Jodie Burrage in the first round of the 2023 US Open, New York
Jodie Burrage in the first round of the 2023 US Open, New York | (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)

Tennis | WTA Linz 2024 | Jodie Burrage comes through qualifying to make her main draw for the first time

By Ros Satar

  • Jodie Burrage v Varvara Gracheva
  • H2H: First meeting
LINZ, AUSTRIA – Jodie Burrage qualified for the main draw in Linz for the first time and will face Varvara Gracheva in the first round.


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Jodie Burrage v Varvara Gracheva | H2H: First meeting

Jodie Burrage v Varvara Gracheva H2H: First Meeting
WTA Linz Austria
Hard (I) Prize Money: €8542
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Jodie Burrage had to come from behind in her final qualifying round to finally make the main draw on her second visit to Linz. She faces seventh seed Varvara Gracheva.


Tale of the Tape – Key Stats (2024)

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H2H: Jodie Burrage (WR 102) Varvara Gracheva (WR 46)
Tournament Previous Best Qualification (2020) R16 (2020, 2023)
1st Serve Return Points Won % 34.0 35.7
Return Points Won % 42.7 41.6
Break Point Conversion % 41.0 46.9
Break Points Saved % 53.1 50.9
Overall Service Points Won % 60.4 56.0

Burrage has been a little stronger this year on overall percentage of return points won and saving break points, and actually has proved stronger overall on her serve.



Playing Styles & Prediction

Gracheva’s start to the year was stronger, reaching the quarter-final in Auckland but she has struggled with her form over the last year. For Burrage, it was a slow start to the year, but she has advanced further than her first visit to Linz four years ago.

Her 2023 saw her winning nine main draw wins and she reached the Top 100 but has slipped slightly. The Brit will be looking for a second Top 50 win.

Gracheva has powerful groundstrokes, with a capable backhand and an aggressive forehand, so she will look to impose her game on the Brit. Burrage has a decent backhand down the line and is consistent from the baseline, but she might need more as Gracheva is perfectly capable of hitting through her.

Prediction: Gracheva in two sets.


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