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Fantasy Wimbledon: the best day of The Championships

Fantasy Wimbledon
by Simon Cambers
Monday 30 June 2014

For many people, the second Monday at Wimbledon is the best day of the Championships, with 16 singles matches on show.

This year, thanks to the rain of Saturday, there will be three more – two that were postponed from Saturday and one that was held over in the final set. So there are plenty of opportunities to score stacks of points for your Fantasy Wimbledon choices. And if you have not signed up yet, remember there is a week 2 prize to play for, as well as your own mini leagues.

First of all, to let you know what postponed or held-over matches mean for you. If, for example, you had John Isner in your line-up before the start of play on Saturday, you will score points for him in your chosen category when he completes his match against Feliciano Lopez on Monday, even if you transfer him out of your line-up before the start of Monday’s play.

That’s because your line-up at the start of each day’s play will score points from matches that were ORIGINALLY scheduled for that day, regardless of when they actually finish. The same goes for Stan Wawrinka, Lopez and Denis Istomin, as well as the held over match between Simone Bolelli and Kei Nishikori. Unfortunately, though, that means in Monday’s case, you can’t now add in Isner, Lopez, Istomin or Wawrinka.

Since you should all have five more changes available to you, as of 11.30 Sunday morning, you have options and with so many matches to choose from, everyone will be looking for bargains. But the category people are scoring big points in is “power” and Petra Kvitova could be someone worth adding in to your line-up. Against Venus Williams in the last round, the Czech scored 62 points for power, which is a great effort. She plays Peng Shuai and will be expected to win quickly, which is good and bad; good, because she should hit plenty of winners, but bad because she may not be on court that long, reducing the number of winners she can hit. It’s a judgement call!

Grigor Dimitrov’s winners to unforced errors ratio has been very healthy to date and at 300, the Bulgarian could be value in the power category. He would have scored you 55, 60 and 62 points in that category in his first three rounds respectively. Agnieszka Radwanska may be at the top end of the budget at 400, but she’s scored 180 points in three matches in “returns” so if you have it spare, she is a rock solid choice, it seems. She plays Ekaterina Makarova of Russia. And no one has broken serve more than Angelique Kerber, with 20, so she is also worth considering at 400.

Your last set of five changes comes good as of Tuesday morning, so you should focus on Monday’s matches alone with these ones, to maximise your chances of scoring big points.

If you still haven’t signed up to play Fantasy Wimbledon, it’s not too late. Enter now and you could still win the weekly prize for the second week – a Wimbledon towel and a pair of ground passes for the 2015 Championships.

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