Sorana Cirstea vs Yulia Putintseva Prediction and Odds: Australian Open

Sorana Cirstea and Yulia Putintseva will meet in the opening round of the 2023 Australian Open. Both are known as feisty contenders and this is expected to be a very close match. Below is a preview of the game and a few betting suggestions.

These odds from Ladbrokes were correct at the time of writing

Sorana Cirstea vs Yulia Putintseva – Match Predictions

This is expected to be one of the closest matchups in round 1, with just 5 positions separating the 2 players in the current world ranking. Now a closer look at our tennis predictions for this game:

Cirstea to Win

Cirstea achieved her best ever Australian Open run just 12 months ago when she reached round 4. She has gone past round 1 in all of her last 8 Grand Slams.

Putintseva on the other hand has been struggling on the big stage lately. She was eliminated in round 1 in 4 of the last 6 Grand Slams. She never made it past round 2 in any of these 6 tournaments. Also most of Putintseva’s successes had come on clay, she has 2 French Open quarterfinals. Her style of play is not very suited for fast surfaces, hence why she has never been past round 3 in Australia.

Total Sets: 3 Sets

With Cirstea ranked 42 and Putintseva 47 a close matchup is to be expected. Both players lack the firepower to close games quickly when they are on top and often the matches that involve them are long.

Also 2 of the last 3 clashes between Cirstea and Putintseva had gone to a third set.

Sorana Cirstea vs Yulia Putintseva Preview

After making our Cirstea vs Putintseva predictions it’s time to take a closer look at the two players individually as they enter Australian Open 2023:

Sorana Cirstea

Veteran Cirstea, 32-years-old now, had very solid 2022. She reached the fourth round of the 2022 Australian Open, beat 2 top 20 players on that occasion. She also played 3 semi-finals in smaller tournaments and made it to the last 16 of the Indian Wells Masters.

Cirstea had much tougher summer with early exits from several tournaments. She decided to take a break from mid-September onwards and in her first few matches in January she looked fresh. In Adelaide she amassed 3 good wins and 1 of the 2 defeats was against the world number 2 Ons Jabeur.

Yulia Putintseva

Putintseva recorded just 1 main draw win in the first 4 months of last year. Only when the clay-court season began in May her form improved. This helped her to remain in the top 50.

With the women tennis becoming more and more physical the lacking big shots Putintseva is struggling more and more. Her one good tournament in 2022 was the WTA1000 in Toronto where she reached the quarterfinals with a bit of luck. Since then she has made it past round 1 in only 1 of her last 6 tournament appearances.

Sorana Cirstea vs Yulia Putintseva Head to Head

All of the 5 previous meetings between the players had been close affairs. Putintseva lead the head-to-head 3:2 after winning the last 2 matches. However, the most recent meeting between them was way back in 2019 so the head-to-head is not very telling.

Sorana Cirstea vs Yulia Putintseva Match Details

Sorana Cirstea vs Yulia Putintseva

  • When will the match start? The match is scheduled to start at 03:30 am GMT on Tuesday, January 17th.
  • On which court will the match be played? The match will be played on Court 16 in Melbourne.
  • Where to watch AO 2023 in UK? You can watch Australian Open on Eurosport broadcast and online, or stream it on Discovery+.

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Instead, she focused all her energy on her other passion, writing. For over a decade, Iskra had been a freelance sports writer. Football, basketball and tennis are the main fields of her expertise.