Slovenian tennis player, Polona Hercog has made it into the second round of the 2019 WTA in Lugano, Switzerland. At this stage of the tournament, Hercog will play against Sorana Cirstea from Romania.
Sorana Cirstea won her previous match in 3 sets as she beat Mona Barthel from Germany. It was a close match where Cirstea lost the opening set but fought back strongly to take the outright win. During the win, Sorana Cirstea received serve very strongly as she won 46% of her receiving points which allowed her to break her opponent’s serve on 6 occasions. Sorana Cirstea has struggled in recent times as she had not won a match at WTA level since February prior to arriving at Lugano.
On the other side of the coin, Polona Hercog also won her previous match in 3 sets as she eliminated the number 2 seed. It was an exceptional performance by Hercog as she won 79% of her service games and 4 return games to set up the victory. Hercog enters this tournament in good form as she made the fourth round of the WTA Miami Masters. Her win in the previous round and her performance at Miami should ensure that Hercog enters this match with tons of confidence.
Polona Hercog and Sorana Cirstea have played 4 times in the past. As it currently stands, Hercog has won once against Cirstea while Cirstea has beaten Hercog on 3 occasions. The most recent match between these two players was in 2018 at the WTA China Open where Polona Hercog won in 3 sets.
As far as this match is concerned, I am going to pick Polona Hercog to win this match. Hercog has been in good form leading up to this match and while Cirstea has been struggling. Hercog beat Cirstea last season and I see that happening again in this fixture.