Clijsters and Li win to set-up historic Australian Open final

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It will be a momentous occasion in Melbourne on Saturday night when Rod Laver arena plays host to the first Chinese Grand Slam finalist in the history of tennis.

Considering two million people tuned in to watch Ding Junhui play Marco Fu in the all-Chinese snooker Masters final, the women’s Australian Open final will be one of the most watched sporting events of the year.

Which means plenty of money will be staked in the women’s Australian Open final betting market, and punters can find the most value by backing Na Li at 12/5 to beat Clijsters.

Li has already beaten Clijsters this year and is the only tennis player to beat the Belgian since her 2010 US Open victory, and new customers to Ladbrokes.com should take advantage of a free tennis bet worth £25 by signing up here.

Admittedly Clijsters is in incredible form and hasn’t dropped a set on her way to the final, and the Australian Open betting odds reflect this pricing the world number three at 3/10 to win her first Australian Open title.

But Li has already overturned the world number one in her semi-final, and the Chinese star will have the backing of the neutrals that fill Rod Laver arena as she attempts to create history.

Creating history is always a special moment and punters can take advantage of the feel-good feeling by increasing their cash flow with a punt on the Chinese star.

A £25 stake on Na Li winning the Australian Open would return £85. New customers can sign up here for a free bet worth £25.

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Robbie Morris

Robbie studied sports journalism at the University of Gloucestershire, an establishment chosen for its proximity to Cheltenham racecourse, where he was a season ticket holder. Upon graduation, Robbie was a contributor to GolfPunk, a national magazine aimed at ridding golf of its traditionalist image, before joining the news.ladbrokes team.