Simona Halep meets in her first match to resume the WTA circuit Polona Hercog, a player she defeated twice last year on hard and grass
The 28-year-old Romanian is the main favorite at the tournament in the Czech capital, and on Saturday she found out her first opponent since the resumption of WTA competitions.
Simona Halep, 2 WTA, will meet Polona Hercog, 29 years old and 45 WTA, from Slovenia.
The two players have dueled three times so far: in 2009, in a 100.0000 tournament, when Polona won and in 2019 in Miami and Eastbourne, when Simona won.
The match in Florida, which had three sets, is a special one for the Slovenian, even if she lost it 5-7, 7-6 (1), 6-2.
“I think I played very well then and it gave me a lot of confidence.
It was a disappointment, but to be able to play like that in front of a player who was constantly in the Top 10 and world leader, encouraged me.
The fact that I was able to put her in difficult situations and be close to winning gave me confidence “, said the Slovenian in April 2019, after winning the tournament in Lugano. She has three WTA trophies and the highest in her career up to the 35th WTA position.
Possible “tricolor” duel
If he passes Hercog, Halep will meet the winner of the Țig-Krejcikova match.
Two Romanian women have access to the main picture in Prague: Irina Begu and Ana Bogdan. Țig and Begu also played in Palermo, but lost in the first round, while for Bogdan it is the first competition, after the five-month break caused by the new coronavirus.
Simona Halep played the last matches in February, in Dubai, a tournament she won.
Prior to this competition, she had played in Adelaide, where she reached the quarterfinals and the Australian Open, where she made her way to the semifinals.
The opponents of the Romanians in Prague
▪️Simona Halep (2 WTA) -Polona Hercog (Slovenia, 45 WTA)
▪️Patricia Țig (85 WTA) -Barbora Krejcikova (Czech Republic, WC, 115 WTA)
▪️Irina Begu (81 WTA) -Dayana Yastremska (Ukraine, 25 WTA)
▪️Ana Bogdan (92 WTA) – qualifying player