Polona Hercog is a female Slovenian professional tennis player born on January 20, 1991 in Maribor. At the young age of 4, she started playing tennis and moved to Italy to for intensive training at 14 years old. Hercog plays right-handed with a two-handed backhand and favors the clay surface.
She started playing professionally in 2006 and played her first WTA qualifying match at Portoroz. By next season, she was winning singles and doubles titles on the ITF. Hercog played in the US open and continued to win titles in the ITF circuit in 2008.
In 2009, she reached the quarterfinals at Fes and debuted in the top 100 world rankings at number 89. 2010 marked her first ever top 50 season as she debuted at world rank number 48 on June 7 of the same year. She won a WTA title at Bastad and stayed in the top 50 in 2011.
While she earned one WTA title at Bastad again in 2012, she failed to remain in the top 100 world rankings. Due to a right wrist injury, Hercog was forced to miss several matches in the 2013 season. In 2014, other injuries—this time, a right shoulder injury and right rib injury—forced her to miss tournaments for a couple of months.
Upon her return she was able to finish the 2015 season with a world ranking of number 71. She reached the quarterfinals in Bucharest and was part of the national team in the 2016 Olympics. Hercog missed the first few months of the 2017 season due to multiple injuries. She returned for her eight top 100 season in 2018.
Since turning pro, Hercog has a career record of 402 victories and 264 losses. She also won 3 WTA and 14 ITF career titles in singles. In doubles, she has a career record of 76 victories and 74 losses. The highest rank she achieved was at No. 35, which she attained on September 12, 2011. Currently, she is ranked at No. 50 as of July 15, 2019. Hercog still has to win a Grand Slam tournament but has already made appearances at the four Grand Slam events.
Player Statistics:• 402–264 (60.4%) career record – singles• 3 Women’s Tennis Association career titles - singles• 14 International Tennis Federation career titles – singles• 76–74 (50.7%) career record - doubles• 2 Women’s Tennis Association career titles - doubles• 5 International Tennis Federation career titles – doubles