaments, including a second round showing at the Australian Open, where she lost to Alona Bondarenko. After playing for Slovenia Fed Cup team, she won the ITF event in Cali, Colombia, but then suffered an opening round loss to Catalina Castaño at the Copa Sony Ericsson Colsanitas.
At the tournament in Acapulco, Mexico, Hercog reached her first WTA Tour singles final and won her first WTA Tour doubles title. She defeated Rossana de los Ríos in the first round, Alizé Cornet in the second, Ágnes Szávay retired from the quarterfinals match when Hercog was leading by a set, and Carla Suárez Navarro in two sets in the semifinals. In the final, Hercog lost to first seed and former world No. 1 Venus Williams, despite winning the first set. Partnering with Barbora Záhlavová-Strýcová, she won her first Tour doubles title, beating the Italian team of Sara Errani and Roberta Vinci.
At the 2010 Indian Wells Masters, Hercog defeated Ioana Raluca Olaru in the first round and was defeated by 11th seed Marion Bartoli in the second round.
Hercog caused an upset in the second round of the 2010 French Open by defeating No. 24 Lucie Šafářová.
In Portorož, she reached the semi-finals, was up a set against Anna Chakvetadze but then lost the match in three sets.
Seeded 6th at the 2010 e-Boks Danish Open in Copenhagen, she had a chance to take revenge on Anna Chakvetadze as they met in the quarterfinals. Hercog lost the match, this time in straight sets.
Hercog began the year with three straight losses, including a first-round loss at the 2011 Australian Open to Anastasija Sevastova. In Fed Cup against Germany, she split her singles rubbers, defeating Julia Görges but losing to Andrea Petkovic. She split with her long-time coach, Zoltan Kuharszky, and is now working with Vladimir Platenik. She lost in the first rounds of clay tournaments in Bogotá and Acapulco, where she had reached the final in 2010. She then reached the semifinals of Monterrey, where she lost to Jelena Janković.On 9 July she defeated Johanna Larsson in the final at Båstad to win her first WTA Tournament.
In July 2012, Hercog successfully defended the Swedish Open title by defeating Mathilde Johansson in three sets.
WTA career finals
Singles: 4 (2 titles, 2 runners-up)
|Outcome||No.||Date||Tournament||Surface||Opponent in final||Score in final|
|Runner-up||1.||27 February 2010||Mexican Open, Acapulco, Mexico||Clay||Venus Williams||6–2, 2–6, 3–6|
|Winner||1.||9 July 2011||Swedish Open, Båstad, Sweden||Clay||Johanna Larsson||6–4, 7–5|
|Runner-up||2.||17 July 2011||Palermo Open, Palermo, Italy||Clay||Anabel Medina Garrigues||3–6, 2–6|
|Winner||2.||22 July 2012||Swedish Open, Båstad, Sweden (2)||Clay||Mathilde Johansson||0–6, 6–4, 7–5|
Doubles: 3 (2 titles, 1 runner-up)
|Outcome||No.||Date||Tournament||Surface||Partner||Opponents in final||Score in final|
|Runner-up||1.||19 May 2008||İstanbul Cup, Istanbul, Turkey||Clay||Marina Erakovic|| Jill Craybas |
|Winner||1.||28 February 2010||Mexican Open, Acapulco, Mexico||Clay||Barbora Záhlavová-Strýcová|| Sara Errani |
|2–6, 6–1, [10–2]|
|Winner||2.||26 September 2010||Korea Open, Seoul, South Korea||Hard||Julia Görges|| Natalie Grandin |
ITF Circuit Finals
Singles: 12 (11–1)
|Winner||1.||13 August 2007||Pesaro, Italy||Clay||Stephanie Vogt||6–2, 2–6, 6–1|
|Winner||2.||21 August 2007||Maribor, Slovenia||Clay||Tereza Hladíková||4–6, 6–1, 4–1 ret.|
|Winner||3.||4 February 2008||Mallorca, Spain||Clay||Inés Ferrer Suárez||6–3, 6–1|
|Winner||4.||11 February 2008||Mallorca 2, Spain||Clay||Stephanie Vogt||4–6, 6–1, 6–3|
|Runner-up||1.||6 April 2008||Civitavecchia, Italy||Clay||Betina Jozami||2–6, 2–6|
|Winner||5.||13 April 2009||Civitavecchia, Italy||Clay||Andrea Petkovic||6–2,6–4|
|Winner||6.||4 May 2009||Zagreb, Croatia||Clay||Maša Zec Peškirič||7–5, 6–2|
|Winner||7.||8 June 2009||Zlín, Czech Republic||Clay||Zuzana Kučová||6–3, 6–1|
|Winner||8.||8 June 2009||Cuneo, Italy||Clay||Varvara Lepchenko||6–1, 6–2|
|Winner||9.||8 February 2010||Cali, Colombia||Clay||Mariana Duque-Marino||6–4, 5–7, 6–2|
|Winner||10.||27 May 2013||Maribor, Slovenia||Clay||Ana Konjuh||3–6 6–3 6–3|
|Winner||11.||21 July 2013||Olomouc, Czech Republic||Clay||Katarzyna Piter||6–0, 6–3|
Doubles: 7 (5–2)
|Winner||1.||15 January 2007||Algiers 2, Algeria||Clay||Rushmi Chakravarthi|| Barbora Matusova |
|Winner||2.||11 February 2008||Mallorca 2, Spain||Clay||Stephanie Vogt|| Leticia Costas-Moreira |
Maite Gabarrus Alonso
|Runner-up||1.||19 April 2008||Bari, Italy||Clay||Stephanie Vogt|| Alberta Brianti |
|Winner||3.||28 April 2008||Makarska, Croatia||Clay||Stephanie Vogt|| Tadeja Majerič |
Maša Zec Peškirič
|Winner||4.||8 September 2008||Sarajevo 2, Bosnia-Herzegovina||Clay||Alberta Brianti|| Çağla Büyükakçay |
|Runner-up||2.||18 September 2009||Sofia, Bulgaria||Clay||Petra Martić|| Tathiana Garbin |
|Winner||5.||8 February 2010||Cali, Colombia||Clay||Edina Gallovits|| Estrella Cabeza Candela |
Laura Pous Tió
|3–6, 6–3, [10–8]|
Grand Slam junior doubles finals (2–0)
|Winner||2008||French Open||Clay||Jessica Moore|| Lesley Kerkhove |
|5–7, 6–1, [10–7]|
|Winner||2008||The Championships, Wimbledon||Grass||Jessica Moore|| Isabella Holland |
|6–3, 1–6, 6–2|
Fed Cup results (10–8)
|Year||Edition||Round||Date||Location||Surface||Against||Partnering (if D)||Opponent(s)||Score||W/L||Result|
|2007||Group I E/A||RR||19 April||Plovdiv||Clay||Estonia||Tadeja Majerič||Anett Kaasik |
|1–6, 6–1, 6–4||Win||3–0|
|Group I E/A||PPO||21 April||Plovdiv||Clay||Switzerland||Patty Schnyder||3–6, 6–3, 2–6||Loss||0–2|
|2008||Group I E/A||RR||31 January||Budapest||Carpet||Belarus||Maša Zec Peškirič||Ima Bohush |
|Group I E/A||RR||1 February||Budapest||Carpet||Georgia||Ekaterine Gorgodze||6–7(3–7), 7–6(7–5), 7–5||Win||2–0|
|2010||Group I E/A||RR||February 3||Lisbon||Hard||Israël||Shahar Pe'er||1–6, 4–6||Loss||2–1|
|Katarina Srebotnik||Julia Glushko |
|Group I E/A||RR||4 February||Lisbon||Hard||Netherlands||Arantxa Rus||6–7(5–7), 7–5, 6–2||Win||2–1|
|Group I E/A||RR||6 February||Lisbon||Hard||Switzerland||Sarah Moundir||6–4, 6–1||Win||3–0|
|World Group II||PO||24–25 April||Maribor||Clay||Japan||Ayumi Morita||3–6, 6–1, 6–3||Win||4–1|
|Kimiko Date-Krumm||4–6, 2–6||Loss|
|2011||World Group II||QF||5–6 February||Maribor||Clay||Germany||Julia Görges||7–5, 6–4||Win||1–4|
|Andrea Petkovic||1–6, 2–6||Loss|
|Katarina Srebotnik||Anna-Lena Grönefeld |
|6–7(3–7), 0–0 ret.||Loss|
|World Group II||PO||16–17 April||Koper||Clay||Canada||Eugenie Bouchard||6–0, 6–4||Win||3–2|
|Rebecca Marino||5–7, 6–2, 8–6||Win|
|Katarina Srebotnik||Sharon Fichman |
|2012||World Group II||QF||4–5 February||Hyōgo||Hard||Japan||Kimiko Date-Krumm||6–-2, 4–6, 2–6||Loss||0–5|
|Ayumi Morita||6–3, 6–7(6–8), 1–6||Loss|
Only Main Draw results in WTA Tour, Grand Slam Tournaments and Olympic Games are included in Win–Loss records. This table is current through the 2016 Sydney International.
|Grand Slam tournaments|
|Australian Open||A||A||A||2R||1R||1R||1R||1R||2R||1R||0 / 7||2–7||22%|
|French Open||A||A||2R||3R||2R||1R||2R||2R||2R||2R||0 / 8||8–8||50%|
|Wimbledon||A||A||Q2||1R||2R||1R||2R||2R||1R||1R||0 / 7||3–7||30%|
|US Open||A||Q1||1R||1R||2R||1R||1R||2R||2R||1R||0 / 8||3–8||27%|
|Win–Loss||0–0||0–0||1–2||3–4||3–4||0–4||2–4||3–4||3–4||1–4||0 / 30||16–30||35%|
|Summer Olympics||NH||A||Not Held||1R||Not Held||1R||0 / 2||0–2||0%|
|WTA Premier Mandatory tournaments|
|Indian Wells Masters||A||A||A||2R||1R||1R||A||A||2R||1R||0 / 5||2–5||29%|
|Miami Open||A||A||A||3R||1R||2R||A||A||1R||Q1||0 / 4||3–4||43%|
|Madrid Open||Not Held||A||1R||Q1||1R||A||A||Q1||Q1||0 / 2||0–2||0%|
|China Open||Not Tier I||A||2R||2R||3R||3R||2R||A||0 / 5||7–5||58%|
|WTA Premier 5 tournaments|
|Dubai Championships||Not Tier I||A||A||A||Not Premier 5||A||NP5||0 / 0||0–0||–|
|Qatar Open||NTI||A||Not Held||NP5||1R||A||A||NP5||A||0 / 1||0–1||0%|
|Italian Open||A||A||A||2R||3R||A||A||Q1||Q1||Q1||0 / 2||3–2||60%|
|Canadian Open||A||A||A||A||1R||A||A||A||3R||A||0 / 2||2–2||50%|
|Cincinnati Masters||Not Tier I||A||A||1R||A||2R||1R||Q2||A||0 / 3||1–3||25%|
|Pan Pacific Open||A||A||A||1R||A||Q1||1R||Not Premier 5||0 / 2||0–2||0%|
|Wuhan Open||Not Held||Q1||A||0 / 0||0–0||–|
|Overall Win–Loss||0–1||0–2||6–8||22–24||27–25||14–21||9–10||12–16||19–23||16–22||2 / 135||125–152||45.13%|
Only Main Draw results in WTA Tour, Grand Slam Tournaments and Olympic Games are included in Win–Loss records. This table is current through the 2015 US Open.
|Grand Slam tournaments|
|Australian Open||A||A||A||1R||1R||3R||1R||A||A||0 / 4||2–4||33%|
|French Open||A||A||A||1R||1R||1R||A||1R||A||0 / 4||0–4||0%|
|Wimbledon||A||A||A||1R||A||A||A||A||A||0 / 1||0–1||0%|
|US Open||A||A||1R||3R||2R||1R||3R||A||1R||0 / 6||5–6||45%|
|Win–Loss||0–0||0–0||0–1||2–4||1–3||2–3||2–2||0–1||0–1||0 / 15||7–15||32%|
|WTA Premier Mandatory tournaments|
|Indian Wells Masters||A||A||A||A||1R||A||A||A||A||0 / 1||0–1||0%|
|Miami Open||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||0 / 0||0–0||–|
|Madrid Open||Not Held||A||A||1R||A||A||A||A||0 / 1||0–1||0%|
|China Open||Not Tier I||A||1R||A||A||A||A||A||0 / 1||0–1||0%|
|WTA Premier 5 tournaments|
|Dubai Championships||Not Tier I||A||A||A||Not Premier 5||A||0 / 0||0–0||–|
|Qatar Open||NTI||A||Not Held||NP5||1R||A||A||NP5||0 / 1||0–1||0%|
|Italian Open||A||A||A||2R||2R||A||A||A||A||0 / 2||2–2||50%|
|Canadian Open||A||A||A||A||1R||A||A||A||A||0 / 1||0–1||0%|
|Cincinnati Masters||Not Tier I||A||A||2R||A||A||A||A||0 / 1||1–1||50%|
|Pan Pacific Open||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||NP5||0 / 0||0–0||–|
|Wuhan Open||Not Held||A||A||0 / 0||0–0||–|
|Overall Win–Loss||1–1||3–2||5–7||16–14||9–15||2–4||5–3||0–1||0–1||2 / 52||41–48||46.07%|