POLONA POWERS INTO THE FINAL

The Slovene player Polona Hercog became eighth woman in the event history to make both singles and doubles final after defeating Greek dynamo Maria Sakkari in semi final.

First semi final of TEB BNP Paribas Istanbul Cup was determined in a straight set match. Slovenian powergirl Polona Hercog secured sixth singles final by outlasting Maria Sakkari, 6-4 and 6-2. The 27 year-old from Maribor secured a berth in her second Istanbul Cup final, first one came at the doubles in 2008, became eighth player to had both singles and doubles final berth in the past.

Started with comfortable break at the very beginning of the match, Hercog maintained the lead securely until end, thanks to her non-breakable serves. She had 75 percent first serves and 50 percent second serve wins in the match, included four break points saved. She produced 17 winners which seven more from the opponent, also went strong on defence skills against Sakkari’s quick responses.

Polona Hercog has reached sixth WTA-level singles final in career, last title came in 2012 Bastad tournament in Sweden. She has 2-3 final record in singles.

At the press conference, she primarily pointed to her serve for the victory. “I was good in serve today, especially on the break points. I think didn’t lost any of them”, she said. Hercog also said she changed mentally during this season and “focusing 100 percent in every moment” is her new motto.