Polona Hercog wins Bastad tournament for a second time

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After a season dogged mostly by first and second round losses which saw her drop to number 86 in the WTA singles rankings, defending champion Polona Hercog of Slovenia won her first WTA title of 2012 today when she beat Mathilde Johansson of France, ranked 83, 0-6 6-4 7-5 in two hours and fifteen minutes to keep hold of the title which she won here in 2011. The match saw Johansson come out of the blocks firing on all cylinders to take the first set to love, but Hercog clawed her way back in the second and third sets, with Hercog managing to improve her first serve statistics and begin converting her break point chances. The third set saw her first two aces of the match. Johansson served a total of 16 double faults, while Hercog only served one in the first set.

The Colombian pairing of Catalina Castano and Mariana Duque-Marino prevailed in a tight and hard fought doubles final against Mervana Jugic-Salkic of Bosnia Herzegovina and Eva Hrdinova of the Czech Republic, which lasted an hour and a half. The score was 4-6 7-5 10-5.

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