Emma Raducanu in the quarter-final in the 2021 US Open in New York
Emma Raducanu in the quarter-final in the 2021 US Open in New York | (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

Tennis | WTA Cluj-Napoca 2021 | Emma Raducanu takes on Polona Hercog in her opening round

  • Emma Raducanu v Polona Hercog
  • H2H: First Meeting
CLUJ-NAPOCA, ROMANIA – Emma Raducanu searches for her first win since her marathon run to the US Open title.


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Emma Raducanu v Polona Hercog | H2H: First Meeting

After coming back down to earth in her Indian Wells opener, Emma Raducanu returns to her father’s country of Romania, and faces Polona Hercog in the first round.


H2H & Match Fundamentals

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Tale of the Tape – Key Stats (2021 – Hard)

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H2H: Emma Raducanu (WR 23) Polona Hercog (WR 124)
Tournament Previous Best Inaugural Edition Inaugural Edition
1st Serve Return Points Won % 57.4 49.8
Return Points Won % 49.1 37.0
Break Point Conversion % 40.2 35.5
Break Points Saved % 60.8 50.6
Total Points Won % 54.8 46.9


Neither has played indoors yet, but looking at their outdoor hard court starts, Raducanu’s run in New York gives her some weight here, with Hercog only won one main draw match since the third round of the French Open. She did, however, drop down to an ITF event after she too went out of Indian Wells in her opener, so has a little more matches in her legs.


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Playing Styles & Prediction

This will be a test for Raducanu, with some added pressure being on her father’s home soil, and the weight of expectation. She was fairly pragmatic after her loss in Indian Wells and will be working with Johanna Konta’s former coach Esteban Carril on a trial basis.

She has the firepower to overcome Hercog, but she will be up against a tour veteran who may just be a little match-sharper at the moment, after Raducanu withdraw from the Kremlin Cup in Moscow last week.

On paper she should have the power to take this on, but her rustiness might see her having to scrap for it.

Prediction: Raducanu in three sets.


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