Polona Hercog is in The Quest of Her Third WTA Title At The Samsung Open

Published 04/13/2019, 7:17 AM EDT
Polono Hercog


The former World Number 35, Polona Hercog was halted by the Romanian, Simona Halep in the third round of the Miami Open 2019. In the Florida swing, she was a lucky loser contestant in the main draw and gave a tough time to World Number two tennis player. Despite her 5-7, 7-6(1), 6-2 trounce in Miami, Polono Hercog strides into the Samsung Open finals by edging past the Frenchwoman, Fiona Ferro.

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In the opening set, Polona Hercog raced to hold a 5-2 lead, but nevertheless, the Frenchwoman battled to stay longer in the semifinal encounter. She got a chance to break Ferro early in the second set which benefitted Polona Hercog to seal her victory in the Swiss tournament in Lugano.

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Polona Hercog

The six-feet tall Slovenian player, Polona Hercog moved efficiently on the red dirt and consequently clinched a 7-5, 6-4 against the 22-year-old, Ferro. Till now she has two WTA titles her name, in Mexico and Korea and nine years later, she eyes for her third WTA singles crown. 

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“I will just go out there and enjoy it. I have been in this situation last year, I want to enjoy the moment. I will try to play my best tennis and I think that’s the key,” Hercog uttered after she reserved her spot in the Ladies Open Lugano 2019 finals.

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Before her semi-final victory, Polona Hercog tussled to survive in the tournament during her pre-quarterfinal match. She was playing Sorana Cirstea and dropped her opening set against the Romanian. However, the Slovenian held a 3-6, 7-6(0), 6-4 against Cirstea and kept her title hopes alive. 

In the finals, Polona Hercog will meet Iga Swiatek from Poland or the Czech Republican Kristyna Pliskova. Pliskova ousted the two-time Grand Slam champion, Svetlana Kuznetsova in their quarterfinal encounter yesterday and obstructed the 33-year-old Russian from making a comeback in the sport of tennis.  

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Mahalakshmi Murali

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Mahalakshmi Murali joined EssentiallySports in 2018 as a tennis author and has gone on to pen more than 1800 engaging articles, probing into various aspects of the sport and its illustrious players. With her expertise on the sport, Mahalakshmi has interviewed stalwarts from the sport such as Serena WIlliams’ coach Patrick Mouratoglou and Kevin Anderson’s physio, Carlos Costa. Equipped with her vast experience and a keen understanding of the sport, Mahalakshmi now co-heads the tennis department.

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