It’s never too late to enter Fantasy Wimbledon so sign up today. And when it comes to shuffling your pack, bargain-hunting is the name of the game and Friday’s order of play has thrown up a number of players who are available at lower prices but who have been returning top-notch results.
In the power department you want someone who goes for their shots, who hits more winners than unforced errors, including on their serve. Many of the big names are at the top of the price bands but there are still some crackers to be snapped up. At 200, Lucie Safarova is the perfect example.
The left-handed Czech loves to go after the ball and her flat shots get even more assistance from the grass courts, where the ball generally stays that bit lower. Being a lefty also helps on serve so she’s the kind of player that when on form, can produce a stack of winners. Over the first two rounds, she would have earned you 56 points in total, which isn’t bad for someone at her price.
When you’re looking for someone to score heavily in the power category – and in fact in every category - you also need to look at the match-up. Safarova plays Dominika Cibulkova, another player who goes after the ball. Though Cibulkova is also quick, she doesn’t have the reach of most of the players so Safarova may get a few more winners than she might otherwise.
Staying in the power department, those with a bit of extra spending power remaining may want to look to Tomas Berdych, who has been single-handedly keeping some users in the competition with a stunning set of stats. So far, Berdych has cracked 144 winners and the Czech’s been able to keep his unforced error count down too, so his points total is 244. At 300, he is good value, especially as he is a better mover than Marin Cilic, his third-round opponent, who also likes to go for winners.
Sergiy Stakhovsky showed again why he loves grass as he beat Ernests Gulbis in round two and he will fancy his chances against Jeremy Chardy in round three on Friday. Stakhovsky is one of the best volleyers out there but since he is 400 in net play, why not take him at 300 on serve. He’s scored 63 points from his first two games, which is more than decent.
Finally, a real bargain in the returns department. Andrey Kuznetsov ousted David Ferrer in round two and could be one to watch again on Friday when he plays Leonardo Mayer. Kuznetsov has managed to earn 85 points in two matches and though some of that is skewed by his five-setter with Ferrer, again the match-up here is important. This could be close – neither man is used to being at this stage of a Grand Slam – so if it goes long, more return points will be won. You can get Kuznetsov, a former junior Wimbledon champion, at 200.
Remember that there is a weekly prize – so all those who signed up after the first two rounds could still win the prize for the second week, not to mention outscoring your friends in your own mini-leagues. And should you have great judgement and a bit of good fortune, who knows, the overall prize of two tickets to next year’s finals could be up for grabs too.
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