• Australian Open

Wawrinka-Na bet pays out nearly £120,000

ESPN staff
January 27, 2014
Stanislas Wawrinka upset the odds to beat Rafael Nadal in the Australian Open final © Getty Images

An Australian punter has made a handsome sum from taking two relative longshots to win the Australian Open.

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Stanislas Wawrinka won his maiden grand slam in Melbourne © Getty Images
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An official with TAB Sportsbet, Australia's largest bookmaker, told ESPN that they will pay out AUS$225,000 (£119,000) for a $500 bet one of their clients made for both Stanislas Wawrinka and Li Na to win the title.

TAB spokesman Matt Jenkins said that the bet was placed on January 16 when the odds of both winning the Australian Open were 451/1.

Wawrinka, the No. 8 seed, beat the top two seeds, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic, to win his first grand slam title on Sunday. Li, seeded fourth in the women's draw, had an easier road, not having to beat any player seeded inside the top 20.

Jenkins said the bet was placed at one of the company's 2,900 outlets throughout the country, but that TAB Sportsbet does not know the person's identity since it was bet on with cash.

This article originally appeared on ESPN.com

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