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WTA to change ranking system next year

I just read this article:

WTA announces new ranking system for 2005

In an attempt to please all the naysayers, the WTA has decided to scrap its best-of-seventeen rankings for a new and improved system that has the tennis world abuzz. This complicated system, developed by the same people who created the BCS rankings will be used beginning next year.

In the new system, points earned in Grand Slams will count for 30%, the best additional 13 tournaments will count for 50%, win percentage will determine 15% of a player’s score, while the final 5% will be determined by brownie points.

ESPN commentator and former doubles superstar Pam Shriver thinks counting win percentage is the biggest improvement in the ranking system. “Just think that in the past, you could erase your worst results. Now they will all count as part of the win-loss record. So even though they are only counting 17 tournaments for the first 80%, all the tournaments are essentially counting.”

Jennifer Capriati said, “I’m glad Slams are going to count for such a significant percent. However, I think everyone is going to be kissing Larry’s (expletive) to rack up those brownie points.”

Serena Williams has a solution to the rankings mess. “Just count the Grand Slams and the best 5 other tournaments. I think that would be the most accurate way to determine rankings.”

Kim Clijsters said, “I think the old rankings were good and the new rankings are even better. The brownie points idea is pure genius.”

Players will obtain brownie points by showing good sportsmanship, keeping media commitments with the tour and going the extra distance to promote the game. Tour CEO Larry Scott thinks the new rankings will be a major improvement. “I think the new rankings will be the most accurate ranking system the sport has ever seen. Plus, what’s not to like about rewarding good sportsmanship and strong character?

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Kim Clijsters said, “I think the old rankings were good and the new rankings are even better. The brownie points idea is pure genius.
With brownie points Kim will sure be #1 for awhile!!!

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LOL!!!!! very creative!!!!

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Bah...until the Jenn comments you had me going. Good work.
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Bah...until the Jenn comments you had me going. Good work.
Yes, the credibility of the story was in doubt when Jennifer had a comment to it!

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the funny thing is, take out the brownie points and u've got a good ranking system, lol. although maybe gs count for 2 much as only 256 get to play them, and there are around 1176 girls with rankings

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i forgot to congratulate u on ur use of april fools so ill do that now

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lol you had me going even AFTER reading Jen's expletives! lmao

It wasn't until reading some of the replies in this thread that a light bulb went on in my head that alluded to the attempted comedic effect.

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How many bonus points for swimsuit pics, etc?
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