- Alison Riske and Jaqueline Cristian will go head-to-head in the final of the WTA Linz Open on Friday, November 12th
- This will be the first career meeting between the two
- Continue below for odds, preview, and our best bet analysis ahead of the match
Alison Riske and Jaqueline Cristian weren’t the suspected players to be player in the Linz Open Final. But the two are set to take the court tomorrow, Friday, November 12th at 1 pm ET.
Cristian entered the main draw of this tournament as a lucky loser. Riske is the eighth seed, respectively, as has yet to drop a set this past week.
Take a look at the odds and our best bet analysis below.
Alison Riske vs Jaqueline Cristian WTA Linz Open Final Odds
| Alison Riske||-3.5 (-115)||-215||Ov 21.5 (-110)|
|Jaqueline Cristian||+3.5 (-115)||+170||Un 21.5 (-125)|
Odds as of November 11th at DraftKings.
Perfect Through Four
The 31-year old American has yet to drop a set at the WTA Linz Open this week. Riske is coming off a semifinal against fellow American Danielle Collins, who withdrew from the match during the first game of the second set.
The No.8 seed will face Jaqueline Cristian in Friday's final. pic.twitter.com/tYknmJ8KC8
— wta (@WTA) November 11, 2021
Riske battled a lot of injuries earlier this year, which didn’t allow for her to gain much momentum. But she’s managed to find herself a bit, as she’s shown more consistency in the past few months.
She’ll look to end her year on a high note, by winning a title. But the 23-year old will be a tough opponent for Riske, who’s still trying to get back to the form she was once in.
Lucky Loser to the Final
Not only did Cristian enter this tournament as a lucky loser and make it to the final, this is also her first career tour level final.
Much like her final opponent, Riske, Cristian’s semifinal opponent also withdrew from their match. Cristian was set to face her toughest opponent to date, second seed Simona Halep, but Halep withdrew from the match prior to the start due to a knee injury.
But heading into that semifinal match, Cristian did upset fifth seed Veronika Kudermetova, defeating her in straight sets, winning 6-3, 7-6(5).
Riske will be a tough opponent for Cristian, but as mentioned above, neither player were the expected ones to be here/
This will be the first meeting between these two players, as their head-to-head record sits at 0-0.
Alison Riske vs Jaqueline Cristian Head-to-Head Stats
The biggest edge here could be experience. On paper it’s pretty obvious that Riske is the more experienced player, but the counter is the year record Cristian has put up in comparison to Riske. Riske entered this tournament with a 11-16 record on the season, and Cristian a 33-24 record.
Both players are incredibly strong, and rely heavily on their serve. Riske is so quick and sharp with her shots, that it has the ability to cause Cristian off balance. Based on what we’ve seen this week, Cristian is definitely the more aggressive player of the two, and this could be a surprise to Riske.
Putting that aside, the momentum on the year is definitely favorable towards Cristian. But Cristian’s biggest challenge might be herself in this match. If she’s able to control any nerves that she might have in this unfamiliar territory, she has the ability to win her maiden title and defeat Riske.
Best Bet: Cristian (+170)