Jodie Burrage in the LTA British Tour 2020, London
Jodie Burrage in the LTA British Tour 2020, London | (Photo by Alex Davidson/Getty Images for LTA)

Tennis | WTA Linz 2024 | Jodie Burrage storms into second round to face Jaqueline Cristian

By Ros Satar

  • Jodie Burrage def. Varvara Gracheva 6-4 6-0
  • Jodie Burrage v Jaqueline Cristian
  • H2H: First meeting
LINZ, AUSTRIA – Jodie Burrage made quick work of Varvara Gracheva in her opener and reaches the second round to face lucky loser Jaqueline Cristian.


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Jodie Burrage def. Varvara Gracheva 6-4 6-0

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It was a successful main draw debut for Britain’s Jodie Burrage, as she eased into the second round with a straight sets win over Varvara Gracheva. She had to overcome a quick start after losing her first service game to the more experienced Frenchwoman but broke back immediately. She broke Gracheva again towards the end of the first set before serving out the first set to love.

With the momentum clearly on her side, Burrage broke Gracheva three times to round out a comprehensive victory.


Jodie Burrage v Jaqueline Cristian | H2H: First meeting

Jodie Burrage v Jaqueline Cristian H2H: First Meeting
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Next up for Burrage is lucky loser Jaqueline Cristian, who initially lost out in the final qualifying round.


Tale of the Tape – Key Stats (2024)

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H2H: Jodie Burrage (WR 102) Jaqueline Cristian (WR 89)
Tournament Previous Best Qualification (2020) Final (2021)
1st Serve Return Points Won % 34.0 29.9
Return Points Won % 42.7 38.5
Break Point Conversion % 41.0 44.4
Break Points Saved % 53.1 56.8
Overall Service Points Won % 60.4 53.8

Burrage has had the stronger start to the year and leads across the major stats.



Playing Styles & Prediction

After a slow start to her year in Australia, Burrage has picked up the pace with two qualifying wins and now a main draw victory, claiming the top 50 scalp of Gracheva in the process. She has been inside the Top 100 but slipped back slightly and is bidding for only her second tour=level quarter-final.

Cristian also came back from Australia struggling for form, and lost to Denmark’s Clara Tauson in the final qualifying round, but defeated Nadia Podoroska  with her main draw ticket. And the Romanian has good memories of this event, finishing as the runner-up three years ago.

Burrage will be facing another player who is solid from the baseline and has powerful groundstrokes, but she managed to cope with the same from Gracheva and will want to find her feet quickly.

Prediction: Burrage in three sets.


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