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Brian Stewart
Dec 14th, 2001, 03:31 PM
I was going to make this really tough, but decided against it. (It is the holiday season.) Scoring is: 4 points each for questions 1-20, and 1 point for each Yes/No answer in question 21. To give others a chance, I ask Zummi, Rollo, Big Lindsay, and Declan to withhold posting their answers until at least noon tomorrow (board time).

All questions pertain to women's tennis (singles) in the Open Era. <br />
<br /><ol start="1"> Who holds the record for most consecutive times holding seed in the main draw of a WTA tournament. (No challengers, satellites, qualifying, exhibitions, Hopman Cup, etc.) Note: if a player is unseeded in a tournament, it neither adds to nor ends the streak.<br />
<br /> Taking #1 a step further, who holds the record for most consecutive times holding seed in the main draw of Tier 2 and above tournaments. (In other words, the big tourneys.)<br />
<br /> After her sex-change operation, Renee Richards joined the WTA tour at the age of 42, and played a handful of seasons. Thus it's no surprise that she holds the record for the oldest player in a slam in the open era. Other than Renee, who is the oldest woman to enter the singles competition at a Grand Slam in the open era?<br />
<br /> Obligatory silly question: which player changed her skirt on court during the 2001 US Open? (Also known as the "seeing if you were paying attention" question. <img src="smile.gif" border="0"> )<br />
<br /> What is the nickname given to the series of junior tournaments Chanda Rubin sponsored?<br />
<br /> Has anyone ever held each of the top 8 seeding positions in Grand Slams? If so, who? (Must give all names for full credit.)<br />
<br /> If you counted every seeding a player has had in a Grand Slam, from #1 down, what is the record for the furthest down the list in which someone has held all of the seedings? And by whom?<br />
<br /> Who has held the most different Grand Slam seedings in the top 16, and how many?<br />
<br /> Who was the oldest player ever seeded at a slam, and her approx. age (Years and months)?<br />
<br /> Who has the biggest gap between first and last slam seedings, and how long was it?<br />
<br /> Who has been seeded the most times in slams, and how many times?<br />
<br /> Who has the most top 8 seedings in slams, and how many?<br />
<br /> Who has the most top 4 seedings in slams, and how many?<br />
<br /> Who has the most #1 seedings in slams, and how many?<br />
<br /> Who was seeded in the most consecutive slams, and how many?<br />
<br /> Who was seeded #1 in the most consecutive slams, and how many?<br />
<br /> Who was seeded the most consecutive years at the Australian Open?<br />
<br /> Who was seeded the most consecutive years at the French open?<br />
<br /> Who was seeded the most consecutive years at Wimbledon?<br />
<br /> Who was seeded the most consecutive years at the US Open?<br />
<br /> Yes or no for each of these. Have these players been seeded at a slam?<br /><ol start="a"> Leslie Allen<br /> Jane "Peaches" Bartkowicz<br /> Yayuk Basuki<br /> Rene Blount<br /> Sandra Cecchini<br /> Natasha Chmyreva<br /> Monique di Maso<br /> Jeanne Evert<br /> Patty Fendick<br /> Gigi Fernandez<br /> Barbara Jordan<br /> Ann Kiyomura<br /> Betsy Nagelsen<br /> Eva Pfaff<br /> Joanne Russell<br /> Kazuko Sawamatsu<br /> Naoko Sawamatsu<br /> Pam Teeguarden<br /> Sharon Walsh-Pete<br /> Robin White<br />[/list=a][/list=a]

Volcana
Dec 14th, 2001, 03:43 PM
2nite I'll frustrate myself with this.

Gandalf
Dec 14th, 2001, 04:19 PM
1-Chanda Rubin<br />2-Martina Hingis??<br />3-Billie Jean King<br />4- <img src="redface.gif" border="0"> I don't know!. But my wishful thinking tells me it is Schett.<br />5-EVERYONE-LOVES-CHANDA-BECAUSE-SHE-GIVES-THE-MONEY<br />6-Arancha S. Vicario and Lindsay Davenport<br />7-Arancha S. Vicario, 10. <br />8-Davenport, 10.<br />9-Navratilova in WB'94, 37 years and 9 months. <br />10-Navratilova, 22 years.<br />11-Navratilova, 80 times.<br />12-Evert, 75 times. <br />13-Evert, 70 times. <br />14-Graf, 40 times. <br />15-Davenport, 41 times.<br />16-Seles, 8. <br />17-Court, 12.<br />18-Evert, 18.<br />19-Navratilova, 21.<br />20-Evert, 20.<br />21- No idea, so:<br />1-No<br />2-Yes<br />3-Yes<br />4-Yes<br />5-No<br />6-No<br />7-No<br />8-Yes<br />9-Yes<br />10-Yes<br />11-Yes<br />12-No<br />13-No<br />14-Yes<br />15-No<br />16-Yes<br />17-No<br />18-Yes<br />19-No<br />20-No

I will be happy if I get to 10 points.

DoctorG
Dec 14th, 2001, 05:38 PM
The only one I'm sure is the yes for #5 of #21: Wimbledon 1991. I made a research about Sandra when Silvia Farina was seeded at this year's Wimbledon exactly a decade after. <img src="smile.gif" border="0">

Brian Stewart
Dec 15th, 2001, 12:39 PM
You'll be happy, Gandalf. With a couple of half-credits, you scored 22 (out of a possible 100). I'm not going to say which ones you got right. (That would spoil the fun.) I will say that you nearly reached your 10 point goal in question 21 alone.

Doctor G has 1 point. <img src="smile.gif" border="0">

You are both welcome to try to improve your scores.

Brian Stewart
Dec 15th, 2001, 12:46 PM
Oh, and a point of clarification. The note for question #1 only applies to questions 1 and 2.

For questions 15-20, if a player skips a slam, it ends her string. I'm counting slams held for those questions.

BTW, a behind the scenes note: when I put the questions together, I only had the answers for questions 1-5 and 21 at hand. I had the data to tabulate the answers for the others, but didn't have the exact answers calculated yet. I figured it would be better that way, so I don't pick a lot of questions that feature certain players over other players. I have since calculated all the answers, and there were some surprises. <img src="smile.gif" border="0">

Gandalf
Dec 17th, 2001, 07:39 AM
<img src="smile.gif" border="0"> That's great!. Thanks a lot, Brian!!. The thing is, I answered many of thequestions at random, so I don't think I'll be able to improve my score.

saki
Dec 17th, 2001, 10:24 AM
1. Chanda Rubin<br />2. Martina Navratilova<br />3. Martina Navratilova<br />4. clearly I wasn't paying attention!<br />5. ?<br />6. Sanchez-Vicario, Chris Evert<br />7. Sanchez-Vicario #10<br />8. ?<br />9. Navratilova, Wimbledon 1994 aged 38yrs<br />10. Navratilova, 19 years?<br />11. Navratilova, about 78 times<br />12. Chris Evert, about 70times<br />13. Evert again? about 65 times<br />14. Steffi Graf, about 38 times<br />15. Evert, about 20 times<br />16. Graf, 9<br />17. ?<br />18. Evert, 18<br />19. Navratilova, 22<br />20. Graf? 16

21.<br />no<br />yes<br />yes<br />no <br />yes<br />yes<br />no<br />no <br />no<br />yes<br />yes<br />no<br />yes<br />yes<br />yes<br />no<br />yes<br />no<br />yes<br />yes

Argh, this was harder than it looked. I expect I've done badly. Never mind. <img src="smile.gif" border="0">

Brian Stewart
Dec 17th, 2001, 03:28 PM
Well, SK, with 2-point half credits for questions in which you got part of them right, you totalled 30 points, which puts you in the lead. You also got most of them right for question 21.

BTW, the ones I asked to temporarily sit out are now free to join in. Olly olly oxen free. <img src="smile.gif" border="0">

Brian Stewart
Dec 19th, 2001, 03:27 PM
No one can beat 30 points? Tsk, tsk. <br />On Friday, I'll reveal which questions have been answered correctly (but not necessarily by whom <img src="smile.gif" border="0"> ).

Anyone care to (re)try?

Brian Stewart
Dec 21st, 2001, 02:10 PM
It's Friday, and as promised, I'll tell you which questions have been answered correctly (though not necessarily by whom).

# 1.

7 of the other 19 have been partially answered.

For #21, 16 of the 20 have been answered correctly.

Now you have some hint to build on. Time for some more guesses. We don't want to lose our title as most knowledgable tennis board. <img src="smile.gif" border="0">

Gandalf
Dec 21st, 2001, 05:43 PM
Ok, I try again with some of them.

2-Monica Seles

3-Margaret Court

4-I try again...Iva Majoli (don't ask me why)

6-Arancha S. Vicario

17-Evert

18-Graf

19-King

20-Navratilova

Sorry, I have no clue about the number of times of the others, or about question 21.

Brian Stewart
Dec 22nd, 2001, 04:54 PM
Gandalf is now up to 24 points.

Rollo
Dec 23rd, 2001, 09:42 AM
Tough ones Brian <img src="smile.gif" border="0"> <br />Thanks for the mesage-I've been too afraid to tackle all these tough questions, but here goes!<br />I'm guessing on some--

1. Rubin<br />2. Rubin<br />3. Wade<br />4. Navratilova<br />5. Peanuts<br />6. Sanchez Vicario and Davenport<br />7. Davenport,from #1 to #10<br />8. Ruzici has 12 (not confident on this one)<br />9. King, at 38 years and 211 days(7 months)<br />10. Navratilova, 20 years, from 1974 to 1994<br />11.Navratilova? 60 times<br />12. Navratilova 60 times<br />13. Navratilova 58 times<br />14. Graf 30 times<br />15. Sanchez 43 times<br />16. Hingis 19 times<br />17. Sanchez?<br />18. Sanchez<br />19. Navratilova<br />20. Navratilova

21. Leslie Allen-yes<br /> Bartkowitz-no<br /> Basuki-no<br /> Blout-no<br /> Cecchini-yes<br />Chymreva-yes<br />Mas--no<br />J.Evert-yes<br />Fendick-yes<br />Gigi Fernandez-yes<br />B.Jordan-no<br />Kiyomura-no<br />Nagelson-no<br />Pfaff-no<br />Russell-no<br />N.Sawamatsu-yes<br />her auntie Kazuko also yes<br />Teegarden-no<br />Walsh-yes<br />R.White-no

Brian Stewart
Dec 23rd, 2001, 03:21 PM
We have a new leader! Rollo has 51 points. (Which I may bump to 53; he was really close on one second part of a question.) Once we get a few more people answering, I'll update the list of questions that have been answered correctly.

Brian Stewart
Dec 26th, 2001, 06:04 PM
Last call. I'll give the answers on Friday. Any more takers?

Brian Stewart
Dec 28th, 2001, 05:34 PM
Surprised our resident tennis-meisters didn't try this a few times. As promised, here are the answers:

1. Chanda Rubin<br />2. Chanda Rubin <br />3. Althea Gibson. Notice I asked "entered", not "played". Althea entered the 1973 US Open qualifying at the age of 46, but wound up withdrawing.<br />4. Selima Sfar<br />5. The "Smile Belt"

6. Arantxa Sanchez-Vicario<br />7. Arantxa Sanchez-Vicario, who's held each of the top 11 seeding posiitons.<br />8. Arantxa Sanchez-Vicario and Zina Garrison each have held 13 of the top 16 seeding positions. Arantxa held all but 12, 15, and 16; Zina held all but 1, 2, and 15.<br />9. Billie Jean King was seeded 7 at the 1983 Australian Open, a week after her 40th birthday.<br />10. Martina Navratilova, who was first seeded at the 1974 French Open, and last seeded at 1994 Wimbledon, a period of 20 years, 1 month.

11. Martina Navratilova, 60 times.<br />12. Martina Navratilova, 60 times.<br />13. Martina Navratilova, 57 times.<br />14. Steffi Graf, 29 times.<br />15. Arantxa Sanchez-Vicario, 43 straight times.

16. Steffi Graf, 14 in a row.<br />17. Zina Garrison, 12 straight. (Skipping over 1986, when there was no tourney.)<br />18. Arantxa Sanchez-Vicario and Steffi Graf, 13 straight.<br />19. Martina Navratilova, 20 straight.<br />20. Martina Navratilova, 19 straight.

21. Were they ever seeded at a slam?<br />1. Leslie Allen- no<br />2. Jane "Peaches" Bartkowicz- no (not 100% positive on this. only 95%. <img src="smile.gif" border="0"> )<br />3. Yayuk Basuki- no<br />4. Rene Blount- yes<br />5. Sandra Cecchini- yes<br />6. Natasha Chmyreva- yes<br />7. Monique di Maso- yes<br />8. Jeanne Evert- yes<br />9. Patty Fendick- yes<br />10. Gigi Fernandez- yes<br />11. Barbara Jordan- yes<br />12. Ann Kiyomura- yes<br />13. Betsy Nagelsen- yes<br />14. Eva Pfaff- yes<br />15. Joanne Russell- yes<br />16. Kazuko Sawamatsu- yes<br />17. Naoko Sawamatsu- yes<br />18. Pam Teeguarden- no<br />19. Sharon Walsh-Pete- yes<br />20. Robin White- yes