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Australian Open Women's Final Li Na vs Dominika Cibulkova Start Time, Odds

The Australian Open Women's Final is here and will take place tonight between Li Na and Dominika Cibulkova. The match is scheduled for a 3:40 a.m. (EST) start time and it will be televised nationally on ESPN. Currently the odds for the match have Li Na favored to win.

Li Na has reached the Australian Open finals for a third time tonight, where she will take on Dominika Cibulkova, who makes her first appearance in a Grand Slam final tonight. Li Na has one career slam to her resume, winning the 2011 French Open title over Francesca Schiavone. Previously, Li Na lost in the 2011 and 2013 Australian Open Finals.

Final Odds courtesy of BetOnline

Rot.TeamSpreadMoney LineTotal PointsTeam Points
03:40 AM 8761 Na Li -4 -108 -265 Ov 21½ -105 Ov 12½ -110 Un 12½ -120
8762 Dominika Cibulkova +4 -108 +225 Un 21½ -111 Ov 10½ -120 Un 10½ -110

The oddsmakers are making Li Na the favorite here for a number of reasons. She's the fourth ranked player in the world, already has a Grand Slam to her event and is an excellent hard courts player. Li Na dodged a lot of bullets to reach this year's final, as the 24th-ranked Cibulkova will be her first Top-25 opponent this tournament. The 31-year-old has a golden opportunity to win her second major title here tonight.

Cibulkova is a great friend to Marion Bartoli, who shocked the world last year by winning the Wimbledon championship. Then, she decided to retire from the game of tennis. We aren't saying Cibulkova would take a bow if she were to win the tournament, but picking up a major title when no one expected her to certainly seems fitting for the comparison.

And Cibulkova has been a giant killer to this point in the tournament. She knocked off Maria Sharapova, Simona Halep and Agnieszka Radwanska on her way to the finals. This is Li Na's third Australian Open final in the last four years but this is first time she’s the heavy favorite. Lifetime Li Na is 4-0 against Cibulkova, including a straight-set hardcourt win at the 2013 Rogers Cup last August.

We like Li Na to pick up a win in three sets here tonight, but it's not going to be an easy match.

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