Iga Świątek lost to Slovenia’s Polona Hercog 3:6 6:3 3:6 in her first senior WTA final at the Samsung Open tournament in Lugano, Switzerland, on Sunday.
It was the first senior WTA final for the 17-year-old Świątek, after she defeated Kristyna Pliskova in the semifinal on Saturday.
In the final, played on a cold and rainy Sunday, she faced Polona Hercog who is 10 years her senior. The match was interrupted due to rain in the middle of the first set, at 3:2 for Hercog. When the match recommenced after an hours break, the Slovenian player kept the upper hand and won the first set comfortably.
Świątek did not improve her performance until half-through the second set. She made many unforced errors, lacked coolness and composure. Finally, at 2:3 , Świątek won four consecutive games, breaking Hecog twice. It was a very good display from Świątek, who won the set 6:3.