Polona Hercog

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Polona Hercog
Polona Hercog in Prague 2009.jpg
Hercog at the 2009 ECM Prague Open
Full name Polona Hercog
Country  Slovenia
Residence Monaco, Monaco
Born (1991-01-20) 20 January 1991 (age 23)
Maribor, Slovenia
Height 1.82 m (6 ft 0 in)
Turned pro 2006
Plays Right-handed (two–handed backhand)
Prize money $1,573,723
Career record 247–154
Career titles 2 WTA, 11 ITF
Highest ranking No. 35 (12 September 2011)
Current ranking No. 61 (7 July 2014)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open 2R (2010)
French Open 3R (2010)
Wimbledon 2R (2011, 2014)
US Open 2R (2011, 2014)
Career record 76–66
Career titles 2 WTA, 5 ITF
Highest ranking No. 56 (31 January 2011)
Current ranking No. 142 (7 July 2014)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian Open 3R (2012)
French Open 1R (2010, 2011, 2012)
Wimbledon 1R (2010)
US Open 3R (2010, 2013)
Mixed Doubles
Career record 0–1
Grand Slam Mixed Doubles results
Australian Open 1R (2012)
Last updated on: 20 April 2014.

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[edit]

Polona Hercog was born to florist Romana and bar owner Vojko.[1] 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.[2] Hercog is fluent in Slovenian, English, and Italian, and cites Justine Henin as her role model.[1] She currently resides in her hometown of Maribor and practices in Budapest.[3] Hercog is a fan of snowboarding, football, basketball and surfing.[4]

Tennis career[edit]


Polona at the 2009 Allianz Cup

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.[5]

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 6–4, 0–1, and Carla Suárez Navarroin two sets in the semifinals.[6] In the final, Hercog lost to first seed and former World No. 1 Venus Williams, despite winning the first set.[7] 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 BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells, 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, leading 6–0 1–0 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.[1] 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.[8]

WTA career finals[edit]

Singles: 4 (2 titles, 2 runners-up)[edit]

Grand Slam tournaments (0–0)
WTA Tour Championships (0–0)
Tier I / Premier Mandatory & Premier 5 (0–0)
Tier II / Premier (0–0)
Tier III, IV & V / International (2–2)
Finals by Surface
Hard (0–0)
Grass (0–0)
Clay (2–2)
Carpet (0–0)
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent Score
Runner-up 1. 27 February 2010 Abierto Mexicano TELCEL, Acapulco, Mexico Clay United States Venus Williams 6–2, 2–6, 3–6
Winner 1. 9 July 2011 Swedish Open, Båstad, Sweden Clay Sweden Johanna Larsson 6–4, 7–5
Runner-up 2. 17 July 2011 Internazionali Femminili di Palermo, Palermo, Italy Clay Spain Anabel Medina Garrigues 3–6, 2–6
Winner 2. 22 July 2012 Swedish Open, Båstad, Sweden (2) Clay France Mathilde Johansson 0–6, 6–4, 7–5

Doubles: 3 (2 titles, 1 runner-up)[edit]

Grand Slam tournaments (0–0)
WTA Tour Championships (0–0)
Tier I / Premier Mandatory & Premier 5 (0–0)
Tier II / Premier (0–0)
Tier III, IV & V / International (2–1)
Finals by Surface
Hard (1–0)
Grass (0–0)
Clay (1–1)
Carpet (0–0)
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
Runner-up 1. 19 May 2008 İstanbul Cup, Istanbul, Turkey Clay New Zealand Marina Erakovic United States Jill Craybas
Belarus Olga Govortsova
1–6, 2–6
Winner 1. 28 February 2010 Abierto Mexicano TELCEL, Acapulco, Mexico Clay Czech Republic Barbora Záhlavová-Strýcová Italy Sara Errani
Italy Roberta Vinci
2–6, 6–1, [10–2]
Winner 2. 26 September 2010 Hansol Korea Open, Seoul, South Korea Hard Germany Julia Görges South Africa Natalie Grandin
Czech Republic Vladimíra Uhlířová
6–3, 6–4

ITF Circuit Finals[edit]

$100,000 tournaments
$75,000 tournaments
$50,000 tournaments
$25,000 tournaments
$10,000 tournaments

Singles: 12 (11-1)[edit]

Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent Score
Winner 1. 13 August 2007 Pesaro, Italy Clay Liechtenstein Stephanie Vogt 6–2, 2–6, 6–1
Winner 2. 21 August 2007 Maribor, Slovenia Clay Czech Republic Tereza Hladíková 4–6, 6–1, 4–1 ret.
Winner 3. 4 February 2008 Mallorca, Spain Clay Spain Inés Ferrer Suárez 6–3, 6–1
Winner 4. 11 February 2008 Mallorca 2, Spain Clay Liechtenstein Stephanie Vogt 4–6, 6–1, 6–3
Runner-up 1. 6 April 2008 Civitavecchia, Italy Clay Argentina Betina Jozami 2–6, 2–6
Winner 5. 13 April 2009 Civitavecchia, Italy Clay Germany Andrea Petkovic 6–2,6–4
Winner 6. 4 May 2009 Zagreb, Croatia Clay Slovenia Maša Zec Peškirič 7–5, 6–2
Winner 7. 8 June 2009 Zlín, Czech Republic Clay Slovakia Zuzana Kučová 6–3, 6–1
Winner 8. 8 June 2009 Cuneo, Italy Clay United States Varvara Lepchenko 6–1, 6–2
Winner 9. 8 February 2010 Cali, Colombia Clay Colombia Mariana Duque-Marino 6–4, 5–7, 6–2
Winner 10. 27 May 2013 Maribor, Slovenia Clay Croatia Ana Konjuh 3–6 6–3 6–3
Winner 11. 21 July 2013 Olomouc, Czech Republic Clay Poland Katarzyna Piter 6–0, 6–3

Doubles: 7 (5-2)[edit]

Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
Winner 1. 15 January 2007 Algiers 2, Algeria Clay India Rushmi Chakravarthi Czech Republic Barbora Matusova
Russia Anna Savitskaya
6–2, 6–0
Winner 2. 11 February 2008 Mallorca 2, Spain Clay Liechtenstein Stephanie Vogt Spain Leticia Costas-Moreira
Spain Maite Gabarrus Alonso
7–6(7–2), 6–3
Runner-up 1. 19 April 2008 Bari, Italy Clay Liechtenstein Stephanie Vogt Italy Alberta Brianti
Italy Anna Floris
3–6, 3–6
Winner 3. 28 April 2008 Makarska, Croatia Clay Liechtenstein Stephanie Vogt Slovenia Tadeja Majerič
Slovenia Maša Zec Peškirič
7–5, 6–2
Winner 4. 8 September 2008 Sarajevo 2, Bosnia-Herzegovina Clay Italy Alberta Brianti Turkey Çağla Büyükakçay
Israel Julia Glushko
6–4, 7–5
Runner-up 2. 18 September 2009 Sofia, Bulgaria Clay Croatia Petra Martic Italy Tathiana Garbin
Switzerland Timea Bacsinszky
2-6 6-7
Winner 5. 8 February 2010 Cali, Colombia Clay Romania Edina Gallovits Spain Estrella Cabeza Candella
Spain Laura Pous Tió
3–6, 6–3, [10–8]

Grand Slam junior doubles finals (2–0)[edit]

Outcome Year Championships Surface Partner Opponents Score
Winner 2008 French Open Clay Australia Jessica Moore Netherlands Lesley Kerkhove
Netherlands Arantxa Rus
5–7, 6–1, [10–7]
Winner 2008 The Championships, Wimbledon Grass Australia Jessica Moore Australia Isabella Holland
Australia Sally Peers
6–3, 1–6, 6–2

Fed Cup results (10–8)[edit]

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 Estonia Tadeja Majerić Anett Kaasik
Margit Rüütel
1–6, 6–1, 6–4 Win 3–0
Group I E/A PPO 21 April Plovdiv Clay Switzerland Switzerland Patty Schnyder 3–6, 6–3, 2–6 Lose 0–2
2008 Group I E/A RR 31 January Budapest Carpet Belarus Belarus Maša Zec Peškirič Ima Bohush
Tatiana Poutchek
1–6, 3–6 Lose 0–3
Group I E/A RR 1 February Budapest Carpet Georgia (country) 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 Israel Israël Shahar Pe'er 1–6, 4–6 Lose 2–1
Katarina Srebotnik Julia Glushko
Shahar Pe'er
6–1, 7–6(9–7) Win
Group I E/A RR 4 February Lisbon Hard Netherlands Netherlands Arantxa Rus 6–7(5–7), 7–5, 6–2 Win 2–1
Group I E/A RR 6 February Lisbon Hard Switzerland Switzerland Sarah Moundir 6–4, 6–1 Win 3–0
World Group II PO 24–25 April Maribor Clay Japan 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 Germany Julia Görges 7–5, 6–4 Win 1–4
Andrea Petkovic 1–6, 2–6 Lose
Katarina Srebotnik Anna-Lena Grönefeld
Tatjana Malek
6–7(3–7), 0–0 ret. Lose
World Group II PO 16–17 April Koper Clay Canada Canada Eugenie Bouchard 6–0, 6–4 Win 3–2
Rebecca Marino 5–7, 6–2, 8–6 Win
Katarina Srebotnik Sharon Fichman
Rebecca Marino
7–6(7–5), 6–2 Win
2012 World Group II QF 4–5 February Hyōgo Hard Japan Japan Kimiko Date-Krumm 6–-2, 4–6, 2–6 Lose 0–5
Ayumi Morita 6–3, 6–7(6–8), 1–6 Lose

Singles performance timeline[edit]


Won tournament; or reached Final; Semifinal; Quarter-final; Round 4, 3, 2, 1; competed at a Round Robin stage; lost in Qualification Round; absent from tournament event; played in a Davis Cup Zonal Group (with its number indication) or Play-off; won a bronze, silver (F or S) or gold medal at the Olympics; a downgraded Masters Series/1000 tournament (Not a Masters Series); or a tournament that was Not Held in a given year.

To avoid confusion and double counting, these charts are updated either at the conclusion of a tournament, or when the player's participation in the tournament has ended.

Tournament 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 W–L
Grand Slam tournaments
Australian Open A A A A 2R 1R 1R 1R 1R 1–5
French Open A A A 2R 3R 2R 1R LQ 2R 5–5
Wimbledon A A A LQ 1R 2R 1R LQ 2R 2-4
US Open A A LQ 1R 1R 2R 1R 1R 2R 2–6
Win–Loss 0–0 0–0 0–0 1–2 3–4 3–4 0–4 0–2 2-3 9–19
Olympic Games
Summer Olympics Not Held A Not Held 1R NH 0–1
Win–Loss 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–1 0–0 0–1
Premier Mandatory
Indian Wells A A A A 2R 1R 1R A 1–3
Miami A A A A 3R 1R 2R A 3–3
Madrid Not Held A 1R LQ 1R A 0–2
Beijing Tier II Prem. 2R 2R 3R 3R 6–4
Win–Loss 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 4–4 1–3 3–4 2-1 10–12
Premier 5
Doha A A A Not Held A 1R A 0–1
Rome A A A A 2R 3R A A 3–2
Toronto A A A A A 1R A A 0–1
Cincinnati A A A A A 1R A 2R 1–2
Tokyo A A A A 1R A A 1R 0–2
Win–Loss 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 1–2 2–3 0–1 1–2 4–8
Tour Level Win–Loss 0–0 0–2 1–2 6–8 27–26 30–25 14–23 9–10 87–96
Tour Level Win % 0% 0% 33% 43% 51% 55% 38% 47% 48%
Overall Win–Loss 14–7 26–8 37–16 48–18 32–26 32–27 20–26 31–14 240–143
Overall Win % 67% 76% 70% 73% 55% 54% 43% 69% 70%
Year End Ranking 717 345 243 71 48 36 80 66 N/A
* Statistics correct as of January 13, 2014


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