If WTA Tour used a ranking system based on averages: Safina #1, Serena #2, Venus #3
If the WTA Tour used a system based on averages, Dinara Safina would still be #1, Serena #2 and Venus #3.
Calculations on the file attached.
- Safina has 11011 points in 19 tournaments: 579,53 per tournament
- Serena has 8759 points in 17 tournaments: 515,24 per tournament
- Venus has 6617 points in 16 tournaments: 413,56 per tournamet
Actually, two of Serena's 17 tournaments are zero-pointers no shows (Indian Wells, which is mandatoy, and Charleston, which she pulled out after the draw had been made). One of Venus's 16 tournaments is Indian Wells, which is mandatory.
If you discard the zero-pointer for Charleston (because it is not mandatory, which I think is fair), we have:
- Serena has 8759 points in 16 tournaments: 547,44 per tournament (still less than Safina);
If you also discard Indian Wells (which I think is NOT fair, since it is mandatory), we have:
- Serena has 8759 points in 15 tournaments: 583,93 per tournament
- Venus has 6617 points in 15 tournaments: 441,13 per tournamet
Only in this scenario, Serena wolud be #1, but only 4 points ahead of Safina.
One thing I think is bad about the average system is that it would heavily discorage the top players from playing International and even Premier tournaments. Safina or Serena, for example, would actually LOSE points for winning a Premier tournament (they would only get 470 points, which is less than their average).
Go Brazilian girls!