Polona Hercog vs. Iga Swiatek
|Date & Time||Sunday April 14, 2019, 5:30 AM (EDT)|
Tennis Club Lido Lugano
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Polona Hercog and Iga Swiatek meet in the final of the 2019 tennis Samsung Open.
Polona Hercog is coming off a straight sets win over Fiona Ferro that took 22 games to decide. In the victory, Hercog won 71 percent of her first serve points and 46 percent of her second serve points. Hercog won 61 percent of her total service points and converted on all six break points. Hercog has now won each of her last eight sets and has converted 11 of her last 19 break points. It’s safe to say that Hercog is quite comfortable at the moment with where her game is at. Hercog hopes to win her first title since the 2012 Swedish Open and the third title of her career. Hercog is 2-3 in career final appearances on clay court and 2-3 in final appearances overall. Hercog has won seven of her last eight matches on clay court.
Iga Swiatek is coming off a straight sets win over Kristyna Pliskova that took 13 games to decide. In the victory, Swiatek won 83 percent of her first serve points and 46 percent of her second serve points. Swiatek won 66 percent of her total service points and converted on five of her eight break points. Swiatek won each of the first nine games of her semifinal match and saved all seven of her break points. While never on this stage before, Swiatek has been quite impressive on clay court dating back to the summer of last year. Swiatek hopes to win her first ever WTA singles title in her first ever final appearance. Swiatek has won each of her last 14 matches on clay court.
There’s no match history between these two players.
Hercog has the experience edge and has been quite impressive with her return, but it’s Swiatek who has won 14 straight matches on clay and just dominated a respectable player and terrific server in Pliskova. While you have to be worried about nerves in a match like this, I’m not trying to step in front of Swiatek and this streak.
I’ll give Swiatek the edge to win her first career singles title.