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andrewbroad
Aug 8th, 2004, 09:39 PM
A wooden-spoon list is a way of ranking the players in a tournament, based purely on who beats who.

Wooden-spoon theory formalises the intuition that it's better to lose to a player who goes on to do well in the tournament than to lose to a player who gets beaten in the next round.

A rigorous explanation of the theory can be found at my website (see sig. for URL). Here's the wooden-spoon list for the women's singles at Wimbledon 2004:

1. MARIA SHARAPOVA (13)
2. SERENA WILLIAMS (1)
3. LINDSAY DAVENPORT (5)
4. AMELIE MAURESMO (4)
5. AI SUGIYAMA (11)
6. JENNIFER CAPRIATI (7)
7. Karolina Sprem
8. PAOLA SUAREZ (9)
9. AMY FRAZIER (31)
10. Tatiana Golovin
11. VERA ZVONAREVA (12)
12. SILVIA FARINA ELIA (14)
13. Tamarine Tanasugarn
14. NADIA PETROVA (10)
15. MAGDALENA MALEEVA (21)
16. Rita Grande
17. Daniela Hantuchova
18. Magui Serna
19. Tatiana Panova (Q)
20. Ludmila Cervanova
21. Marion Bartoli
22. NATHALIE DECHY (25)
23. MEGHANN SHAUGHNESSY (32)
24. Anne Kremer
25. ANASTASIA MYSKINA (2)
26. Emmanuelle Gagliardi
27. Gisela Dulko
28. Virginia Ruano Pascual
29. ALICIA MOLIK (27)
30. Tatiana Perebiynis
31. Denisa Chladkova
32. Virginie Razzano (Q)
33. Anne Keothavong (WC)
34. Stephanie Foretz (Q)
35. Kristina Brandi
36. Jennifer Hopkins (Q)
37. Klara Koukalova
38. Elena Baltacha (WC)
39. VENUS WILLIAMS (3)
40. Els Callens
41. Emily Webley-Smith (WC)
42. FRANCESCA SCHIAVONE (18)
43. Saori Obata
44. Silvija Talaja
45. Sandra Kleinova
46. Maria Vento-Kabchi
47. Jill Craybas
48. Arantxa Parra Santonja
49. ELENA BOVINA (20)
50. Jane O'Donoghue (WC)
51. Mashona Washington (Q)
52. LISA RAYMOND (26)
53. Maria Elena Camerin
54. Maria Sanchez Lorenzo
55. Nuria Llagostera Vives (Q)
56. Tian Tian Sun (Q)
57. Aniko Kapros
58. PATTY SCHNYDER (15)
59. Martina Navratilova (WC)
60. Henrieta Nagyova
61. Teryn Ashley
62. Milagros Sequera
63. Katarina Srebotnik
64. Elena Likhovtseva
65. Yulia Beygelzimer (Q)
66. Jie Zheng
67. Dally Randriantefy
68. Jelena Kostanic
69. Amanda Janes (WC)
70. Claudine Schaul
71. Laura Granville
72. Shenay Perry
73. Maria Kirilenko
74. Alina Jidkova
75. Samantha Stosur
76. Peng Shuai
77. Anna-Lena Groenefeld
78. Flavia Pennetta
79. Vera Douchevina
80. Mara Santangelo
81. Samantha Reeves
82. ELENI DANIILIDOU (30)
83. EMILIE LOIT (28)
84. Barbara Schett
85. CHANDA RUBIN (17)
86. Anabel Medina Garrigues
87. Marissa Irvin
88. FABIOLA ZULUAGA (19)
89. Lubomira Kurhajcova
90. Tara Snyder
91. JELENA DOKIC (23)
92. MARY PIERCE (24)
93. Melinda Czink
94. Christina Wheeler (Q)
95. Marlene Weingartner
96. SVETLANA KUZNETSOVA (8)
97. Nicole Pratt
98. Stephanie Cohen-Aloro
99. Iveta Benesova
100. Julia Vakulenko
101. Jelena Jankovic
102. Marta Marrero
103. Marie-Gayanay Mikaelian
104. Ashley Harkleroad
105. Severine Beltrame
106. Myriam Casanova
107. Eva Birnerova (Q)
108. Barbora Strycova
109. ELENA DEMENTIEVA (6)
110. Martina Sucha
111. Cara Black
112. DINARA SAFINA (29)
113. Edina Gallovits (Q)
114. Lindsay Lee-Waters
115. Angelique Widjaja (Q)
116. Shinobu Asagoe
117. Anca Barna
118. Katie O'Brien (WC)
119. Petra Mandula
120. Tathiana Garbin
121. Mervana Jugic-Salkic
122. Akiko Morigami
123. Catalina Castano
124. Lina Krasnoroutskaya
125. Tina Pisnik
126. CONCHITA MARTÍNEZ (22)
127. ANNA SMASHNOVA-PISTOLESI (16)
128. Gala Leon Garcia

So Gala León García has the dubious honour of being the wooden-spoonist of Wimbledon 2004 - she's at the end of the longest losing chain.

Only Maria Sharapova's stunning victory in the final saved Anna Smashnova from winning three wooden spoons in her Grand Slam career! ;-)

Hall of Shame

* Australian Open 2000: Anna Smashnova
* French Open 2000: Barbara Schwartz
* Wimbledon 2000: Rita Kuti Kis
* US Open 2000: Kristen Schlukebir

* Australian Open 2001: Adriana Gersi
* French Open 2001: Lisa Raymond
* Wimbledon 2001: Anne Keothavong
* US Open 2001: Tamarine Tanasugarn

* Australian Open 2002: Mary Pierce
* French Open 2002: Stephanie Foretz
* Wimbledon 2002: Anna Smashnova (again!)
* US Open 2002: Shinobu Asagoe

* Australian Open 2003: Libuse Prusová
* French Open 2003: Bahia Mouhtassine
* Wimbledon 2003: Virginia Ruano Pascual
* US Open 2003: Eleni Daniilidou

* Australian Open 2004: Arantxa Parra
* French Open 2004: Mara Santangelo
* Wimbledon 2004: Gala León García

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--
Dr. Andrew Broad
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