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Average ranking of Champions' opponents(overall and after 2R)in GS events since 2000

I know this is really useless stat because:
• players don't choose their opponents
• it doesn't really say anything about what kind of tournament a champion had / doesn't represent the toughness of opponent a player had to face

But I was curious and it was fun for me to find out, so I decided to share

Year...Event........................Champion...... ...............Average Rank of Champion's Opponents............Average Rank of Champion's Opponents after 2R

2008...Australian Open..........Maria Sharapova.............32.............14
2008...French Open...............Ana Ivanovic..................33..................28

2007...Australian Open..........Serena Williams..............34..............10
2007...French Open...............Justine Henin.................30.................15
2007...Wimbledon.................Venus Williams...............47...............20
2007...US Open....................Justine Henin.................68..............40

2006...Australian Open..........Amelie Mauresmo...........36...........15
2006...French Open...............Justine Henin.................34..............22
2006...Wimbledon.................Amelie Mauresmo...........60...........35
2006...US Open....................Maria Sharapova.............27.............17

2005...Australian Open..........Serena Williams..............51..............37
2005...French Open...............Justine Henin.................27...............15
2005...Wimbledon.................Venus Williams..............52..............26
2005...US Open....................Kim Clijsters..................46..................26

2004...Australian Open..........Justine Henin.................178...............41
2004...French Open...............Anastasia Myskina..........29..........21
2004...Wimbledon.................Maria Sharapova.............58.............20
2004...US Open....................Svetlana Kuznetsova.......43.......15

2003...Australian Open..........Serena Williams..............30..............18
2003...French Open...............Justine Henin.................43................22
2003...Wimbledon.................Serena Williams..............27..............12
2003...US Open....................Justine Henin.................52.................33

2002...Australian Open..........Jennifer Capriati.............42.............26
2002...French Open...............Serena Williams..............75..............63
2002...Wimbledon.................Serena Williams..............45..............34
2002...US Open....................Serena Williams..............23..............15

2001...Australian Open..........Jennifer Capriati.............39.............34
2001...French Open...............Jennifer Capriati.............59.............55
2001...Wimbledon.................Venus Williams...............30...............19
2001...US Open....................Venus Williams...............43...............13

2000...Australian Open..........Lindsay Davenport..........48..........27
2000...French Open...............Mary Pierce....................87..................82 (15 after 3R)
2000...Wimbledon.................Venus Williams...............17...............12
2000...US Open....................Venus Williams...............23...............18


In decreasing order
17....WIM 01....Venus Williams
23....USO 02....Serena Williams
23....USO 00....Venus Williams
27....USO 06....Maria Sharapova
27....FR 05....Justine Henin
27....WIM 03....Serena Williams
29....FR 04....Anastasia Myskina
30....FR 07....Justine Henin
30....AUS 03....Serena Williams
30....WIM 01....Venus Williams
32....AUS 08....Maria Sharapova
33....FR 08....Ana Ivanovic
34....AUS 07....Serena Williams
34....FR 06....Justine Henin
36....AUS 06....Amelie Mauresmo
39....AUS 01....Jennifer Capriati
42....AUS 02....Jennifer Capriati
43....USO 04....Svetlana Kuznetsova
43....FR 03....Justine Henin
43....USO 01....Venus Williams
45....WIM 02....Serena Williams
46....USO 05....Kim Clijsters
47....WIM 07....Venus Williams
48....AUS 00....Lindsay Davenport
51....AUS 05....Serena Williams
52....WIM 05....Venus Williams
52....USO 03....Justine Henin
58....WIM 04....Maria Sharapova
59....FR 01....Jennifer Capriati
60....WIM 06....Amelie Mauresmo
68....USO 07....Justine Henin
75....FR 02....Serena Williams
87....FR 01....Jennifer Capriati
178....AUS 04....Justine Henin

In decreasing order (afer 2R)
10....AUS 07....Serena Williams
12....WIM 00....Venus Williams
13....WIM 03....Serena Williams
13....USO 01....Venus Williams
14....AUS 08....Maria Sharapova
15....FR 07....Justine Henin
15....AUS 06....Amelie Mauresmo
15....FR 05....Justine Henin
15....USO 04....Svetlana Kuznetsova
15....USO 02....Serena Williams
17....USO 06....Maria Sharapova
18....AUS 03....Serena Williams
18....USO 00....Venus Williams
19....WIM 01....Venus Williams
20....WIM 07....Venus Williams
20....WIM 04....Maria Sharapova
21....FR 04....Anastasia Myskina
22....FR 06....Justine Henin
22....FR 03....Justine Henin
23....AUS 02....Jennifer Capriati
26....WIM 05....Venus Williams
26....USO 05....Kim Clijsters
27....AUS 00....Lindsay Davenport
28....FR 08....Ana Ivanovic
33....USO 03....Justine Henin
34....WIM 02....Serena Williams
34....AUS 01....Jennifer Capriati
35....WIM 06....Amelie Mauresmo
37....AUS 05....Serena Williams
40....USO 07....Justine Henin
41....AUS 04....Justine Henin
55....FR 01....Jennifer Capriati
63....FR 02....Serena Williams
82....FR 00....Mary Pierce



Please, if you want to say anything like "Hahah player X had a cakewalk draw to her title!!!!111oneoneone", find some other place to.
If you want to say "This is a useless stat and doesn't really prove anything", don't: I know

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Re: Average ranking of Champion's opponents in GS events since 2000

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Re: Average ranking of Champion's opponents in GS events since 2000

Where's Hingis, oh yeah that's right Steffi Graf, has a more recent slam singles title than her.


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Re: Average ranking of Champion's opponents in GS events since 2000

wow, Justine.

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Where's Hingis, oh yeah that's right Steffi Graf, has a more recent slam singles title than her.


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Whatever. These stats are from 2000 and onwards- Martina retired in 2002, and with all due respect to Steffi, after watching that 1999 French open final on youtube, she only won that match because Martina self-destructed.
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178? I guess thats the year she beat Olivia L in the first round, wasnt she ranked like in the 1000 or even unranked?

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Re: Average ranking of Champion's opponents in GS events since 2000

Thanks!

2001 Wimbledon -- Venus had to face all the big guns. Good for her.

I am surprised to see Justine's runs at RG so high. When I look back, I don't remember her playing anyone ranked so high because frankly, they usually crash and burn before they get to face Justine.
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It is more interesting without the first two rounds; can you do it like that or would you have to go through everything again?

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178? I guess thats the year she beat Olivia L in the first round, wasnt she ranked like in the 1000 or even unranked?
yep, that girl was ranked 870th But actually she faced just 2 top-tenners, her other opponens were out of top 30

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It is more interesting without the first two rounds; can you do it like that or would you have to go through everything again?
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Where's Hingis, oh yeah that's right Steffi Graf, has a more recent slam singles title than her.


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God you're pathetic. There's no conceivable reason to bring up Hingis in this thread. Perhaps you're insecure about something.

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you said we shouldn't, but I will say it anyway:
stupid stats, I'm sorry

the determining players shouldn't be the low-ranked ones, but the high-ranked opponents!
you only have to face 1 player being WTA-798 or so, and you will end with an "average ranking" above the 100. so it doesn't matter if one faces n1, n2, n3, n23, ... in the following rounds, they will make very little difference

a better thing should be to count like this, I'll give an example
say someone beated WTA-2, WTA-5, WTA-12, WTA-34, WTA-89, WTA-54 and WTA-101
say x = 1/2 + 1/5 + 1/12 + 1/34 + 1/89 + 1/54 + 1/101
this coefficient says a lot more imo, because here, the stronger opponents are determining
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Thanks Niya! Great stats!
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Whatever. These stats are from 2000 and onwards- Martina retired in 2002, and with all due respect to Steffi, after watching that 1999 French open final on youtube, she only won that match because Martina self-destructed.
I'm sure you have an excuse for every one of her losses at the French Open. Truth is she was in inferior player to Steffi Graf


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