Australian Open Championship Odds
(The Spread) - The 2011 Australian Open has reached the final round in both the mens and women’s singles tournaments. Continue reading to check out the championship odds for both sides.
According to oddsmakers from online sports book Sportsbook.com, Kim Clijsters is –260 on the money line to beat Na Li (+210) in the women’s finals match. On the men’s side, Novak Djokovic is –145 on the money line to beat Andy Murray (+125).
Li was the ninth seed coming into the tournament. She’ll take an 11-match winning streak into the championship match at Melbourne Park and hopes to add a Grand Slam singles title to her list of firsts for China.
But beating Clijsters won’t be an easy task. The 27-year-old has been to the championship match of a Grand Slam event seven times, losing her first four finals before capturing the first of three U.S. Open titles in 2005. She was also the 2004 runner up right here at Melbourne.
She also leads Li 4-2 in career meetings and is trying to become the first woman to win two consecutive majors since Serena Williams won the 2008 U.S. Open and the 2009 Australian Open. Clijsters is 26-2 in Grand Slam matches since returning to the tour in August of ’09 following the birth of her baby.
Murray had to overcome a poor start against David Ferrer in the semis just to reach the finals. He has lost two grand slam finals before, dropping the U.S. Open in 2008 and last year’s Australian Open, but both defeats came at the hands of Roger Federer.
Djokovic beat Federer in straight sets to set up a championship match with Murray, who will try to become Britain’s first men’s grand slam champion since Fred Perry (1936). Djokovic has the chance to win his second major singles title – ironically at the same place he won his first title in 2008.
Clijsters will battle Li at 3:30AM ET on Saturday, January 29, while Murray will take on Djokovic at 3:30APM ET on Sunday.