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andrewbroad
Jan 30th, 2005, 12:13 PM
A wooden-spoon list is a way of ranking the players in a tournament, based purely on who beats whom.

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 the Australian Open 2005:

1. SERENA WILLIAMS (7)
2. LINDSAY DAVENPORT (1)
3. MARIA SHARAPOVA (4)
4. NATHALIE DECHY (19)
5. AMELIE MAURESMO (2)
6. ALICIA MOLIK (10)
7. SVETLANA KUZNETSOVA (5)
8. PATTY SCHNYDER (12)
9. NADIA PETROVA (11)
10. KAROLINA SPREM (13)
11. SILVIA FARINA ELIA (15)
12. ANASTASIA MYSKINA (3)
13. Evgenia Linetskaya
14. VENUS WILLIAMS (8)
15. Vera Douchevina
16. ELENA DEMENTIEVA (6)
17. Sania Mirza (WC)
18. Nicole Vaidisova
19. Na Li
20. FRANCESCA SCHIAVONE (14)
21. Ana Ivanovic
22. Tatiana Panova
23. Mariana Diaz-Oliva
24. Abigail Spears
25. MAGDALENA MALEEVA (22)
26. ELENA LIKHOVTSEVA (18)
27. Elena Baltacha (Q)
28. LISA RAYMOND (25)
29. AMY FRAZIER (21)
30. ANNA SMASHNOVA (27)
31. Anna-Lena Groenefeld
32. DANIELA HANTUCHOVA (26)
33. Dally Randriantefy
34. Michaela Pastikova
35. Lindsay Lee-Waters
36. Mashona Washington
37. Dinara Safina
38. Aiko Nakamura (Q)
39. Marion Bartoli
40. Michaella Krajicek (Q)
41. Sophie Ferguson (WC)
42. Tathiana Garbin
43. Marta Domachowska
44. Tzipora Obziler
45. Martina Sucha
46. Shuai Peng
47. VERA ZVONAREVA (9)
48. Anna Chakvetadze
49. Petra Mandula
50. JELENA KOSTANIC (31)
51. SHINOBU ASAGOE (28)
52. Tatiana Perebiynis
53. Maria Kirilenko
54. JELENA JANKOVIC (23)
55. GISELA DULKO (29)
56. TATIANA GOLOVIN (20)
57. Alina Jidkova
58. Evie Dominikovic (WC)
59. Stephanie Cohen-Aloro
60. Klara Koukalova
61. Denisa Chladkova
62. Tamarine Tanasugarn
63. FABIOLA ZULUAGA (17)
64. Barbara Schett
65. Camille Pin
66. Conchita Martinez
67. Sesil Karatancheva (Q)
68. Emmanuelle Gagliardi
69. Samantha Stosur
70. Anabel Medina Garrigues
71. Jessica Kirkland (Q)
72. Yuliana Fedak
73. Virginie Razzano
74. Monique Adamczak (WC)
75. Julia Schruff
76. Kveta Peschke
77. Lubomira Kurhajcova
78. Eleni Daniilidou
79. Jill Craybas
80. Alyona Bondarenko
81. Cindy Watson (WC)
82. Maria Vento-Kabchi
83. Laura Granville
84. Marta Marrero
85. IVETA BENESOVA (32)
86. Antonella Serra Zanetti
87. Saori Obata
88. Meghann Shaughnessy
89. Magui Serna
90. Sanda Mamic
91. Katarina Srebotnik
92. Anastasiya Yakimova (Q)
93. Marissa Irvin
94. Maria Sanchez Lorenzo
95. Severine Beltrame
96. Akiko Morigami
97. Zuzana Ondraskova (Q)
98. Anne Kremer
99. Zsofia Gubacsi (Q)
100. Catalina Castano
101. Jie Zheng
102. Angela Haynes (Q)
103. Claudine Schaul
104. Stephanie Foretz
105. Nuria Llagostera Vives
106. Marlene Weingartner
107. Ting Li (Q)
108. Emilie Loit
109. AI SUGIYAMA (16)
110. Maria Elena Camerin
111. Nannan Liu (Q)
112. Arantxa Parra Santonja
113. FLAVIA PENNETTA (30)
114. Casey Dellacqua (WC)
115. Anca Barna
116. Capucine Rousseau (WC)
117. Aniko Kapros
118. Nicole Pratt
119. Kristina Brandi
120. Ludmila Cervanova
121. Virginia Ruano Pascual
122. Mara Santangelo
123. MARY PIERCE (24)
124. Meilen Tu (Q)
125. Silvija Talaja
126. Barbora Strycova
127. Selima Sfar
128. Tiffany Welford (WC)

So Tiffany Welford has the dubious honour of being the wooden-spoonist of the Australian Open 2005 - she's at the end of the longest losing chain.

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
* US Open 2004: Stephanie Cohen-Aloro

* Australian Open 2005: Tiffany Welford

Join the Wooden-Spoon Yahoo! Group to receive future wooden-spoon lists by email as they are published, and for photos of all the wooden-spoonists:
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/woodenspoon/

--
Dr. Andrew Broad
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