13 Oct 2017

Spotlight On... Polona Hercog - September 2017


By Nick Fishpool

Photo: Zsolt PapPolona Hercog (SLO) and Greta Arn (HUN)

September 2017


Polona Hercog
(20 January 1991)

Played: 4 tournaments (2 singles titles)

Won: 32 Sets              Lost: 7 Sets
Won: 221 Games                Lost: 118 Games 


A trip to Hungary at the start of September saw the former World Number 35 end a run of four years without a title win as she powered through the rounds at a $25,000 tournament in Balatonboglar. Aside from a second set blip in her quarterfinal win, the 26-year-old Slovenian had little trouble all week and secured the title with a 61 62 defeat of Hungarian qualifier Greta Arn.

A step up in prize money status to $80,000 followed in France, where, in Biarritz, she lost a close three set match to Swiss eighth seed Jil Teichmann in the quarterfinal.

Polona Hercog remained in France to contest a $60,000 event in Saint-Malo and, here, she returned to winning ways, blowing away all who opposed her.  En route to the final she won six of eight sets played 61.  Latvia’s Diana Marcinkevica put up a fight in the final but eventually succumbed 63 63.

Hercog could now boast an envious career record of having won 14 of her 15 singles finals contested on the ITF Pro Circuit since her reaching her first final back in August 2007.

The month was seen out in Santa Margherita Di Pula, Italy.  This $25,000 event saw the Slovenian Fed Cup player named top seed but her title quest came to an end in the semifinal at the hands of fellow Slovenian Tamara Zidansek, seeded fourth, who would go on to claim the title.