Polish teenager Iga Swiatek takes on Slovenian veteran Polona Hercog in the final of the Samsung Open.
WTA Staff
April 13, 2019

ORDER OF PLAY

CENTRE COURT start 11:30 am
Iga SWIATEK (POL) vs Polona HERCOG (SLO)
[1] Veronika KUDERMETOVA (RUS) / Galina VOSKOBOEVA (KAZ) vs [3] Sorana CIRSTEA (ROU) / Andreea MITU (ROU)



This will be the first meeting between Iga Swiatek and Polona Hercog.

It’s 17-year-old Swiatek’s first WTA-level final in just her third main draw. Previous best results include a main draw win at the 2019 Australian Open and a second round finish in Budapest - both from qualifying. Swiatek is yet to lose a professional final, having won the trophy in all seven ITF World Tour finals she has contested.

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Last year's junior Wimbledon champion, Swiatek’s results in Lugano make her the new Polish No.1, and she is set to make her Top 100 debut on Monday. A win today would seal the first title for Poland since Agnieszka Radwanska's final trophy at Beijing in 2016. This time last year, Swiatek was ranked World No.692 and on her way to winning her first ITF W25 title in Pelham as a qualifier - a title run that saw her drop just 21 games in eight matches.

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Meanwhile, Hercog is aiming to claim her third career WTA singles title. The Slovenian won back-to-back titles on the clay courts of Bastad in 2011 and 2012. It is Hercog's sixth final overall, and her first since Istanbul last April.

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