Polona Hercog

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Polona Hercog
Polona Hercog (34857439354).jpg
Hercog at the 2017 Wimbledon Championships
Country (sports) Slovenia
ResidenceDoha, Qatar
Born (1991-01-20) 20 January 1991 (age 27)
Maribor, SFR Yugoslavia
Height1.82 m (6 ft 0 in)
Turned pro2006
PlaysRight-handed (two-handed backhand)
CoachŽeljko Krajan
Prize moneyUS$2,644,073
Official websitepolonahercog.com
Singles
Career record366–235 (60.9%)
Career titles2 WTA, 14 ITF
Highest rankingNo. 35 (12 September 2011)
Current rankingNo. 78 (20 August 2018)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open2R (2010, 2015)
French Open3R (2010)
Wimbledon3R (2017)
US Open2R (2011, 2014, 2015)
Other tournaments
Olympic Games1R (2012, 2016)
Doubles
Career record76–70
Career titles2 WTA, 5 ITF
Highest rankingNo. 56 (31 January 2011)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian Open3R (2012)
French Open1R (2010, 2011, 2012)
Wimbledon1R (2010)
US Open3R (2010, 2013)
Mixed doubles
Career record0–1
Grand Slam Mixed Doubles results
Australian Open1R (2012)
Team competitions
Fed CupRecord 12–9
Last updated on: 11 June 2018.

Polona Hercog (born 20 January 1991) is a Slovenian tennis player. Her career-high rankings are No. 35 in singles and No. 56 in doubles. She has won four WTA Tour titles; two each in singles and doubles. Hercog also enjoyed success on the ITF Women's Circuit, winning 14 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]

Hercog was born in Maribor, Slovenia to florist Romana and bar owner Vojko.[1] As a four-year-old she began playing in the local tennis clinic opened by Mima Jaušovec, and at age 14 moved to Italy 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 and practices in Budapest.[3]

Tennis career[edit]

2007—2009[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, she participated in the 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.[4]

Hercog entered the 2009 Grand Prix SAR La Princesse Lalla Meryem in Fes, Morocco, via the qualifying rounds, and beat 7th 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 but was beaten by Bojana Jovanovski.

2010[edit]

Hercog opened the season at the ASB Classic. She lost in the first round to Shahar Pe'er 5-7, 3-6.[5]

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.[6] In the final, she 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 Indian Wells Masters, Hercog defeated Ioana Raluca Olaru in the first round and was defeated by 11th seed Marion Bartoli in the second round. She caused an upset in the second round of the French Open by defeating No. 24, Lucie Šafářová.

In Portorož, she reached the semifinals, was up a set against Anna Chakvetadze but then lost the match in three sets. Seeded 6th at the 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.

2011[edit]

Hercog began the year at the Brisbane International. She lost in the first round to Iveta Benešová 2-6, 5-7.[8] Seeded 2nd in qualifying at the Medibank International Sydney, Hercog lost in the first round of qualifying to Jill Craybas 5-7, 1-6. At the Australian Open, she lost in the first round to world No. 46, Anastasija Sevastova, 4-6, 6-7(5).

After the Australian Open, Hercog played at the 2011 Fed Cup World Group II against Germany. She defeated Julia Görges 7-5, 6-4, however, she lost to Andrea Petkovic 1-6, 2-6. Slovenia lost to Germany 1-4.[9] Seeded 2nd at the Copa Sony Ericsson Colsanitas, she defeated Pauline Parmentier in the first round 6-7(2), 7-6(10), 6-2.[10] In the second round, she lost to Petra Martić 2-6, 3-6. Seeded 2nd at the Abierto Mexicano Telcel, Hercog lost in the first round to Lourdes Domínguez Lino 3-6, 6-4, 3-6.[11] She then stayed in Mexico for the Monterrey Open. Seeded 8th, Hercog defeated Angelique Kerber in the first round 6-3, 6-3.[12] She then reached the semifinals where she lost to top seed Jelena Janković 3-6, 2-6.[13] At the BNP Paribas Open, Hercog lost in the first round to Anastasija Sevastova 5-7, 6-7(6).[14] At the Sony Ericsson Open, she lost in the first round to Chanelle Scheepers 7-5, 5-7, 2-6.[15]

Hercog began her clay court season at the Andalucia Tennis Experience. She lost in the first round to Laura Pous Tió 1-6, 2-6.[16] Next, Hercog played at the Grand Prix SAR La Princesse Lalla Meryem. She got revenge on Chanelle Scheepers by defeating her in the first round 6-7(6), 7-6(1), 6-2.[17] However, she withdrew from her second round match against Melanie Oudin due to an ankle injury.[18] At the Barcelona Ladies Open, Hercog won her first round match against lucky loser Jamie Hampton 6-4, 7-5.[19] In the second round, she easily beat Mirjana Lučić 6-1, 6-2.[20] In the quarterfinals, she lost to Laura Pous Tió 7-6(7), 1-6, 5-7.[21]

2012[edit]

Hercog at the 2012 Wimbledon Championships

Hercog began the year at the Brisbane International. She retired trailing 6-1, 4-1 in her first round match against 7th seed Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova due to a low back injury.[22] Seeded 3rd in qualifying at the Apia International Sydney, Hercog lost in the final round of qualifying to 7th seed Ekaterina Makarova 1-6, 3-6. However, she received a lucky loser spot into the main draw. In the first round, Hercog lost to 8th seed Marion Bartoli 3-6, 3-6.[23] At the Australian Open, she lost in the first round to 22nd seed Julia Görges 3-6, 6-7(3).[24]

After the Australian Open, Hercog represented Slovenia for Fed Cup against Japan. She lost both of her rubbers to Kimiko Date-Krumm 6-2, 4-6, 2-6 and Ayumi Morita 6-3, 6-7(6), 1-6.[25] Japan went on to defeat Slovenia 5-0. At the Open GDF Suez, Hercog lost in the first round to Chanelle Scheepers 2-6, 2-6.[26] She suffered another first round loss at the Qatar Total Open to Tsvetana Pironkova 0-6, 4-6.[27] Seeded 2nd for qualifying at the Dubai Tennis Championships, she lost in the final round of qualifying to Aleksandra Wozniak 7-6(8), 6-7(4), 3-6. Entering the main draw as a lucky loser, Hercog lost in the first round to world No. 21, Daniela Hantuchová, 6-1, 5-7, 6-7(4).[28] Ranked 38 at the BNP Paribas Open, she lost in the first round to wildcard Jamie Hampton 0-6, 1-6.[29] At the Sony Ericsson Open, Hercog got revenge on qualifier Jamie Hampton defeating her in the first round 6-1, 6-3. In the second, she lost to 7th seed Marion Bartoli 7-5, 2-6, 1-6.[30]

Hercog began her clay court season at the Family Circle Cup. Seeded 14th, she beat Kimiko Date-Krumm in the first round 6-4, 6-3.[31] In the second round, she defeated American Varvara Lepchenko 6-3, 6-2.[32] In the third round, Hercog upset 3rd seed Marion Bartoli 6-4, 1-6, 6-4.[33] In the quarterfinals, she upset 13th seed Nadia Petrova 6-1, 6-2 to reach the semifinals[34] where she was crushed by 9th seed Lucie Šafářová 6-0, 6-0.[35] Seeded 8th at the Barcelona Ladies Open, Hercog retired in her first round match against Sorana Cîrstea after losing the first set 4-6 due to dizziness.[36] Seeded 9th at the Estoril Open, she defeated Tamira Paszek in the first round 6-0, 6-3.[37] In the second round, Hercog retired trailing 6-4, 3-0 to Carla Suárez Navarro due to a right foot injury.[38] Ranked 37 at the Mutua Madrid Open, Hercog lost in the first round to Shahar Pe'er 3-6, 5-7.[39] At the French Open, she was defeated in the first round by Ayumi Morita 3-6, 6-4, 6-3.[40]

At the Wimbledon Championships, Hercog lost in the first round to qualifier Kristýna Plíšková 2-6, 2-6.[41]

After Wimbledon, Hercog competed at the Internazionali Femminili di Palermo. Seeded 6th, she was upset in the first round by Irina-Camelia Begu 1-6, 6-7(8).[42] After Palmero, Hercog played at the Swedish Open where she was the defending champion. Hercog successfully defended her title defeating Mathilde Johansson in the final 0-6, 6-4, 7-5.[43] Representing Slovenia at the Summer Olympics, Hercog was defeated in the first round by Spaniard María José Martínez Sánchez 6-2, 6-4.

She played one warm up tournament before the US Open. At the Texas Tennis Open. She faced Kiki Bertens in the first round, and won the first set 6-4 when Bertens retired due to a right abdominal injury.[44] In the second round, she lost to 3rd seed and eventual champion Roberta Vinci 2-6, 3-6.[45] At the US Open, Hercog was defeated in the first round by 5th seed Petra Kvitová 7-6(6), 6-1.[46]

At the Korea Open, she lost in the first round to 8th seed Ekaterina Makarova 4-6, 1-6.[47] Seeded 11th for qualifying at the Toray Pan Pacific Open, Hercog lost in the first round of qualifying to Japanese wildcard Kurumi Nara 1-6, 4-6. She qualified for the China Open beating 17th seed Mathilde Johansson 6-3, 6-4 and Gréta Arn 6-3, 3-6, 6-0. In round 1, Hercog led 5-7, 6-4, 3-0 before Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova retired due to a gastrointestinal illness.[48] In the second round, she defeated Ekaterina Makarova 7-6(5), 3-6, 7-6(3).[49] In the third round, Hercog lost to 2nd seed and eventual finalist Maria Sharapova 0-6, 2-6.[50] Her final tournament of the year was at the HP Open. She lost in the first round to eventual champion Heather Watson 4-6, 4-6.[51]

Hercog ended the year ranked No. 80.

2013[edit]

Hercog at the 2013 US Open

At the 2013 Australian Open, she was defeated in the first round by 21st seed Varvara Lepchenko 6-4, 6-1.[52]

Seeded 17th for qualifying at the French Open, she beat Ajla Tomljanović in the first round of qualifying 3-6, 6-1, 6-3, but in the second round she lost to Grace Min 1-6, 2-6. After the French Open, Hercog played the 25k-tournament in Maribor, Slovenia. As the top seed, she won the tournament defeating Ana Konjuh in the final 3-6, 6-3, 6-3. At the 100k-tournament in Marseille, she was defeated in the semifinals by 1st seed Anabel Medina Garrigues 6-4, 7-6(3). Competing at the first edition of the Nürnberger Versicherungscup, Hercog upset 2nd seed Klára Zakopalová in the first round 6-3, 4-6, 6-1. In the second round, she beat Julia Cohen 6-3, 6-3.[53] In the quarterfinals, Hercog was defeated by 5th seed Lucie Šafářová 7-6(5), 3-6, 6-4.[54]

Seeded 4th for qualifying at the Wimbledon Championships, Hercog lost in the second round of qualifying to Petra Cetkovská 6-7(4), 3-6.

At the Internazionali Femminili di Palermo she was defeated in the second round by 2nd seed Roberta Vinci 6-2, 7-6(3).[55] Hercog won the ITS Cup as the top seed beating Katarzyna Piter in the final 6-0, 6-3.[56] Seeded 6th at the Baku Cup, Hercog lost in the first round to Galina Voskoboeva 6-7(7), 6-4, 3-6.[57]

Hercog qualified for the Western & Southern Open defeating 9th seed Lourdes Domínguez Lino in the final round of qualifying 7-6(3), 6-0. In the first round, she beat world No. 19, Dominika Cibulková, 6-2, 6-4.[58] In the second round, Hercog lost to 6th seed Sara Errani 4-6, 7-5, 4-6.[59] At the US Open, Hercog was defeated in the first round by 24th seed Ekaterina Makarova 6-2, 6-4.[60]

At the Challenge Bell, she stunned 1st seed and defending champion Kirsten Flipkens in the first round 6-3, 6-1.[61] In the second round, she beat qualifier Julie Coin 6-0, 6-2.[62] In the quarterfinals, Hercog lost to Christina McHale 6-1, 6-7(4), 3-6.[63] Hercog qualified for the Toray Pan Pacific Open beating 9th seed Tsvetana Pironkova in the final round of qualifying 6-4, 6-2. In the first round, she was defeated by world No. 35, Lucie Šafářová, 6-4, 6-7(6), 7-6(2).[64] Successfully qualifying for the China Open, Hercog beat Monica Puig in the first round 6-1, 6-4.[65] In the second round, Hercog upset 14th seed and former world No. 1, Ana Ivanovic, 6-4, 6-4.[66] In the third round, she lost to 3rd seed Agnieszka Radwańska 6-0, 6-2.[67] Her final tournament of the year was the HP Open. In the first round, she beat Petra Cetkovská 6-4, 5-7, 6-1,[68] and received a walkover in the second round since her opponent, 2nd seed Sabine Lisicki withdrew due to a hip injury. In the quarterfinals, Hercog was defeated by Japanese wildcard Kurumi Nara 7-6(4), 2-6, 6-1.[69]

She ended the year ranked No. 66.

2014[edit]

Hercog at the 2014 Wimbledon Championships

Hercog began her season at the Australian Open. In the first round, she was up against 25th seed Alizé Cornet. Hercog retired trailing 1-0 due to a shoulder injury.[70]

Hercog made her comeback during the clay court season at the Grand Prix SAR La Princesse Lalla Meryem. In the first round, she upset Zhang Shuai 6-2, 6-2.[71] In the second round, she defeated Alison Van Uytvanck 6-1, 6-4.[72] Hercog was then stopped in the quarterfinals by eventual champion María Teresa Torró Flor 7-6(3), 7-6(5).[73] At the Portugal Open, she beat Stefanie Vögele in the first round 2-6, 6-2, 6-4.[74] In the second round, she upset 6th seed Lucie Šafářová 6-3, 4-6, 6-2.[75] Hercog lost in the quarterfinals to 1st seed and eventual champion, Carla Suárez Navarro, 1-6, 3-6.[76] Seeded 6th for qualifying at the Internazionali BNL d'Italia, Hercog lost in the first round of qualifying to Belinda Bencic 6-7(5), 6-3, 6-4. Her final tournament before the French Open was the Nürnberger Versicherungscup. In the first round, she upset 3rd seed Klára Koukalová 1-6, 6-2, 6-1.[77] In the second round, Hercog lost to Karin Knapp 3–6, 3-6. At the French Open, she defeated Jana Čepelová in the first round 6-2, 6-3.[78] In the second round, Hercog was defeated by 15th seed Sloane Stephens 6-1, 6-3.[79]

Hercog played only one grass court tournament before Wimbledon. She lost in the first round at the Topshelf Open to 6th seed Kirsten Flipkens 4-6, 0-6. At Wimbledon, she won her first round match over Paula Ormaechea 6-4, 6-4.[80] In the second round, she was defeated by 23rd seed Lucie Šafářová 7-6(7), 7-5.[81]

After Wimbledon, Hercog competed at the first edition of the BRD Bucharest Open. Seeded 8th in the draw, she defeated Anna Tatishvili in the first round 6-4, 6-3.[82] In the second round, she beat Katarzyna Piter 6-2, 5-7, 7-6(4). In the quarterfinals, Hercog lost to Romanian Monica Niculescu 2-6, 6-2, 6-7(3).[83] Seeded 8th at the Swedish Open, she lost in the first round to Dinah Pfizenmaier 5-7, 6-7(5).[84]

Hercog began the US Open series at the Citi Open. She lost in the first round to 6th seed and eventual champion Svetlana Kuznetsova 3-6, 2-6.[85] Seeded 20th for qualifying at the Western & Southern Open, Hercog qualified for the main draw beating Paula Ormaechea 6-2, 3-6, 6-3 and Julia Glushko 6-3, 6-1. In the first round, she was defeated by Kirsten Flipkens 6-3, 6-2.[86] At the Connecticut Open, her final tournament before the US Open, Hercog lost in the second round of qualifying to Karin Knapp 2–6, 1-6. Ranked 76 at the US Open, she defeated world No. 35, Elina Svitolina, in the first round 6-2, 7-6(4).[87] In the second round, she lost to 17th seed Ekaterina Makarova 1-6, 2-6.[88]

After the US Open, Hercog played at the first edition of the Hong Kong Tennis Open. She lost in the first round to 3rd seed and eventual finalist, Karolína Plíšková, 6-2, 4-6, 3-6.[89] At the Korea Open, Hercog was defeated in the first round by 1st seed and defending champion Agnieszka Radwańska 6-3, 6-3.[90] Seeded 18th for qualifying at the first edition of the Wuhan Open, she lost in the first round of qualifying to Nicole Gibbs 6-3, 3-6, 2-6. Seeded 11th for qualifying at the China Open, Hercog qualified by defeating Yulia Putintseva 7-6(4), 5-7, 6-4 and 7th seed Monica Puig 6-3, 6-1. In the first round, she beat world No. 29, Karolína Plíšková, 6-4, 2-6, 6-2.[91] In the second round, Hercog lost to 12th seed Ekaterina Makarova 7-5, 6-0.[92] Seeded 2nd for qualifying at the Generali Ladies Linz, she lost in the first round of qualifying to Lucie Hradecká 3-6, 6-4, 6-7(9). Her final tournament of the year was at the BGL Luxembourg Open. She won her first-round match over Marina Erakovic 6-3, 6-4. Then Hercog was defeated by qualifier Johanna Larsson 6-7(8), 7-5, 6-1.

She ended the year ranked No. 95.

2015[edit]

Hercog at the 2015 Aegon International, Eastbourne

Hercog began the year at the Shenzhen Open. In the first round, she upset 7th seed Monica Niculescu 6-1, 7-5.[93] In the second round, Hercog lost to world No. 97, Zheng Saisai, 3-6, 6-2, 2-6.[94] After Shenzhen, she qualified for the Apia International Sydney defeating Tímea Babos in the final round of qualifying 3-6, 7-6(5), 6-2. In the first round, she lost to world No. 22 and eventual finalist, Karolína Plíšková, 4-6, 4-6.[95] Ranked 88 at the Australian Open, she defeated world No. 103 Wang Qiang in the first round 3-6, 6-3, 6-2. In the second round, Hercog lost to qualifier Lucie Hradecká 6-4, 3-6, 2-6.[96]

Seeded 7th at the Rio Open, she won her first round match against An-Sophie Mestach 6-3, 6-4.[97] In the second round, Hercog was defeated by Brazilian wildcard Beatriz Haddad Maia 6-1, 6-2.[98] At the Abierto Mexicano Telcel, Hercog lost in the first round to third seed and eventual finalist Caroline Garcia 4-6, 1-6.[99] Staying in Mexico, Hercog competed at the Monterrey Open. In the first round, she beat Mexican wildcard Ana Sofía Sánchez 6-2, 6-3.[100] In the second round, Hercog lost a tough match to 8th seed Magdaléna Rybáriková 5-7, 6-3, 6-7(9). Hercog held four match points in the third set tie-break at 6-5, 7-6, 8-7 and 9-8, but she eventually lost.[101] As the top seed in qualifying at the BNP Paribas Open, Hercog qualified for the main draw beating 13th seed An-Sophie Mestach in the final round of qualifying 6-4, 6-2.[102] In the first round, she easily beat Vera Zvonareva 6-1, 6-1.[103] In the second round, Hercog lost to 25th seed Caroline Garcia 4-6, 7-6(5), 4-6.[104] At the Miami Open, Hercog was defeated in the first round by world No. 58 Anna Karolína Schmiedlová 6-3, 6-2.[105] At the Katowice Open, she defeated in the first round world No. 103, Misaki Doi, 6-0, 3-6, 6-2. In the second round, she lost to 2nd seed and defending champion Alizé Cornet 6-4, 1-6, 3-6.

Hercog began her clay court season at the J&T Banka Prague Open. In the first round, she defeated Heather Watson 7-5, 3-6, 7-6(5).[106] In the second round, Hercog lost to Kateřina Siniaková 1-6, 4-6.[107] Seeded 10th for qualifying at the Mutua Madrid Open, Hercog lost in the first round of qualifying to Olga Govortsova 4-6, 3-6. Seeded 6th for qualifying at the Internazionali BNL d'Italia, Hercog lost in the first round of qualifying to Misaki Doi 7-6(2), 4-6, 4-6. She played her final tournament before the French Open at the Nürnberger Versicherungscup and lost in the first round to 7th seed Kurumi Nara 5-7, 7-5, 2-6.[108] At the French Open, Hercog faced 24th seed Peng Shuai in the first round. She led 6-0, 2-0 before Shuai retired due to a back injury.[109] In the second round, she lost to world No. 82, Elena Vesnina, 6-2, 1-6, 3-6.[110]

Hercog played only one grass court warm up tournament before Wimbledon. She qualified for the Aegon International defeating 4th seed Mirjana Lučić-Baroni 6-7(3), 7-5, 7-5 and Aleksandra Krunić 6-2, 6-0. In the first round, she beat world No. 36 Madison Brengle 7-5, 6-4,[111] before she was defeated by 14th seed Garbiñe Muguruza 5-7, 6-3, 6-0.[112] At the Wimbledon Championships, Hercog lost in the first round to Lauren Davis 4-6, 6-7(3).[113]

In the first round at the BRD Bucharest Open, she upset 6th seed Tereza Smitková 6-2, 7-5.[114] In the second round, she beat wildcard Patricia Maria Țig 6-0, 6-2.[115] In the quarterfinals, Hercog defeated Aleksandra Krunić 6-3, 6-3 to reach her first WTA semifinal since 2012,[116] where she lost to 7th seed and eventual champion Anna Karolína Schmiedlová 4-6, 3-6.[117] At the Gastein Ladies, she defeated Tímea Babos in the first round 6-4, 6-2.[118] In the second round, she upset 5th seed Lucie Hradecká 6-3, 6-2.[119] In the quarterfinals, Hercog lost to 3rd seed and eventual finalist Karin Knapp 6–7(5), 5-7.[120]

She began her US Open Serie at the Citi Open. In the first round, she beat qualifier Julia Glushko 6-2, 7-5, in the 2nd, she was defeated by 6th seed Irina-Camelia Begu 3-6, 7-5, 6-4.[121] Seeded 14th for qualifying at the Rogers Cup, Hercog qualified for the main draw defeating Tereza Smitková in the final round of qualifying 6-2, 6-4. In the first round, she beat Alison Van Uytvanck 6-4, 1-6, 6-3.[122] In the second round, she upset 11th seed Ekaterina Makarova 6-2, 6-7(2), 7-5.[123] In the third round, she lost to 5th seed Ana Ivanovic 2-6, 3-6.[124] Seeded 18th for qualifying at the Western & Southern Open, Hercog lost in the final round of qualifying to 11th seed Christina McHale 6-7(9), 6-2, 4-6. Seeded 15th for qualifying at the Connecticut Open, she successfully qualified for the main draw beating 14th seed Annika Beck in the final round of qualifying 6-3, 6-1. Hercog then was defeated by 5th seed Karolína Plíšková 2-6, 7-6(5), 6-2.[125] At the US Open, she defeated world No. 35, Zarina Diyas, in the first round 6-2, 7-5.[126] before she lost to 25th seed Eugenie Bouchard 3-6, 7-6(2), 3-6.[127]

Seeded 8th at the Japan Women's Open, she lost in the first round to world No. 113, Hsieh Su-wei, 1-6, 7-5, 5-7.[128] At the Korea Open, she beat Lauren Davis in the first round 6-1, 6-3.[129] In the second round, Hercog lost to top seed and eventual champion Irina-Camelia Begu 2-6, 7-6(6), 2-6.[130] Hercog played her final tournament of the year at the Tashkent Open. Seeded 3rd, she lost in the first round to world No. 102, Aliaksandra Sasnovich, 6-4, 3-6, 3-6.[131]

Hercog ended the year ranked No. 71.

2016[edit]

Hercog at the 2016 Wimbledon Championships

Hercog began the year at the ASB Classic. In the first round, she lost to 5th seed and eventual champion Sloane Stephens 3-6, 3-6.[132] Seeded 7th for qualifying at the Apia International Sydney, Hercog lost in the final round of qualifying to Monica Puig 6-2, 1-6, 1-6. However, she was awarded a lucky loser spot into the main draw. In the first round, Hercog lost to world No. 32, Sabine Lisicki, 4-6, 3-6.[133] At the Australian Open, she lost in the first round to 19th seed Jelena Janković 3-6, 3-6.[134]

Seeded 5th at the Rio Open, Hercog got her first WTA win of the year defeating qualifier Jennifer Brady in the first round 6-4, 6-2.[135] In the second round, she lost to wildcard Sorana Cîrstea 5-7, 6-7(3).[136] At the Abierto Mexicano Telcel, Hercog was beaten in the first round by top seed Victoria Azarenka 4-6, 6-3, 6-1.[137] At the Monterrey Open, she upset 8th seed Tímea Babos in the first round 6-3, 6-2.[138] In the second round, she was defeated by eventual champion Heather Watson 6-2, 6-3.[139] At the BNP Paribas Open, Hercog lost in the first round to world No. 47, Yanina Wickmayer, 6-0, 4-6, 4-6.[140] She then lost in the first round of qualifying at the Miami Open to wildcard Fanny Stollar 3-6, 0-3 ret.[141]

Hercog began her clay court season at the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix. Seeded 7th in qualifying, she lost in the final round of qualifying to 3rd seed and German Laura Siegemund 4-6, 3-6.[142] At the Grand Prix SAR La Princesse Lalla Meryem, Hercog was defeated in the first round by 5th seed and last year finalist Tímea Babos 6-3, 6-7(8), 6-1.[143] At the Mutua Madrid Open, she lost in the first round of qualifying to 9th seed Madison Brengle 4-6, 4-6. At the Internazionali BNL d'Italia, Hercog was defeated in the first round of qualifying to 4th seed Julia Görges 6-4, 6-3. Her final tournament before the French Open was the Nürnberger Versicherungscup. In the first round, she beat qualifier Stephanie Vogt 7-5, 7-6(4).[144] In the second round, Hercog lost to 4th seed Lesia Tsurenko 5-7, 6-4, 6-2. Ranked 94 at the French Open, she beat Lourdes Domínguez Lino in the first round 6-4, 7-6(4).[145] In the second round, she was defeated by 30th seed Barbora Strýcová 6-4, 6-4.[146] After the French Open, Hercog competed at the Bol Open. Seeded 7th, Hercog reached the final where she lost to Mandy Minella 2-6, 3-6.[147] Nevertheless, her ranking improved from 94 to 84.

Hercog began her grass court season at the Ricoh Open. She retired trailing 6-4, 4-0 in her first round match against Varvara Lepchenko.[148] Although Hercog qualified for the Aegon International Eastbourne, she lost in the first round to world No. 49, Misaki Doi, 4-6, 4-6.[149] At the Wimbledon Championships, Hercog was defeated in the first round by world No. 61, Alizé Cornet, 6-3, 6-0.[150]

At the Bucharest Open, she defeated Sesil Karatantcheva in the first round 6-1, 2-6, 6-2.[151] In the second round, Hercog upset 5th seed Monica Niculescu 6-4, 6-3.[152] In the quarterfinals, she lost to 4th seed Laura Siegemund 2-6, 1-6.[153] At the Swedish Open, Hercog was defeated in the first round by Julia Görges 6-7(7), 6-3, 6-4.[154]

Representing Slovenia at the Rio Olympics, she lost in the first round to world No. 34 and eventual gold medalist, Monica Puig, 3-6, 2-6.[155]

At the US Open, Hercog faced 2nd seed Angelique Kerber in the first round. She retired trailing 6-0, 1-0 due to illness.[156]

Due to not playing for the rest of the year, Hercog ended the year ranked No. 139.

2017[edit]

Polona Hercog escorted from match at Wimbledon

She returned to the WTA Tour for her first tournament since the 2016 US Open at the French Open.[157] Hercog beat French wildcard Harmony Tan in the first round of qualifying 3-6, 6-4, 6-4.[158] However, in the second round of qualifying, she lost to Zarina Diyas 0-6, 3-6.[159] At a 25k tournament in Grado, Italy, she lost in the first round to Diāna Marcinkēviča 2-6, 5-7. Seeded 7th at the Internazionali Femminili di Brescia, she won the title defeating Ganna Poznikhirenko in the final 6-2, 7-5.[160]

WTA career finals[edit]

Singles: 5 (2 titles, 3 runner-ups)[edit]

Winner
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 (2–3)
Finals by Surface
Hard (0–0)
Grass (0–0)
Clay (2–3)
Carpet (0–0)
Result W–L Date Tournament Tier Surface Opponent Score
Loss 0–1 Feb 2010 Mexican Open, Mexico International Clay United States Venus Williams 6–2, 2–6, 3–6
Win 1–1 Jul 2011 Swedish Open, Sweden International Clay Sweden Johanna Larsson 6–4, 7–5
Loss 1–2 Jul 2011 Palermo International, Italy International Clay Spain Anabel Medina Garrigues 3–6, 2–6
Win 2–2 Jul 2012 Swedish Open, Sweden (2) International Clay France Mathilde Johansson 0–6, 6–4, 7–5
Loss 2–3 Apr 2018 İstanbul Cup, Turkey International Clay France Pauline Parmentier 4–6, 6–3, 3–6

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

Winner
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)
Result W–L Date Tournament Tier Surface Partner Opponents Score
Loss 0–1 May 2008 İstanbul Cup, Turkey Tier III Clay New Zealand Marina Erakovic United States Jill Craybas
Belarus Olga Govortsova
1–6, 2–6
Win 1–1 Feb 2010 Mexican Open, Mexico International Clay Czech Republic Barbora Strýcová Italy Sara Errani
Italy Roberta Vinci
2–6, 6–1, [10–2]
Win 2–1 Sep 2010 Korea Open, South Korea International Hard Germany Julia Görges South Africa Natalie Grandin
Czech Republic Vladimíra Uhlířová
6–3, 6–4

WTA 125K series finals[edit]

Singles (1 runner–up)[edit]

Result W–L Date Tournament Tier Surface Opponent Score
Loss 0–1 Jun 2016 Bol Open, Croatia 125K Clay Luxembourg Mandy Minella 2–6, 3–6

ITF Circuit finals[edit]

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

Singles: 18 (17–1)[edit]

Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent Score
Winner 1. 19 August 2007 Pesaro, Italy Clay Liechtenstein Stephanie Vogt 6–2, 2–6, 6–1
Winner 2. 26 August 2007 Maribor, Slovenia Clay Czech Republic Tereza Hladíková 4–6, 6–1, 4–1 ret.
Winner 3. 10 February 2008 Mallorca, Spain Clay Spain Inés Ferrer Suárez 6–3, 6–1
Winner 4. 17 February 2008 Mallorca, 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. 19 April 2009 Civitavecchia, Italy Clay Germany Andrea Petkovic 6–2, 6–4
Winner 6. 10 May 2009 Zagreb, Croatia Clay Slovenia Maša Zec Peškirič 7–5, 6–2
Winner 7. 14 June 2009 Zlín, Czech Republic Clay Slovakia Zuzana Kučová 6–3, 6–1
Winner 8. 5 July 2009 Cuneo, Italy Clay United States Varvara Lepchenko 6–1, 6–2
Winner 9. 14 February 2010 Cali, Colombia Clay Colombia Mariana Duque-Marino 6–4, 5–7, 6–2
Winner 10. 2 June 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
Winner 12. 11 June 2017 Brescia, Italy Clay Ukraine Ganna Poznikhirenko 6–2, 7–5
Winner 13. 9 September 2017 Balatonboglár, Hungary Clay Hungary Gréta Arn 6–1, 6–2
Winner 14. 24 September 2017 Saint-Malo, France Clay Latvia Diāna Marcinkēviča 6–3, 6–3
Winner 15. 15 October 2017 Pula, Italy Clay Russia Valentyna Ivakhnenko 6–1, 6–0
Winner 16. 22 October 2017 Pula, Italy Clay Mexico Renata Zarazúa 6–4, 6–1
Winner 17. 5 November 2017 Pula, Italy Clay Romania Cristina Dinu 6–1, 6–4

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 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 Martić Italy Tathiana Garbin
Switzerland Timea Bacsinszky
2–6, 6–7
Winner 5. 8 February 2010 Cali Clay Romania Edina Gallovits Spain Estrella Cabeza Candela
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 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 Majerič 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 Loss 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 Loss 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 Loss 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 Loss
Katarina Srebotnik Anna-Lena Grönefeld
Tatjana Malek
6–7(3–7), 0–0 ret. Loss
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 Loss 0–5
Ayumi Morita 6–3, 6–7(6–8), 1–6 Loss

Performance timelines[edit]

Key
W  F  SF QF #R RR Q# A P Z# PO G F-S SF-B NMS NH
(W) Won; (F) finalist; (SF) semifinalist; (QF) quarterfinalist; (#R) rounds 4, 3, 2, 1; (RR) round-robin stage; (Q#) qualification round; (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 medal; a (NMS) downgraded Masters Series/1000 tournament; (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 and Olympic Games are included in Win–Loss records.

Singles[edit]

This table is current through the 2017 Wimbledon Championships

Tournament 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 SR W–L Win %
Grand Slam tournaments
Australian Open A A A 2R 1R 1R 1R 1R 2R 1R A 0 / 7 2–7 22%
French Open A A 2R 3R 2R 1R Q2 2R 2R 2R Q2 0 / 7 7–7 50%
Wimbledon A A Q2 1R 2R 1R Q2 2R 1R 1R 3R 0 / 7 4–7 36%
US Open A Q1 1R 1R 2R 1R 1R 2R 2R 1R Q2 0 / 8 3–8 27%
Win–Loss 0–0 0–0 1–2 3–4 3–4 0–4 0–2 3–4 3–4 1–4 2–1 0 / 29 16–29 36%
National representation
Summer Olympics NH A Not Held 1R Not Held 1R NH 0 / 2 0–2 0%
WTA Premier Mandatory tournaments
Indian Wells Masters A A A 2R 1R 1R A A 2R 1R A 0 / 5 2–5 29%
Miami Open A A A 3R 1R 2R A A 1R Q1 A 0 / 4 3–4 43%
Madrid Open Not Held A 1R Q1 1R A A Q1 Q1 A 0 / 2 0–2 0%
China Open Not Tier I A 2R 2R 3R 3R 2R A A 0 / 5 7–5 58%
WTA Premier 5 tournaments
Dubai Championships Not Tier I A A A Not Premier 5 A NP5 A 0 / 0 0–0  – 
Qatar Open NTI A Not Held NP5 1R A A NP5 A NP5 0 / 1 0–1 0%
Italian Open A A A 2R 3R A A Q1 Q1 Q1 A 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 A 0 / 0 0–0  – 
Career statistics
Tournaments played 1 2 8 24 26 22 10 16 23 17 1 150
Titles 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 2
Finals 0 0 0 1 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 4
Overall Win–Loss 0–1 0–2 6–8 22–24 27–25 14–21 9–10 12–16 19–23 6–17 2–1 2 / 150 117–148 44.15%
Win % 0% 0% 43% 48% 52% 40% 47% 43% 45% 26% 67% 44.15%
Year-end ranking 345 243 71 48 36 80 66 95 71 139 $2,318,197

Doubles[edit]

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.

Tournament 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 SR W–L Win %
Grand Slam tournaments
Australian Open A A A 1R 1R 3R 1R A A 1R 0 / 5 2–5 29%
French Open A A A 1R 1R 1R A 1R A A 0 / 4 0–4 0%
Wimbledon A A A 1R A A A A A 1R 0 / 2 0–2 0%
US Open A A 1R 3R 2R 1R 3R A 1R A 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 0–2 0 / 17 7–17 29%
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  – 
Career statistics
2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 SR W–L Win %
Tournaments played 1 2 7 16 16 4 4 1 1 52
Titles 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 2
Finals 0 1 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 3
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%
Win % 50% 60% 42% 53% 38% 33% 63% 0% 0% 46.07%
Year-end ranking 374 173 115 59 93 220 164 1103 1131 905

Team[edit]

Levels of Fed Cup in which Slovenia did not compete in a particular year are marked "Not Participating" or "NP".

Tournament 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 W–L
Fed Cup
World Group II Not Participating 1R 1R Not Participating 1–4
World Group II Play-offs Not Participating W W A Not Participating 4–1
Europe/Africa Zone Group I 7th 9th A 1st NP A A Not Participating 5–3
Europe/Africa Zone Group II Not Participating 3rd NP A NP 2–1
Win–Loss 1–1 1–1 0–0 4–2 4–2 0–2 0–0 0–0 2–1 0–0 0–0 0–0 12–9

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