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Coached by Zeljko Krajan
Mother is Romana (a florist); father is Vojko (bar owner); flower shop and bar are attached to their house so work from home
Family has many pets and Polona's favorite is Roxi (Jack Russell Terrier)
Started playing tennis at age 4, favorite shot is forehand; favorite surface is clay
Initially trained in Slovenia but moved to Italy at age 14 and trained there before turning pro. Speaks Slovenian, English and Italian
Favorite movies are the Godfather trilogy; enjoys rock and pop music; adores sushi; enjoys snowboarding
Admires Justine Henin for her game, attitude and giving back to the sport
Goal is to reach Top 10
Winner (3): 2019 - Lugano; 2012 - Bastad; 2011 - Bastad.
Finalist (3): 2018 - Istanbul; 2016 - 125/Bol; 2011 - Palermo; 2010 - Acapulco.
Winner (2): 2010 - Acapulco (w/Strycova), Seoul (w/Goerges).
Finalist (1): 2008 - Istanbul (w/Erakovic).
Slovenian Fed Cup Team, 2007-08, 2010-12, 2015; Slovenian Olympic Team, 2012.
Career in Review
2019 - Ended a near-seven-year wait for a WTA title during 2019 season, winning Lugano (d. Swiatek in F); Other highlights last year were 3r runs at Roland Garros (l. Stephens), Wimbledon (l. Gauff), Eastbourne (l.
Halep) and Beijing (l. Bertens).
2018 - Eighth Top 100 season; runner-up at Istanbul (l. to Parmentier); SF at Bucharest (l. to Sevastova); QF at Auckland (l. to Goerges); reached 2r seven times; fell 1r nine times (incl. all four majors) and in qualifying twice.
2017 - Reached 3r at Wimbledon; fell 1r once and in qualifying at Wimbledon and US Open; won six singles title on ITF Circuit; missed first five months of season as she recovered from scapula stress fracture, left knee injury and right wrist injury.
2016 - QF at Bucharest (l. to Siegemund); reached 2r four times (incl. Roland Garros); fell 1r 12 times (incl. three other three majors and Olympics) and in qualifying four times.
2015 - Seventh straight Top 100 season (finishing No.71); SF at Bucharest (l. to Schmiedlova); QF at Bad Gastein; reached 3r once and 2r 12 times (incl. Australian Open, Roland Garros, US Open and Monterrey - l. to Rybarikova 75 36 76(9); held 4mp in third set tie-break at 6-5, 7-6, 8-7 and 9-8); fell 1r eight times (incl. Wimbledon) and in qualifying three times.
2014 - Another Top 100 season; played one match in first four and a half months (ret. vs. Cornet in Australian Open 1r w/right shoulder injury); withdrew from Indian Wells, Miami, Charleston and Katowice w/right rib injury; returned in mid-April and best results rest of season were three QFs at Marrakech, Oeiras and Bucharest; reached 2r six times (incl. other three majors and Luxembourg - l. to Larsson 67(8) 75 61; held 2mp at 5-3 second set); fell 1r six times and in qualifying four times.
2013 - Another Top 100 season; played one match in first four and a half months (fell 1r at Australian Open); missed rest of that time w/right wrist injury (withdrew from Auckland, Bogotá, Acapulco, Indian Wells, Charleston, Katowice and Marrakech); returned in May at No.133 but was No.66 by November 4 year-end rankings, best results being three QFs at Nürnberg, Québec City and Osaka; also reached 3r once and 2r twice; fell 1r three times (incl. US Open) and in qualifying three times (incl. other two majors); won two singles titles on ITF Circuit.
2012 - Another Top 100 season; won one WTA title at Bastad (d. Johansson in final); SF at Charleston (l. to Safarova); reached 3r once and 2r three times; fell 1r 16 times (incl. all four majors and Olympics) and in qualifying once; struggled throughout season w/back injury (retired in Brisbane 1r and withdrew from Rome, Brussels, Bad Gastein, 's-Hertogenbosch and Tashkent).
2011 - Another Top 50 season; won one WTA title at Bastad (d. Larsson in final); runner-up at Palermo (l. to Medina Garrigues in final); SF twice at Monterrey (l. to Jankovic) and Seoul (l. to Voskoboeva); QF at Barcelona; reached 3r once and 2r seven times (incl. Roland Garros, Wimbledon, US Open); fell 1r 12 times (incl. Australian Open) and in qualifying twice.
2010 - First Top 50 season; runner-up at Acapulco (l. to V.Williams in final); SF at Portoroz (l. to Chakvetadze); QF four times at Budapest, Prague, Copenhagen and Luxembourg; reached 3r twice (incl. Roland Garros) and 2r seven times (incl. Australian Open and Rome - l. to Peer 26 75 63; led 62 51 w/mp); fell 1r nine times (incl. other two majors) and in qualifying twice; made Top 50 debut on June 7 (after Roland Garros; rose from No.52 to No.48); won first two WTA doubles titles; also won one singles title and one doubles title on ITF Circuit.
2009 - First Top 100 season; QF at Fès; reached 2r four times (incl. Roland Garros); fell 1r three times (incl. US Open) and in qualifying three times (incl. Wimbledon); made Top 100 debut on July 6 (rose from No.113 to No.89); won four singles titles on ITF Circuit.
2008 - Fell 1r twice and in qualifying twice (incl. US Open); won two singles titles and three doubles titles on ITF Circuit.
2007 - Played first WTA main draw at Portoroz, falling 1r (as WC); won two singles titles and one doubles title on ITF Circuit.
2006 - Played first WTA qualifying at Portoroz (as WC); also played on ITF Circuit.