Xiyu Wang vs Karolina Pliskova Prediction and Odds: Australian Open

Women’s tennis is facing its first big litmus test of 2023—who has come out of the off-season ready to grab this year by the horns? Xiyu Wang and Karolina Pliskova face off on Tuesday in what will be another excellent test of which women has the best form heading into the new season.

These odds from Ladbrokes were correct at the time of writing.

Xiyu Wang vs Karolina Pliskova – Match Prediction

Though the bookmakers are not giving Xiyu Wang much of a chance here, we say this match will be tighter than some may think. Here are our top two betting tips for this match, and be sure to check out our other tennis predictions as well.

Xiyu Wang to Win 2-1

This is one of the big upsets we see happening in the first round of the Australian Open. While it goes against the odds, ask Maria Sakkari how she feels about this bet—just a few months ago, Wang sent the No.3 seed crashing out of the US Open in the second round. Wang is young and playing the best tennis of her life, while Pliskova is a former World No.1 on the decline, who has struggled to win main draw matches recently.

Either to Lose the First Set and Win

When Wang best Sakkari, she did it coming from behind after losing the first set. We see a similar outcome here, as the 21-year-old will likely take a little time to adjust to being under the big lights, before she starts playing her natural game and out-hitting Pliskova.

Xiyu Wang vs Karolina Pliskova Preview

With these two bets in mind, here’s a look at the background of these two women.

Xiyu Wang

Xiyu Wang is a Chinese player who is currently ranked No.53 in the world. While she’s been playing in ITF tournaments since 2016, she is a former junior World No.1 and has had plenty of promise. Her breakthrough event was the 2022 US Open, where she made the Round of 32, off the back of a semifinal run at the Citi Open weeks before.

Karolina Pliskova

Karolina Pliskova is a former World No.1 with 16 titles to her name. She has made four Grand Slam finals, getting as far as the semifinals here in Australia in 2019. However, her ranking has slipped recently, as the 30-year-old Czech failed to win a title last year, putting her at No.31 in the world currently.

Xiyu Wang vs Karolina Pliskova Head to Head

Given Xiyu Wang’s recent arrival in main draw events on the WTA Tour, these two have not met before.

Xiyu Wang vs Karolina Pliskova Match Details

Xiyu Wang vs Karolina Pliskova

  • When will the match start? The match will start at approximately 2:00 AM GMT on the 17th of January 2023.
  • On which court will the match be played? The match will be played on Margaret Court Arena.
  • 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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