Rafael Nadal faces Stanislas Wawrinka in the Australian Open men’s final on Sunday morning but attention centres on the women’s final this morning as Li Na takes on Dominika Cibulková in the women’s final.
Women’s Final Betting
Li Na has a fantastic chance to win the second Grand Slam of her career on Saturday morning when she plays Slovakian Dominika Cibulková in the women’s showpiece.
The Chinese’s best result to date is clinching the French Open in 2011 although she has reached the final here in Melbourne two times previously in her career.
Last year Na was defeated by Victoria Azarenka in the final whilst in 2011 she missed out at the final stage to Kim Clijsters but against the 20th seed Cibulková today, she stands a great chance of making it third time lucky.
Cibulková should not be underestimated tough, after all she did knock out 2008 Australian Open Champion Maria Sharapova in the third round as well as confidently defeating fifth seed Agnieszka Radwańska in straight sets in the semis on Thursday, 6-1, 6-2.
The future looks bright for the 24-year-old whose previous best run in a Grand Slam was to the semi-finals of the French Open in 2009 when she was just 19.
The final starts at 8:30am this morning and is live on BBC Two and British Eurosport 1.
Men’s Final Betting Tips
Rafael Nadal will be confident of reclaiming his Australian Open title that he last won in 2009 as he shapes up against Stanislas Wawrinka on Sunday morning.
Injury issues scuppered his chances of success in subsequent years and the Spaniard was even forced to miss the tournament last year but if he’s successful toady, he’ll move up to 14 Grand Slams, level with Pete Sampras, and just three behind Roger Federer.
Federer was the man he beat in Friday’s semi-final in straight sets as he continued his impressive run against the man who re-wrote the record books.
The player standing in Nadal’s way of securing three out of four Grand Slam titles is another Swiss man, world number 27 Wawrinka.
This has been the finest tournament of the 28-year-olds career and this will be his debut in a Grand Salm final, his previous best attempt being a run to the semi-finals in last year’s US Open.
His stand out performance this week was undoubtedly the quarter-final final set tie-breaker win over defending Australian Open champion Novak Djokovic.
He then overcame Tomáš Berdych in the semis on Thursday but faces the daunting task of taking on Nadal, a player he’s never won a set against, having lost all 12 of their previous meetings.
BET OF THE DAY – Judging by their previous encounters, a straight-sets victory looks on the cards for Nadal and the best value on a 3-0 win for the Spaniard is provided by Boylesports at 11/10.
You can watch the men’s final live on BBC Two and British Eurosport 1 from 8:30am.
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