Na Li vs Kim Clijsters – Li 12/5 to become first ever Chinese winner

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The pages are primed, the ink wells are full and the nibs are sharpened – Na Li is ready to rewrite the history books on Saturday morning.

Should Li beat world number three Kim Clijsters in the Australian Open final she will become the first Chinese player to ever win a Grand Slam tennis event, marking a momentous occasion for the sport.

Match Odds

But Kim Clijsters has dominated women’s tennis over the past six months and she has only lost once in 16 tournaments since her 2010 US Open win and is the 3/10 favourite to beat Li.

However that defeat came at the hands of her Australian Open final opponent and you can expect most of the capacity crowd that fills the Rod Laver arena to be cheering on Li, a 12/5 shot to beat Clijsters.

Li’s win over Clijsters at the Medibank International earlier in the month was her second over the world number three, but Clijtsers has beaten her opponent four times, but only once in the last three encounters.

Total Sets

Clijsters is yet to drop a set in en route to the final and Li has only dropped one.

When players of this calibre meet, you can expect a tight match and you can back Clijsters at 11/4 to win 2-1, but the better value is in backing Li to win the match 2-1 at 9/2.

Punters should take full advantage of the 5/6 for there to be over 20.5 games in the match and the 5/2 for there to be a tiebreak in the match.

The two played out a tiebreak at the Medibank and a 7-5 result in favour of Li in the first set is available at 11/1.

A £25 stake on Na Li winning the first set and the match would return £111.50. 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.