World No. 70 Leylah Annie Fernandez of Canada will take on Polona Hercog of Slovenia ranked 74th, in the first round of the 2021 Serbia Open on Monday, May 17. Get the live streaming options of this Leylah Annie Fernandez v Polona Hercog match along with its preview, head to head, and tips here.
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Leylah Annie Fernandez v Polona Hercog Head to Head
The pair have met once before in the first round of the French Open last year, Fernandez winning in three sets.
Fernandez Starts off as a Monterrey Winner
Still just 18, Fernandez won her maiden WTA event in Monterrey in March, beating the Swiss player Viktorija Golubic in the final.
Success though has been much harder to come by for the teenager since then. She failed to qualify for Miami and, in her first event of the year on clay, could only reach the second round stage in Charleston.
She had better luck playing for Canada against Serbia in their Billie Jean King Cup relegation play-off, but then she suffered two further disappointments, failing to make the main draws in both Madrid and Rome, in each case knocked out in the first round of qualifying.
Hercog is an Experienced Clay Court Performer
Hercog ha a fine record on clay – she has made the final of six Premier events on the surface, winning three of them, although it has been two years since the last of her victories, in the Lugano Open, when she beat Iga Swiatek in the final.
It is perhaps surprising that she has never been beyond the third round of the French Open.
There is little in her recent form to suggest she will fare any better in Paris this year, although she did win an ITF tournament in Portugal on clay last month.
Since then, she was beaten in the first round In Istanbul, and, having come through two rounds of qualifying, was beaten at the same stage in Madrid by Jelena Ostapenko.
It was the same story in Rome last week – Hercog made it through qualifying, but was beaten at the first round, stage, although she did at least have the satisfaction of taking Maria Sakkari, the world number 19, to three sets.
Fernandez v Hercog Prediction and Tip
Although Fernandez won their previous match, she has not been in good form since her win in Monterrey and is playing a clay court specialist. Hercog is by far the more experienced of the two layers and should be able to use that to her advantage.