Xiyu Wang vs Taylor Townsend Prediction and Odds: Italian Open 2023

The third round of the Italian Open will feature an exciting clash between Xiyu Wang and Taylor Townsend. Both players are on a very different trajectory in their careers and have vastly different playing styles. It will be interesting to see which player’s style will prevail in this intriguing matchup. Read our Italian Open predictions in this article.

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Xiyu Wang vs Taylor Townsend – Match Predictions

Xiyu Wang to Win

Chinese sensation Wang has been making steady progress in the European clay court events after struggling in the United States. While Townsend could not get out of the qualifiers, she reached the third round. She has had straight sets victories in the previous rounds and will fancy her chances against the American who is playing her fourth match, the last two of which were three-set affairs. Given her relative freshness and ease of closing off points against recent rivals, we are backing Xiyu Wang to triumph in this game.

Over 21.5 Games

Townsend’s last two matches were three-set affairs, seeing more than 21.5 Games. Her second-round qualifier against Dalma Galfi also saw a similar fate. Interestingly, Wang’s two wins in the Italian Open have been long-drawn affairs, both seeing Over 21.5 Games. The duo have showcased their ability to dig deep and this match will see a test of their wits. Fans will enjoy their battle, one that should stretch into extra time as at least Over 21.5 Games are played.

Xiyu Wang vs Taylor Townsend Preview

Our predictions for this match have now been established, let’s see how these players have fared so far in this tournament.

Xiyu Wang

On the red surface, Xiyu Wang has impressed with her aggressive baseline game, earning plaudits for her solid two-handed backhand while generating troubling power on her forehand side. This helped her cause against Irina-Camelia Begu. The 27-ranked Iranian struggled against her and was eventually ousted at her hands. Wang’s playing style also caused Italian Lucrezia Stefanini problems, who also succumbed to her. She has dictated play with her heavy groundstrokes in the Italian Open and needs to be tamed on this front for Townsend to get anything from the affair.

Taylor Townsend

The left-handed American player has impressed in the Italian capital. She troubled her rivals in the qualifiers with her unique serve-and-volley playing style. It did not help her as much in the later stages, where she battled to forge her path ahead in three-set affairs. It will be interesting how she comes to play against the similarly resilient Wang, and whether she will attack the net to finish points off or force the issue from the baseline as well. Surely, a fun player to watch, who brings as much flair to the court as the resulting flaws in her gameplay.

Xiyu Wang vs Taylor Townsend Head to Head

Duels between Xiyu Wang and Taylor Townsend hang in balance with one win for each competitor.

  • 01/05/22 Taylor Townsend won 2-0 (Charleston, Clay)
  • 22/04/22 Xiyu Wang won 2-0 (Charlottesville, Clay)

Xiyu Wang vs Taylor Townsend Match Details

Rome Masters / Italian Open


  • When will this match start? This match starts not before 10:00 GMT on 13 May.
  • Who are the top seeds of the Italian Open? Novak Djokovic and Iga Swiatek are the top seeds in men’s and women’s singles events.
  • Where can I watch Italian Open 2023 in the UK? This match will be available on Amazon Prime for fans in the United Kingdom

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