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SpikeyAidanm
Feb 14th, 2005, 12:51 PM
WEEK #1 : OLD HABITS NEVER DIE

The 2005 PAW class is underway, and it seems like that month and half break is over in a flash. And old habits never die... now with 4 titles within the span of 5 months, perhaps Mr_Molik is the real deal, period. Or maybe a tad of luck was involved, 2 titles, both Zurich and the Gold Coast, the Tasmanian relied heavily on PAWing his favourite player (Molik, and this week Stosur). Nevertheless, check out the Aussie’s latest streak of extraordinary results:

Forest Hills... 1st
US Open........ 9th
Bali........... 55th
Beijing........ 1st
Guangzhou...... 20th
Filderstadt.... 19th
Tashkent....... 7th
Zurich......... 1st
Luxembourg..... 6th
Philadelphia... 15th
Gold Coast..... 1st

WEEK 1 CHAMPIONS

GOLD COAST, AUSTRALIA (III-HO)

F: Mr_Molik [7] bt. glcacic 143 pts - 132 pts
SF: Ranadalara (3rd) & piomil (4th)

AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND (IV-HO)

F: speedster_ [7] bt. JohnnyWeirFan 125 pts – 121 pts
SF: CooCooCachoo & PointBlank (3rd)

HOPMAN CUP, AUSTRALIA (HI)

F: Great Britain [1] bt. Singapore [4] 155 pts – 121 pts
SF: Australia [2] (3rd) & Canada (4th)


==PLAYER AWARDS==

PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Mr_Molik

In an era where it is so hard to dominate in PAW, the just turned 16 year old Australian has got the repertoire to become the best player Australia has ever produced. Picked solidly all week – despite missing Day 1... was able to pick the necessary big pointers (Stosur & Karatantcheva) and avoid some others (Li over Petrova).

RISERS: andrew_uk & jrm

Both had terrific 2004 seasons, both debuted in Canberra 12 months ago, both are friends and both impressed on Week 1. Jrm came 7th in the Gold Coast despite picking “Barna over Pin” and was able to save picks with faith in Schnyder. Whilst Andrew_uk shined in the Hopman Cup alongside raquel.

SURPRISE: Buitenzorg

After a miserable 2004 finish, Buitenzorg who is known for being the pace maker in PAW, who usually attains a high position early on before dropping... picked more considerably and impressed with a 6th place showing in the Gold Coast.

VETERAN: speedster_

Anyone with around 2 years experience in PAW is classified a veteran and now with 5 titles, Indonesia’s speedster_ didn’t hold back when it counted with “Srebotnik over Asagoe” being a decisive winning pick in Auckland.

NEWCOMERS: piomil & JohnnyWeirFan

After 6 tournaments, JohnnyWeirFan now sits at #122 on the rankings after placing 2nd in Auckland, here is some much needed raw American talent. Poland too is attracting a legend of newcomers and piomil’s 4th place on debut shows us kafelek potential.

FALLERS: SpikeyAidanm & bionic71

Both were expected to perform well but looked a bit worn out despite the long off-season. SpikeyAidanm finished a miserable 35th in the Gold Coast and 5th seed bionic71 disappointed with a 19th showing in Auckland. It’s not easy being the same player with so much more talent around.

==Best PAW's of the week==

1. andrew_uk: Krajicek/Wessels over Shaughnessy/Blake [50]

Krajicek and Wessels have little experience in doubles but why not grab 50 points when there’s a shot, a defining pick for Team Great Britain.

2. Mr_Molik: Stosur over Sprem [17]

Not necessarily an obvious pick this one, sure Stosur was 2-0 against her but it’s not easy to repeat a victory a year later at the same venue. Not a really popular pick this one either – so these 17 points were gold.

3. speedster_: Srebotnik over Asagoe [14]

Only 8 people end up PAWing the final, and only 3 of them go for the 14 and Srebotnik. Risky decision but speedster_ obviously went with the flow that Srebotnik is usually either hot or cold and was hot this week, despite the Auckland rain!

4. Mr_Molik: Golovin over Safina [8] & Golovin over Pennetta [8]

These two 8-pointers are more important than you think, when you consider their signficance after the league table is shuffled each day, both went to 3 sets but smart picking here by Mr_Molik by going for Golovin on both occasions.

5. JohnnyWeirFan: Santangelo over Daniilidou [15]

Only 6 people picked this one, Mara had a horrendous end to 2004 but did beat Daniilidou at the Aussie Open. But it would be a tough task to knock a 2 time defending champ off here, but a smart pick, 15 points that gave the American momentum to reach the final.

>==QUOTE-BOOK==<

“Where is paellapan?”

My PAW reminds me of skiing - always good at intermediate splits but fading towards the finish.

What's up with those predictions with Mr Molik? He's hype!

thank you Harry Hopman.

It's amazing how a single day you can't come to the PC can crack your aspirations, isn't it?

==Week #1 Take Away==

Have a favourite? PAW her all the way... it has obviously worked twice for Mr_Molik.

SpikeyAidanm
Feb 14th, 2005, 01:21 PM
WEEK #2 : TAKE A RISK, TAKE A CHANCE, MAKE A CHANGE AND BREAK AWAY

T he whole concept of PAW is kinda mind boggling because it's abbreviation pick-a-winner doesn't really equate to how the game is played. In reality, PAW actually doesn't award the best “Pick A Winner” player because... then the Sydney title would have gone to S-T-E-V-E who was flawless with a 12-0 W/L finish. But the catch is... forget neat and tiny correct predictions, it’s all about how many points (yes "juiciness" is a requirement) you accumulate… so despite S-T-E-VE showing better prediction skills, nitsansh gets the 195 rankings points for first place in Sydney – for.. well.. uh ... predicting a few upsets, but big ones nonetheless.

Anyway we all know the importance of one freak pick, take crazillo’s Garbin shocker which virtually won him Roland Garros. Here are some more of what I like to call “Breakaway PAW’s” – those that hardly anyone picks because the chances of them actually happening are well...negligible.

Silva over Schruff – bgbgbg (Estoril)
Schaul over Davenport – Lee-Waters’ Boy (Strasbourg)
Garbin over Henin-Hardenne – crazillo (Roland Garros)
Peng over Myskina – nitsansh (Sydney)

WEEK 2 CHAMPIONS

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA (II-HO)

F: nitsansh bt. geegables 124 pts – 117 pts
SF: DaNieLa_RoCkZ & Nathan27 (3rd)

CANBERRA, AUSTRALIA (V-HO)

F: AlexSydney [4] bt. jrm [1] 107 pts – 98 pts
SF: Guritna (3rd) & rrfnpump [5] (4th)

HOBART, AUSTRALIA (V-HO)

F: vma def. dab2035 127 pts – 117 pts
SF: CooCooCachoo (3rd) & marcobarella/The NextSabatini (4th)


==PLAYER AWARDS==

PLAYER OF THE WEEK: nitsansh

Always PAWed behind the shadow of compatriots Nir and oren987. Maybe 2005 will be his breakout year. Also becomes the oldest champion since WTA Handicapper's US Open fairytale. You don’t need speed to be a good PAWer, it’s all in the braincells.

RISERS: dab2035 & DaNieLa_RoCkZ

US Fed Cup 2005 squad looking very promising now, both Americans playing in their 1st and 3rd tournament respectively and end up high on the table. Dab2035 coming 2nd in Hobart and DaNieLa_RoCkZ – 4th in Sydney. Add in JohnnyWeirFan who had another solid week, and it looks like the defected PAW players born in the US (Rtael) won’t be needed at all.

SURPRISE: Nathan27

Where was he on week 1? Doesn’t matter... with pressure of a final to defend, Nathan27 used up his picks early – including a Peng over Petrova bonus. Last week it was Ranadalara defending a 2nd with a 3rd, and now Nathan27 follows suit in Sydney.

VETERAN: marcobarella

Commitments are glued to lower tiers, but that’s not a bad thing when you're consistent week in a week out. Another tournament, another semi-final in Hobart for the experienced Italian-Portuguese-Israeli-Thai.

NEWCOMER: vma

Another Pole to watch out for. Two tournaments and a title already, and then there’s bbypk who’s played for 3 years and is still searching.

FALLERS: SpikeyAidanm & korben

Miserable showing from the Australian in Sydney, whilst korben who played all 4 slams last year (where he finished top 20 in each) and practically played nothing else apart from a title in Casablanca, ruined his reputation of being the player that never has a bad tournament – when he finished 18th in Hobart.

==Best PAW's of the week==

1. nitsansh: Peng over Myskina [30]

Only two others PAWed it, but both (sesilfan & Elisse) didn’t seize the importance of such a pick. Nitsansh’s follow-up of Peng over Petrova was the writing on the wall.

2. dab2035: Dellacqua over Jidkova [27]

Not a popular pick but good thinking here from dab2035. Dellacqua obviously has been match toughened via the intensive Australian summer training champ and Jidkova albeit already warming up in Auckland obviously was still a bit vulnerable. Nearly a Breakaway PAW, this one.

3. geegables: Peng over Petrova [23]

Not really one many took a gamble on, some up high even did Petrova over Peng. Seemed that a lot assumed Myskina tanked her 2r match and usually once a player beats a big seed, they collapse afterwards (eg Chakvetadze over Myskina at the US Open – then loses to Daniilidou). Well smart tactics here from geegables, whose late 2004 momentum continues to build into bigger and better things.

4. AlexSydney: Czink over Randriantefy [14]

Czink was a wreck in 2004, obviously AlexSydney gave her a shot after her promising previous week in the Gold Coast qualies, smart pick that won, also a thriller with Melinda saving 3 match points.

5. vma: Zheng over Koukalova [13]

Koukalova has made 5 WTA finals but has yet to win one, seemed like vma was able to forecast Hobart wouldn’t be her maiden one. Smart picking as it could have been tempting to go for Koukalova for the 8.

>==QUOTE-BOOK==<

Singapore paw players are so well in 2004 as Russian tennis girls!

Fact of PAW: The day you choose to play it safe, all the seeded players bow out.

FACT of PAW: how come the retired player is always the one i picked in PAW?

it’s difficult to combine playing with running the Tour.

Don't worry dab, we're in the same boat... let's just enjoy the play.


**2005 PAW FINALISTS**

Title Winners by Rank:

#21 ... Mr_Molik (Gold Coast)
#27 ... speedster_ (Auckland)
#34 ... AlexSydney (Canberra)
#62 ... nitsansh (Sydney)
#189 .. vma (Hobart)

Runner-ups by Rank:

#20 ... jrm (Canberra)
#36 ... geegables (Sydney)
#142 .. JohnnyWeirFan (Auckland)
#171 .. –RoddicksGame- (Gold Coast)
NR..... dab2035 (Hobart)

Average Rank of Champions: #67
Average Rank of Runner-ups: #123

Current World #67: butch
Current World #123: nave 2

2005 Finalists by Country:

3.. Australia (2 wins)
3.. United States (0 wins)
1.. Indonesia (1 win)
1.. Israel (1 win)
1.. Poland (1 win)
1.. Slovenia (0 wins)

Match Points saved en route to title

3... AlexSydney


**Did you Know**

The AlexSydney – jrm Canberra final is only the 4th all seeded final since seeds were introduced late 2003. For the record the 4th seed has won on three occasions (petosp in Dubai, mypapa_je in YEC and now AlexSydney in Canberra.)

==Week #2 Take Away==

Don’t expect a tournament where the favourite always wins, there has to be an upset, even if it’s only one.

SpikeyAidanm
Feb 14th, 2005, 01:41 PM
WEEK 3 : FROM BRITAIN WITH LOVE

WEEK 3 CHAMPIONS

AUSTRALIAN OPEN, AUSTRALIA (GS-HO)

F: andrew_uk [15] bt. broncosven 267 pts – 263 pts
SF: Pintaled [10] (3rd) & V-lix (4th)

T he all too familiar phrase “Third Time Lucky” no longer became a destiny at the People’s Slam – the Australian Open. Fate had been against andrew_uk, at the past two Grand Slams, where he played somewhat hesitantly albeit a good fortnight. Urged on by the lowering of his odds, sometimes proving someone wrong can be a satisfying emotion, let’s check out andrew_uk’s daily odds and compare them to runner-up broncosven.

.................andrew_uk.............broncosven

Pre-Tourn........66-1..................No Odds...
Day 1...........*12-1..................14-1......
Day 2............16-1..................12-1......
Day 3............*9-1..................10-1......
Day 4............10-1..................*8-1......
Day 5............12-1..................*7-1......
Day 6............No Odds...............*2-1......
Day 7............No Odds...............*1-2......
Day 8............3-1....................5-1......
Day 9............*1-2...................5-1......
Day 10...........*4-7...................4-1......

*-indicates events favourite

And that was the story of the 'andrew_uk – broncosven confrontation' in a nut shell, solid starts from both, with broncosven looking extremely sharp mid week with his “Sprem over Likhovtseva” and “Mirza over Mandula” double, but after two days without odds... andrew_uk gives himself a chance by risking two big pointers, with both winning and giving him 32 points from 2 picks. The tournament was virtually his after that day.

==PLAYER AWARDS==

PLAYER OF THE FORTNIGHT: andrew_uk

Gave himself sheer high expectations in the goals thread, but this Brit knows how to walk the walk. After a 3rd, and a 7th in the last 2 Grand Slams, andrew_uk sure knows how to gruel it out with 26 picks.

RISER: broncosven

The Olympic silver medalist has always been labeled the guy that is talented but is too lazy to succeed. Let those labelers hide their faces, with broncosven becoming the first ever Australian to reach an Aussie Open final.

SURPRISES: thekimfan & Nir

Both were injured during last year’s indoor stretch, but didn’t waste any time in kicking off their 2005 seasons... finishing 7th and 8th respectively. Moreover for Nir, an important event to recapture confidence, after his rank fell from a career high #8 to a rock bottom #40.

VETERAN: Pintaled

Grand slam mastermind notches career best result – has she got the game to best the best female PAWer ever?

NEWCOMERS: Dan23 & JohnnyWeirFan

Dan23 got a last minute wildcard and didn’t show any signs of inexperience, although his last pick of “Davenport over Dechy” could have been saved for a more fruitful final total. Still, an excellent week from the Man from Perth. JohnnyWeirFan looked to emulate WTA Handicapper feat of being the one that uses up all their picks early on but still hangs on ... it seemed to work with a total of 87 points from 7 PAW’s on day 3. As great as this seemed, using up picks is always a dangerous tactic... but one which earned him 5th spot.

DOWN: Hantuchov & bbypk

A culmination of stress and more important life priorities has taken Hantuchov’s mind off PAW and it showed with a disappointing 96th finish, even more eye catching was defending semi-finalist bbypk’s 110th finish – we wonder what was on his mind when he picked “Frazier over Linetskaya.”

==Best PAW’s of the week==

1&2. andrew_uk: Dechy over Myskina [18] & Schnyder over Dementieva [14]

Both were risks with both Myskina and Dementieva winning their last head-to-head matchup, but account for the unpredictability of both Russians alongside the swithering heat in Melbourne, and there lies a potential upset. Wow, but to see someone so high up in the league table take such an extreme risk ... deserves more than credit.

3. andrew_uk: Baltacha over Srebotnik [17]

It’s not easy to PAW against a player who has a winning streak. Srebotnik on a high after Auckland, though idle last week, whilst Baltacha mounted her little winning streak of her own in qualifying. Patriotism helped this PAW, Baltacha was one of the least picked Qualifier to win round 1, this pick basically defined andrew_uk’s victory, no guts, no glory...

4. broncosven: Mirza over Mandula [15]

Hmm we thought the more obvious upsets on day 3, lay with “Li over Asagoe” and “Linetskaya over Sucha” – this one wasn’t really an obvious one for PAWers. Mirza had struggled versus Watson but did run away with the last 10 games, so that equates a more easy win, looks like broncosven was paying attention in that 1r match.

5. Pintaled: Dechy over Schnyder [12]

Originally picking the reverse but then replacing it proved a rewarding decision. Schnyder sure was the favourite in this match, but 2 SF’s in Melbourne in a row... it’s harder to do that than you think.

>==QUOTE-BOOK==<

a lesson to all Paw Tour members how to play a Tournament once in the Red Zone...not going to bed these last few nights!

We will be the Russia of PAW

it's very mathematical and very calculated (on PAW)

There is no such thing as a safe bet

== LISTS ==

Rankings of last 8 Slam Champs:

#15...... andrew_uk (Aus 05)
#20...... sandg (RG 03)
#30...... WTA Handicapper (US 04)
#88...... kimclijsters4ever (Wim 04)
#118..... crazillo (RG 04)
#128..... yucky (US 03)
#144..... aussie_stars (Wim 03)
#165..... Geoffry (Aus 04)

All-time Grand Slam Champs by Country:

2... Great Britain
2... Belgium
1... United States
1... Australia
1... Germany
1... Indonesia
1... Japan
1... Poland
1... Singapore
1... Unknown

One Slam wonders [Active players whose lone title is a Slam]

andrew_uk
aussie_stars
crazillo
yucky

Match Points saved en route to title

7... andrew_uk (Australian Open 05)
3... AlexSydney (Canberra 05)


**Did You know**

Not a single PAW player holds two Slams, after 12 Grand Slams have been completed.

==Week #3 Take Away==

Don’t presume if a player beats a player the previous tournament, they will repeat the next week – players usually recompose themselves after a loss especially if it’s a Slam. Classic example at the Aussie with Douchevina and Garbin planting revenge over Groenefeld and Weingartner respectively.

SpikeyAidanm
Feb 14th, 2005, 02:07 PM
WEEK 4 : THE TALE OF THREE FEMALES

The gender of one is so irrelevant these days that we tend to forget the significance of being a male or a female. Particularly with the anonymity of the Internet, most posters are unable to make judgments about the appearance of their fellow PAWers. Always in the shadow of the more dominant male PAW brigade, the women shined this week, completing a very neat clean sweep of 1-2-3.

2004/2005 Female PAWers in a final

WON... beauty_is_pink (Tokyo TPP 05)
LOST.. jrm (Canberra 05)
LOST.. Lady (Antwerp 04)
LOST.. mandy7 (Tokyo TPP 05]
LOST.. New (Tashkent 04)
WON... Pintaled (Seoul 04)
WON... Nicky2002 (Doha 04)
LOST.. raquel (Berlin 04)
WON... Zhao (Los Angeles 04)

WEEK 4 CHAMPIONS

TOKYO TPP, JAPAN (I-CI)

F: beauty_is_pink bt. mandy7 93 pts – 90 pts
SF: Pojana (3rd) & Milanissimo (4th)

PATTAYA CITY, THAILAND (IV-HO)

F: marcobarella drew with mypapa_je [1] 113 pts
SF: CooCooCachoo (3rd) & 416_Man/vma (4th)

==PLAYER AWARDS==

PLAYER OF THE WEEK: beauty_is_pink

Who said you need to use up the maximum PAW’s to win a title? Easier said than done but boy – some very impressive PAW’s made by the Canadian this week.

RISERS: CooCooCachoo & vma

Both excelled in Hobart but found the competition too fierce at the massive Aussie Open field... but rebounded well in Pattaya. CooCooCachoo now has three 3rd place finishes this year from 4 tournaments, quite a feat in itself, whilst vma is proving his Hobart title was no fluke.

SURPRISE: mandy7

Had rather mediocre tournaments to date, but suddenly immersed with an out of the blue runner-up finish in a Tier 1. Will need to prove she is no one tournament wonder however.

VETERAN: mypapa_je

What’s the World #2 doing a Tier IV? Well if you have the experience, coming 1st can still add to your best 17 ranking total. Mypapa_je’s 3rd title – and an important one after a dismal Aussie Open.

NEWCOMER: DaNieLa RoCkZ

The American is doing well in big tiers after also scoring high in Sydney. Now ranked inside the top 100 from 5 tournaments – another newbie to watch out for.

DOWN: Mr_Molik

Skipping the Australian Open wasn’t exactly the best decision - intentional or not, finding his competitors more match fit – Mr_Molik struggled to live up to his 3rd seed in Pattaya and finished 39th.

==Best PAW’s of the week==

1. beauty_is_pink: Asagoe over Dementieva [21]

The tournament was plagued with a lack of upsets. So, many were reluctant to go for this one even though Asagoe had home ground advantage and a previous win over Dementieva. Interestingly more PAWers went with Dementieva for the 5 than for Asagoe, which emphasizes the significance of this pick.

2. mypapa_je: Serna over Bartoli [16]

Serna has been on a rollercoaster downfall ever since being seeded 16th at the Aussie Open last year, she’s shrunk below the 100’s. Big gamble this one, but Bartoli can be topsy-turvey.

3. mandy7: Benesova over Jankovic [11]

Not exactly an easy decision this one. Jankovic hasn’t really lost her late 2004 form and Benesova hasn’t done anything spectacular recently. Less than 10 people PAWed Benesova, which gives mandy7 extra bravery recognition for making this PAW.

4. marcobarella: Martinez over Groenefeld [9]

Only three players had faith in the veteran Martinez, marcobarella could have given himself a shot of holding the title alone instead of sharing but used his conscience to pick Martinez. A fine pick to end off a fine week.

5. beauty_is_pink: Craybas over Panova [9]

Taking advantage of a player who is underrated is often a good decision in PAW.

>==QUOTE-BOOK==<

Tokyo is too predictable which actually is the problem

Me and Mandy proved that you don’t need to have 13 paw to finish in the top 2

I won Philadelphia with just 11 picks


== LISTS ==

Most top 10 finishes in 2005

4... JohnnyWeirFan
3... CooCooCachoo
3... marcobarella
3... speedster_
2... andrew_uk
2... broncosven
2... DaNieLa_RoCkZ
2... Edman
2... geegables
2... jrm
2... Nir
2... saab95
2... vma

Oldest PAW Champions

1. Sydney 2005 - nitsansh: 41 years, 5 months, 12 days
2. Pattaya 2005 - marcobarella: 27 Years, 7 months, 22 days

Youngest PAW Champions

1. Gold Coast 2005 - Mr_Molik: 16 years, 1 month, 16 days
2. Tokyo 2005 - beauty_is_pink: 17 years, 5 months, 8 days

Singles Winner by Seed

.........#1- (1)mypapa_je (Pattaya)
.........#4- (1)AlexSydney (Canberra)
.........#7- (2)Mr_Molik (Gold Coast), speedster_ (Auckland)
........#15– (1)andrew_uk (Australian Open)
...Unseeded- (4)nitsansh (Sydney), vma (Hobart), beauty_is_pink (Tokyo TPP), marcobarella (Pattaya)
..Wildcards- (0)

2005 Titles by Country

2... Australia
2... Indonesia
1... Canada
1... Great Britain
1... Israel
1... Poland
1... Thailand

First Time singles winner

nitsansh........ Sydney
vma............. Hobart
andrew_uk....... Australian Open
beauty_is_pink.. Tokyo TPP

==Week #4 Take Away==

Don't understand the power of PAW's worth less than 8 points.

SpikeyAidanm
Feb 14th, 2005, 02:24 PM
WEEK 5 : PERFECTION PERSONIFIED

After compiling an impeccable 11-0 win-loss record alongside 108 points, it looked as if it would be another French fairytale for crazillo. But renowned for unpredictable and mysterious things, the city of Paris turned out to be a nightmare finish for the German despite a near flawless week. First came his unavailability to finish with 13 PAW’s, then came his only incorrect pick – that turned his once memorable tournament into one to forget. Safina’s win over Mauresmo absolutely sent a cyclone muddling up the final league table. As a testament to the damage done, HotSpot was 2nd after the semis but fell all the way to 10th in the space of one PAW.

And so it was canuckfan, a Canadian hero who survived the disaster and ended up being one of the most convincing PAW title winners so far this season.

WEEK 5 CHAMPIONS

PARIS OGF, FRANCE (II-CI)

F: canuckfan bt. DaNieLa RoCkZ 150 pts – 136 pts
SF: Grice & mooSHORT (3rd)

HYDERABAD, INDIA (IV-HO)

F: efss [5] bt. nitsansh [7] 110 pts – 107 pts
SF: CooCooCachoo (3rd) & ~CANUCK~ [8] (4th)

==PLAYER AWARDS==

PLAYER OF THE WEEK: canuckfan

And now it’s safe to say canuckfan is the best Canadian PAWer ever. And it seems the Paris fans see him as one of their own.

RISERS: DaNieLa RoCkZ & mooSHORT

The American completed his 3rd top 5 finish this year (only CooCooCachoo has more), by reaching his premiere first tour final. Whilst mooSHORT is another promising young Canadian looking to follow the footsteps of canuckfan, finishing 3rd.

SURPRISE: efss

All of nitsansh’s competitors had already assumed he had won Hyderabad after his QF picks, out of no where efss comes and overtakes the Sydney winner at the last possible moment.

VETERAN: Grice

Is no longer the #1 Singaporean, but still uses that experience to bring out high podium finishes. Finished joint 3rd in Paris.

NEWCOMERS: dab2035 & LUXXXAS

Both players finished 5th in their respective tournaments, two names to watch out for in 2005.

DOWN: mypapa_je & speedster_

The Indonesian duo have already tasted tournament success this year, but crashed and burnt this week. Mypapa_je, fresh from a Pattaya title looked out of sorts by finishing 88th in Paris, whilst speedster_ shocked all with his 32nd finish in Hyderabad.

==Best PAW’s of the week==

1. canuckfan: Bartoli over Dechy [15]

A tournament winning pick, this one, not an obvious choice with Dechy being on a roll after Melbourne. Thumbs up for making such a move at boiling point.

2. efss: Mirza over Kirilenko [12]

Mirza is yet to be a familiar name amongst PAWers due to her inexperience in WTA tournaments, so this one was a risk, especially after Kirilenko looked like a rejuvenated player by beating Li. Make or break pick proved make.

3. DaNieLa RoCkZ: Golovin over Farina Elia [11]

The score line in the end may have looked like a white wash but Farina Elia was the bookies favourite. Nice comeback after his incorrect “Pierce over Mauresmo” 2r pick.

4. efss: Mirza over Zheng [15]

Most thought it was too soon for Mirza to be racking up big wins already, efss thought differently.

5. nitsansh: Kirilenko over Li [13]

Kirilenko was coming off a 7-6 in the 3rd cliffhanger win over Santangelo whilst Li had looked brutal in both early rounds. With the majority PAWing Li for a safe 8 points, nitsansh stood out from the rest of the pack with this pick.

<==QUOTE-BOOK==>

he made one mistake for the last minute (on nitsansh)

I'm still surprised that only a few players picked Bartoli, because it was clear that Dechy struggled against Kostanic who couldn’t win a match to save her life these days.

The dumb idiot I am didn't realize that I had it won and I was in fact going to paw Mauresmo

== LISTS ==

2005 all-Seeded Finals:

Canberra.... AlexSydney [4] bt. jrm [1]
Hyderabad... efss [5] bt. nitsansh [7]

Most convincing 2005 PAW tournament wins

14 pts.... canuckfan def. DaNieLa RoCkZ (Paris OGF)
11 pts.... 7-Mr_Molik def. –RoddicksGame- (Gold Coast)
10 pts.... vma def. dab2035 (Hobart)
9 pts..... 4-AlexSydney def. 1-jrm (Canberra)
7 pts..... nitsansh def. geegables (Sydney)

2005 Titles by Country

3... Indonesia
2... Australia
2... Canada
1... Great Britain
1... Israel
1... Poland
1... Thailand

2005 Finals by Country

4... Australia
4... United States
3... Indonesia
2... Canada
2... Israel
1... Great Britain
1... Netherlands
1... Poland
1... Slovenia
1... Thailand

USA’s dismal record in 2005 finals

-RoddicksGame- lost to Mr_Molik in the... Gold Coast
JohnnyWeirFan lost to speedster_ in...... Auckland
dab2035 lost to vma in................... Hobart
DaNieLa RoCkZ lost to canuckfan in....... Paris OGF

Most top 10 finishes in 2005

4... JohnnyWeirFan
4... CooCooCachoo
3... marcobarella
3... andrew_uk
3... DaNieLa_RoCkZ
3... speedster_


**Did You know**

All nitsansh had to do was to copy efss' final pick and the Hyderabad title would be his...hmmm... we presume he had to go offline before the final...

==Week #5 Take Away==

Players that usually come on the brink of losing a match, experience a second life and usually capitalise on their luck in the next round... (Kirilenko & Safina winning after nearly looking down and out against Santangelo and Golovin respectively).

nitsansh
Feb 14th, 2005, 07:04 PM
All nitsansh had to do was to copy efss' final pick and the Hyderabad title would be his...hmmm... we presume he had to go offline before the final...


No... I was actually online during the final, rooting for Alyona...
I wanted to have a challenge, and call the lost shot myself... that was fun, even though it failed, so I don't regret it... and I won in Marseille (ATP) so it was a very good week for me...

DaNieLa RoCkZ
Feb 14th, 2005, 07:26 PM
Nice commentary Spikey.. its nice to see my name up there a few times lol.. :lol:

broncosven
Feb 14th, 2005, 09:45 PM
Awesome . . . . Brillant . . . . Fantasic !!!! :worship: :worship:

kfh_9118
Feb 14th, 2005, 09:52 PM
Awesome . . . . Brillant . . . . Fantasic !!!! :worship: :worship:



I second that

:worship: Spikey :worship:

Wiggly
Feb 14th, 2005, 11:01 PM
Best thread in PAW (after PAW-Canada) ;) :lol:

the jamierbelyea
Feb 15th, 2005, 12:33 AM
Genious post.

SpikeyAidanm
Feb 15th, 2005, 12:53 AM
From next week onwards the weekbook will also feature predictions.

blerr
Feb 15th, 2005, 01:57 AM
Love it. Thanks Spikey;)

efss
Feb 15th, 2005, 02:02 AM
woww... great review from Spikey !!!!! :D

Two thumbs up for you!!!!!!:worship: :worship:

Dave B
Feb 15th, 2005, 04:46 AM
Wow, this is awesome! And I am so flattered to be on it! Although I really think I am just lucky :)

Hayato
Feb 15th, 2005, 04:50 AM
Amazing work Aidan, i assume this is instead of a PAW Magazine? :awww: :hug:

:wavey:

petey_pan
Feb 15th, 2005, 12:45 PM
Aidys you knock my socks off lol..... ( I really dont think that made any sense lol) i hope my name is up there soon - 110 this week! lol

WTA Handicapper
Feb 15th, 2005, 11:47 PM
Great stuff Aidan.

Captain.Canada
Feb 20th, 2005, 09:03 PM
Excellent thread.
Well-written and very interesting!
Keep up the good work! :)

Ravsieg
Feb 20th, 2005, 10:13 PM
Brilliant. :D Interesting enough to have the unpatient me reading all that! :D Congrats on the writing, Spikey!

SpikeyAidanm
Feb 21st, 2005, 02:05 PM
WEEK 6 : AMERICA – THE NEW SUPERPOWER OF PAW?

The star-spangled banner has flown itself high whether it be in world politics, producing WTA players or by being a leading superpower in the world... but in PAW... well, America has never really lived up to it’s reputation as a super nation.

There was silent140, still active although a former shadow of his Madrid-Stanford double two years ago, and then there is Lee-Waters’ Boy, who won 2 titles last year but basically did nothing else. These somewhat fluky results symbolize the lack of dedication the PAWers from America have displayed, even the outspoken j_dementieva27 quit PAW last year.

What a difference a year makes.

Week #6 in 2005, 2 American Champions, 1 Semi-Finalist & another who finished 13th in Antwerp. All of these Stars from the States were not active 12 months ago. Changing of the guard? – I think so.

WEEK 6 CHAMPIONS

ANTWERP, BELGIUM (II-HI)

F: adachi bt. Evaczov [WC] / Hantuchov [2] 117 pts – 111 pts
SF: Duleml (4th)

MEMPHIS, UNITED STATES (III-HO)

F: bionic71 [4] drew with JohnnyWeirFan 120 pts
SF: HotSpot (3rd) & Cosmopolitan/dab2035 (4th)

BOGOTA, COLOMBIA (III-CO)

F: Babolatpro880 bt. Williams_Rulez 145 pts – 140 pts
SF: AGUSTIN (3rd) & Pczczelny (4th)

==PLAYER AWARDS==

PLAYER OF THE WEEK: adachi

The most convincing winner of all 4 champs this week, won by a margin of 6 points over a runner-up duo in Antwerp. First PAW title to a Chinese player, ever.

RISERS: JohnnyWeirFan & likeaprayer

Second “5th” finish for the Frenchman, who alongside améliemomo look to finally show PAW the talent that lies in France. Whilst JohnnyWeirFan wins his much deserved first PAW title.

SURPRISE: Hantuchov

First big result since the US Open last year, finally the last year’s “Player of the Year” looks settled and back.

VETERANS: bionic71 & Williams_Rulez

Title number #5 for bionic71, and he never really looked in contention all week. PAW great Williams_Rulez finally records his best ever result since making a much anticipated return last year.

NEWCOMER: Babolatpro880

Wins a title on his 8th tournament, yet another American to watch out for.

DOWN: ghosts

Consistent string of results this year turned ugly with the pressure of a final to defend dismantling the Bulgarian’s game.

==Best PAW’s of the week==

1. Babolatpro880: Ferandez over Loit [32] / Fernandez over Gagliardi [21]

The double whammy, any PAWer who opted for this combo was rewarded. Fernandez hadn’t played a MD since one year ago, so this took a lot of guts despite the points temptation factor.

2. Bionic71/JohnnyWeirFan: Cho over Spears [15]

Cho had struggled in 1r vs Serra Zanetti whilst Spears was more convincing over Washington, the two who shared this title both picked this standout PAW – complimenting it with a safety 20 pointer in Bondarenko over Haynes.

3. adachi: Chakvetadze over Sprem [18]

The least picked “Qualifer over 1r” opponent match.

4. Williams_Rulez: Alves over Perebiynis [15]

A very smart PAW, it was easy to overlook this in favour of more bigger potentials such as “Wozniak over Castano” or “Garcia-Sokol over Strycova” – but 15 points is still worth a lot and gave the Singaporean in early push.

5. Hantuchov: Mauresmo over Molik [7]

More important than you think, it was tempting to go for Molik for double the points but when the table is tight up at the top, just a few points can catapult an effective jump.

**RANKING MOVERS**

Bionic71 (AUS)
... #20 to #17

Hit the top 10 last year, but with 2004 Australian summer results coming off, nearly dropped out of the top 20, but now returns back in it... again.

JohnnyWeirFan (USA)
... #69 to #54

#142 at the start of 2005, and now #54, wow.

Evaczov (HUN)
... #80 to #59

Increases Hungary’s chances for a Fed Cup World Group slot.

Duleml (SCG)
... #85 to #67

Former world #37, looks keen to improve that career high after a solid 2005 start.

HotSpot (INA)
... #82 to #70

A former top 15er would you believe, after a horrendous 2004, will be hoping to return where he believes he belongs.

adachi (CHN)
... #131 to #87

Back in the top 100, after his career break during mid 2003.

Williams_Rulez (SIN)
... #116 to #97

Former No #1 hasn’t exactly stormed up the rankings since returning in Eastbourne last June, but Bogota was his biggest result since his return last year.

Babolatpro880 (USA)
... #170 to #124

Even starting off unranked after declaring his retirement wouldn’t have affected his rank much.

==LISTS==

Best Percentage of correct picks*
*players who have played 3 tournaments or more

1 - 76%... améliemomo (69-22)
2 - 73%... Nir (47-17)
3 - 72%... raquel (58-23)
. - 72%... piomil (53-21)
5 - 71%... S-T-E-V-E (44-18)
6 - 70%... canuckfan (63-27)
7 - 69%... Duleml (40-18)
8 - 68%... andrew_uk (53-25)
. - 68%... Pintaled (52-24)
10 - 67%... jrm (61-30)
.. - 67%... rrfnpump (61-30)
.. - 67%... WTA Handicapper (58-29)
.. - 67%... adachi (45-22)
.. - 67%... beauty_is_pink (41-20)
.. - 67%... ~CANUCK~ (52-26)

Average Position on the League Table*
*players who have played 3 tournaments or more

1 - 8th... JohnnyWeirFan (1st, 2nd, 5th, 6th, 9th, 23rd)
2 - 13th.. DaNieLa_RoCkZ (2nd, 3rd, 5th, 13th, 25th, 29th)
. - 13th.. canuckfan (1st, 5th, 7th, 13th, 21st, 29th)
4 - 14th.. Duleml (4th, 9th, 10th, 31st)
. - 14th.. andrew_uk (1st, 6th, 7th, 25th, 29th)
6 - 15th.. marcobarella (1st, 4th, 7th, 12th, 13th, 50th)
7 - 17th.. ~CANUCK~ (4th, 6th, 7th, 21st, 46th)
. - 17th.. nitsansh (1st, 2nd, 15th, 17th, 19th, 47th)
. - 17th.. broncosven (2nd, 10th, 18th, 19th, 20th, 35th)
10- 19th.. speedster_ (1st, 6th, 7th, 7th, 32nd, 58th)
..- 19th.. V-lix (4th, 7th, 9th, 11th, 24th, 59th)

Most top 10 finishes in 2005

5... JohnnyWeirFan
5... CooCooCachoo
4... speedster_
3... marcobarella
3... andrew_uk
3... DaNieLa_RoCkZ
3... geegables
3... jrm
3... dab2035
3... canuckfan
3... ~CANUCK~
3... Duleml
3... Pintaled
3... V-lix

Most top 5 finishes in 2004

4...CooCooCachoo
3...DaNieLa_RoCkZ
3...JohnnyWeirFan
3...dab2035
2...nitsansh
2...likeaprayer
2...vma
2...marcobarella
2...canuckfan

Most seeds in top 10:

5... Canberra
4... Pattaya City
4... Bogota
3... Hyderabad
3... Auckland
3... Hobart
3... Memphis

Least seeds in top 10:

0... Sydney
0... Tokyo TPP
1... Antwerp

2005 Titles by Country

3... Indonesia
3... Australia
2... Canada
2... United States
1... Great Britain
1... Israel
1... Poland
1... Thailand
1... China

2005 Runner-ups by Country

4... Australia
4... United States
3... Indonesia
2... Canada
2... Israel
1... Great Britain
1... Netherlands
1... Poland
1... Slovenia
1... Thailand
1... Brazil
1... Singapore
1... Hungary

First Time singles winner

nitsansh........ Sydney
vma............. Hobart
andrew_uk....... Australian Open
beauty_is_pink.. Tokyo TPP
adachi.......... Antwerp
JohnnyWeirFan... Memphis
Babolatpro880... Bogota

Singles Winner by Seed

.........#1- (1)mypapa_je (Pattaya)
.........#4- (2)AlexSydney (Canberra),bionic71(Memphis)
.........#5- (1)efss (Hyderabad)
.........#7- (2)Mr_Molik (Gold Coast), speedster_ (Auckland)
........#15– (1)andrew_uk (Australian Open)
...Unseeded- (4)nitsansh (Sydney), vma (Hobart), beauty_is_pink (Tokyo TPP), marcobarella (Pattaya),canuckfan(Paris OGF),JohnnyWeirFan(Memphis),adachi(Antwerp), Babolatpro880(Bogota)
..Wildcards- (0)

Oldest PAW Champions

1. Sydney 2005 - nitsansh: 41 years, 5 months, 12 days
2. Memphis 2005 – bionic71: 33 years, 6 months, 3 days
3. Pattaya 2005 - marcobarella: 27 Years, 7 months, 22 days

Youngest PAW Champions

1. Bogota 2005 - Babolatpro880: 15 years, 0 months, 25 days
2. Gold Coast 2005 - Mr_Molik: 16 years, 1 month, 16 days
3. Tokyo 2005 - beauty_is_pink: 17 years, 5 months, 8 days

Lowest Ranked Title winners

#62 ... nitsansh (Sydney)
#69 ... JohnnyWeirFan (Memphis)
#131 .. adachi (Antwerp)
#136... beauty_is_pink (Tokyo TPP)
#170... Babolatpro880 (Bogota)
#189... vma (Hobart)

Lowest Ranked Runner-ups

#100 .. DaNieLa RoCkZ (Paris OGF)
#116 .. Williams_Rulez (Bogota)
#142 .. JohnnyWeirFan (Auckland)
#171 .. –RoddicksGame- (Gold Coast)
#192 .. mandy7 (Tokyo TPP)
NR..... dab2035 (Hobart)

Biggest individual PAW’s 2005:

34 pts... Erakovic over Pelletier (Auckland)
32 pts... Fernandez over Loit (Bogota)
30 pts... Peng over Myskina (Sydney)
29 pts... Bondarenko over Jidkova (Memphis)
27 pts... Dellacqua over Jidkova (Hobart)
26 pts... Amanmuradova over Serra-Zanetti(Pattaya)
26 pts... Dominguez-Lino over Zuluaga (Bogota)
25 pts... Safina over Mauresmo (Paris OGF)
24 pts... Linetskaya over Zvonareva (Pattaya)
23 pts... Ferguson over Llagostera Vives (Australian Open)
22 pts... Karatantcheva over Likhovtseva (Gold Coast)
21 pts... Peng over Petrova (Sydney)
21 pts... Husarova over Brandi(Auckland)
21 pts... Douchevina over Zvonareva(Australian Open)
21 pts... Asagoe over Dementieva (Tokyo TPP)
21 pts... Fernandez over Gagliardi (Bogota)
20 pts... Vinci over Sugiyama(Tokyo TPP)
20 pts... Bondarenko over Haynes (Memphis)

Points Galore*
*Max points available from PAWing one player throughout the tournament (60 or more)

72 pts... Fernandez (Bogota) – from 4 picks
65 pts... Dominguez-Lino (Bogota) – from 5 picks
63 pts... Safina (Paris OGF) – from 4 picks
62 pts... Peng (Sydney) – from 4 picks

Best Final Winning Percentage 2+

50% - nitsansh
50% - JohnnyWeirFan

2005 Weeks as #1
(week denotes a tournament ‘week’)

3... mypapa_je
3... andrew_uk

2005 Weeks in top 10

6...mypapa_je
6...Hantuchov
6...WTA Handicapper
6...ghosts
6...K&J fan
6...spencercarlos
6...SpikeyAidanm
4...andrew_uk
4...Pintaled
3...kafelek
3...sandg
2...bbypk
2...Je_ne_sais_quoi

Titles in home country

Mr_Molik....... Gold Coast
AlexSydney..... Canberra
JohnnyWeirFan.. Memphis

Tournaments by participants

145.. Australian Open
92... Paris OGF
87... Tokyo TPP
82... Sydney
74... Antwerp
58... Gold Coast
51... Pattaya
50... Auckland
37... Hyderabad
32... Bogota
32... Memphis
25... Hobart
22... Canberra

**TOTAL WEEKS AT #1**

49.. Williams Rulez (SIN)
37.. SpikeyAidanm (AUS)
34.. Wojtek (POL)
12.. Hantuchov (BRA)
12... mypapa_je (INA)
8... sartrista7 (USA)
3... andrew_uk (GBR)
3... sandg (INA)
1... spencercarlos (VEN)

**Total PAW Titles**

7.. spencercarlos (VEN)
6.. Wojtek (POL)
5.. ajayares (AUS)
5.. speedster_ (INA)
5.. bionic71 (AUS)
4.. jindrich77 (CZE)
4.. WTA Handicapper (GBR)
4.. xcrtbckhnd (USA)
4.. Mr_Molik (AUS)
3.. butch (RSA)
3.. danielrosario (IND)
3.. Duleml (SCG)
3.. Jakub (POL)
3.. köj-è (INA)
3.. marcobarella (THA)
3.. paellapan (ALB)
3.. sandg (INA)
3.. sartrista7 (USA)
3.. Williams_Rulez (SIN)


==Week #6 Take Away==

No matter how much lack of match practice a player has had, if they have had past impressive results, they are likely to call on their experience to win match(es), as with the case with Fernandez in Bogota.


**WEEK 7 PREDICTIONS**

DOHA, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES (II-HO)
SF: =>QuIcKsNiCk<= & James
F: oren987 bt. canuckfan [7]

ACAPULCO, MEXICO (III-CO)
SF: kfh_9118 & jrm
F: Hantuchov [2] bt. dab2035

James
Feb 21st, 2005, 03:07 PM
Great stuff, Aidan, but I don't know about that Doha prediction.

ghosts
Feb 21st, 2005, 03:09 PM
Awesome, Spikey :yeah: :D

rrfnpump
Feb 21st, 2005, 07:06 PM
Thats absolutely amazing :eek: :yeah:

JS
Feb 21st, 2005, 07:21 PM
Finally some consideration for French PAW (which has never been very glorious I think...), it motivates me even more!!
Ameliemomo and me are going to show the PAW power that resides in France to the rest of the world! ;)
Thanx Spikey!

Hayato
Feb 22nd, 2005, 03:13 AM
More great work Aidan :bigclap:

kfh_9118
Feb 22nd, 2005, 05:16 AM
:bigclap:

Great stuff, Aidan ;)
Thanks for mentioning my name as well :D Too bad I started really really bad on the first day in Acapulco :sad: :mad:

©@®eLess
Feb 22nd, 2005, 03:47 PM
great thing. And i'm really happy to be back :)

crazillo
Feb 22nd, 2005, 05:03 PM
Thanx..

jrm
Feb 22nd, 2005, 05:44 PM
Thank you Spikey ... i always adored statictics, numbers, stats ... bring it on!

köj-è
Feb 26th, 2005, 02:20 PM
way to go indonesia!! :D

Ravsieg
Feb 26th, 2005, 03:25 PM
By the way, I think this thread should be locked so that only Spikey's articles would be up. It's hard to find them this way.

I'm surprised I haven't been listed as a disappointment. Life is going way too bad to predict well.

QuicKyMonSter
Feb 27th, 2005, 09:03 PM
oooopss! i finished something like 70 spots lower than expected :o:rolleyes:

SpikeyAidanm
Mar 1st, 2005, 08:43 AM
WEEK 7: IT’S BETTER SAFE THAN SORRY... OR NOT?

On countless occasions PAW players fall in the trap of playing it safe just before the tournament concludes. It is what I like to call the “Better Safe than Sorry Theory” – you make a few risky PAW’s and are rewarded within the top 10, so you want to maintain that and opt to a conservative PAWer.

Theory suggests yes, your performance will be rewarded, reality suggests however – you will not be the best. Reality is that players will not always beat the players ranked lower than them – in earlier rounds or in the Semi/Finals...

Let’s look at how the Doha champ managed to outscore his rivals much above who relied too much on this theory.

...League Table [SF]....................... SF picks:

..1.LUXXXAS..............12...10....2....99
..2.efss.................11....9....2....97 Mau (0)
..3.Rainman28............11...10....1....96 Mau (0)
..4.sandg................10...10....0....92 Mau (0), Sha (5)
..5.likeaprayer..........10....9....1....90 Mau (0), Han (0)
..6.Chubin...............12....8....4....90
..7.SpikeyAidanm.........10....9....1....88 Mau (0), Sha (5)
..8.Diminime.............11....7....4....88 Sha (5)
....Frooty_Bazooty.......11....9....2....88
.10.Chevina..............12....8....4....88
.11.Lee-Waters' Boy......11....8....3....86 Mol (14)
....adachi...............11....8....3....86 Mau (0), Han (0)

So it ends up 9 of the above 12 went for the “Better Safe than Sorry Theory” – whilst 3 others had the guts to be either busted or well... be the best.

Adachi & likeaprayer stood out by PAWing Hantuchova over Sharapova – and would have finished in the top 2 had she won. Whilst Lee-Waters’ Boy was the lone gambler on Molik.

Lesson learnt PAWers, The “Better Safe than Sorry Theory” is very much so accurate... but as sandg discovered here, crazillo discovered in Paris and silverwhite discovered in Tokyo TPP– it’s not usually enough to win.


WEEK 7 CHAMPIONS

DOHA, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES(II-HO)

F: Lee-Waters’ Boy bt. efss/sandg 107 pts – 104 pts
SF: Rainman28 (4th)

ACAPULCO, MEXICO (III-CO)

F: marvinp bt. HIROYUKI 97 pts – 87 pts
SF: 416_Man (3rd) & ghosts [4] (4th)

==PLAYER AWARDS==

PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Lee-Waters’ Boy

Came from out of the top 20 pre-final to win Strasbourg, now comes out of the top 10 pre-semi-final to win his second Tier II. US dominate another PAW week.

RISER: ghosts

Recuperated from a lackluster previous week to live right up to his seeding of 4 in Acapulco.

SURPRISE: Rainman28

Has a unique way of PAWing, but the newcomer finally notched his first breakout result leading early and ending up 4th, in Doha.

VETERAN: sandg

Nearly went 13-0 (12-1), using his experience and tricks to gain as many points without wasting picks.

NEWCOMERS: marvinp & HIROYUKI

Acapulco finalists stood out from a tournament full of midst and uncertainty.

DOWN: JohnnyWeirFan

Average 2005 finish of 8th down plummets to 21st after shocking 98th end in Doha.

==Best PAW’s of the week==

1. Lee-Waters’ Boy: “Molik over Mauresmo [14]”

Catapulted him from 11th to 1st in one day, risk rewarded yet again.

2. marvinp: “Osterloh over Domachowska [13]”

Acapulco was characterized by a lack of upsets in 1r but a few in the 2r, this one was one of the least picked.

3. efss: “Kirilenko over Schnyder [18]”

Schnyder has won the majority of her matches against lower ranked players this year (except Dechy in Oz), so brave move.

4. sandg: “Schiavone over Farina Elia [10]”

10 pointers are often the most important determining factor of success or failure, gutsy pick this one.

5. HIROYUKI: “Cervanova over Randriantefy [12]”

Cemented a final appearance with quite a few at top opting for the more in form Randriantefy.

**RANKING MOVERS**

SpikeyAidanm (AUS)
... #10 to #7

Since reaching the top 10, has only had one week outside it, solid Doha finish securely means he stays in the top 10 club.

sandg (INA)
... #19 to #12

Obviously belongs in the top 10, and Doha runner-up finish makes up for one of the 2 runner-up points that came off this month (Tokyo & Paris).

efss (INA)
... #23 to #18

Career high, has halfed his 2005 start-off rank of 36.

Lee-Waters’ Boy (USA)
... #51 to #41

Quite low for a player who holds 3 titles within his best 17 tournaments, but has plenty more to gain until Strasbourg.

köj-è (INA)
... #81 to #76

Is back to where he began the year, late last season saw him slip, this season that won’t be happening.

HIROYUKI (JPN)
... #127 to #103

If only yucky was more active and Japan could have a Fed Cup duo.

marvinp (USA)
... #160 to #122

Up 38 slots, the biggest jump of the week.

416_Man (CAN)
... #169 to #144

Not a bad idea to debut in a few smaller tourneys.

Jodie (AUS)
... #216 to #176

Nice name and nice 2nd tournament.

==LISTS==

Race Stats

..Player.........CON....Best result....Worst result...Win-loss....Average Position...Prizemoney.

1.andrew_uk......GBR....1st Aus Open....54th Doha.......61-30..........20th............ $1,099,840
2.bronocsven.....AUS....2nd Aus Open....35th Sydney.....61-42..........19th.............. $483,834
3.Pintaled.......AUS....3rd Aus Open....67th Sydney.....57-32..........22nd.............. $307,774
4.DaNieLa RoCkZ..USA....2nd Paris.......29th Gold Coast.67-36..........15th.............. $154,548
5.JohnnyWeirFAN..USA....1st Memphis.....98th Doha.......54-48..........21st.............. $164,720
6.V-lix..........INA....4th Aus Open....59th Sydney.....68-31..........20th.............. $281,119
7.canuckfan......CAN....1st Paris.......46th Doha.......70-33..........17th.............. $179,912
8.nitsansh.......ISR....1st Sydney......61st Doha.......60-44..........23rd.............. $151,318
9.beauty_is_pink.CAN....1st Tokyo.......76th Paris......48-26..........44th.............. $246,863
10.efss..........INA....2nd Doha........70th Sydney.....55-32..........29th.............. $106,237

Most top 10 finishes in 2005

5...JohnnyWeirFan
5...CooCooCachoo
5...speedster_
3...efss
3...Guritna
3...Duleml
3...Pintaled
3...V-lix
3...dab2035
3...canuckfan
3...~CANUCK~
3...marcobarella
3...andrew_uk
3...DaNieLa_RoCkZ
3...geegables
3...jrm

Least seeds in top 10:

0... Sydney
0... Tokyo TPP
1... Antwerp
1... Doha

2005 Titles by Country

4... United States
3... Indonesia
3... Australia
2... Canada
1... Great Britain
1... Israel
1... Poland
1... Thailand
1... China

2005 Finals by Country

5... Indonesia
4... Australia
4... United States
2... Canada
2... Israel
1... Great Britain
1... Netherlands
1... Poland
1... Slovenia
1... Thailand
1... Brazil
1... Singapore
1... Hungary
1... Japan

Most convincing 2005 PAW tournament wins

14 pts.... canuckfan def. DaNieLa RoCkZ (Paris OGF)
11 pts.... 7-Mr_Molik def. –RoddicksGame- (Gold Coast)
10 pts.... vma def. dab2035 (Hobart)
10 pts.... marvinp def. HIROYUKI (Acapulco)
9 pts..... 4-AlexSydney def. 1-jrm (Canberra)

First Time singles winner

nitsansh........ Sydney
vma............. Hobart
andrew_uk....... Australian Open
beauty_is_pink.. Tokyo TPP
adachi.......... Antwerp
JohnnyWeirFan... Memphis
Babolatpro880... Bogota
marvinp......... Acapulco

Singles Winner by Seed

.........#1- (1)mypapa_je (Pattaya)
.........#4- (2)AlexSydney (Canberra),bionic71(Memphis)
.........#5- (1)efss (Hyderabad)
.........#7- (2)Mr_Molik (Gold Coast), speedster_ (Auckland)
........#15– (1)andrew_uk (Australian Open)
...Unseeded- (10)nitsansh (Sydney), vma (Hobart), beauty_is_pink (Tokyo TPP), marcobarella (Pattaya),canuckfan(Paris OGF),JohnnyWeirFan(Memphis),adachi(Antwerp), Babolatpro880(Bogota), Lee-Waters’ Boy(Doha), marvinp(Acapulco)
..Wildcards- (0)

Oldest PAW Champions

1. Acapulco 2005 – marvinp: 57 years, 5 months, 11 days
2. Sydney 2005 - nitsansh: 41 years, 5 months, 12 days
3. Memphis 2005 – bionic71: 33 years, 6 months, 3 days

Lowest Ranked Title winners

#62 ... nitsansh (Sydney)
#69 ... JohnnyWeirFan (Memphis)
#131 .. adachi (Antwerp)
#136... beauty_is_pink (Tokyo TPP)
#160... marvinp (Acapulco)
#170... Babolatpro880 (Bogota)
#189... vma (Hobart)

Lowest Ranked Runner-ups

#100 .. DaNieLa RoCkZ (Paris OGF)
#116 .. Williams_Rulez (Bogota)
#127... HIROYUKI (Acapulco)
#142 .. JohnnyWeirFan (Auckland)
#171 .. –RoddicksGame- (Gold Coast)
#192 .. mandy7 (Tokyo TPP)
NR..... dab2035 (Hobart)

Best Final Winning Percentage 2+

50% - nitsansh
50% - JohnnyWeirFan
50% - efss

2005 Weeks as #1 (week denotes a tournament ‘week’)

4... andrew_uk
3... mypapa_je

2005 Weeks in top 10

7...mypapa_je
7...Hantuchov
7...WTA Handicapper
7...ghosts
7...K&J fan
7...SpikeyAidanm
6...spencercarlos
5...andrew_uk
5...Pintaled
4...kafelek
3...sandg
2...bbypk
2...Je_ne_sais_quoi

PAWfection
– tournament win/loss records of more than 90%*
*at least 10 picks

100%... S-T-E-V-E (Sydney – 12 picks)
92%.... raquel (Sydney – 13 picks)
92%.... canuckfan (Paris OGF – 13 picks)
92%.... crazillo (Paris OGF – 12 picks)
92%.... améliemomo (Paris OGF – 13 picks)
92%.... sandg (Doha – 13 picks)

Tournaments by participants

145.. Australian Open
101.. Doha
92... Paris OGF
87... Tokyo TPP
82... Sydney
74... Antwerp
58... Gold Coast
51... Pattaya
50... Auckland
43... Acapulco
37... Hyderabad
32... Bogota
32... Memphis
25... Hobart
22... Canberra

**TOTAL WEEKS AT #1**

49.. Williams Rulez (SIN)
37.. SpikeyAidanm (AUS)
34.. Wojtek (POL)
12.. Hantuchov (BRA)
12... mypapa_je (INA)
8... sartrista7 (USA)
4... andrew_uk (GBR)
3... sandg (INA)
1... spencercarlos (VEN)

**Total PAW Titles**

7.. spencercarlos (VEN)
6.. Wojtek (POL)
5.. ajayares (AUS)
5.. speedster_ (INA)
5.. bionic71 (AUS)
4.. jindrich77 (CZE)
4.. WTA Handicapper (GBR)
4.. xcrtbckhnd (USA)
4.. Mr_Molik (AUS)
3.. butch (RSA)
3.. danielrosario (IND)
3.. Duleml (SCG)
3.. Jakub (POL)
3.. köj-è (INA)
3.. Lee-Waters’ Boy (USA)
3.. marcobarella (THA)
3.. paellapan (ALB)
3.. sandg (INA)
3.. sartrista7 (USA)
3.. Williams_Rulez (SIN)


==Week #7 Take Away==

Players don’t just keep losing all year... Sugiyama and Pratt won their first matches of this year in Doha.

**WEEK 8 PREDICTIONS**

DUBAI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES (II-HO)

SF: ghosts [6] & Chubin
F: ~CANUCK~ bt. raquel

crazillo
Mar 1st, 2005, 04:33 PM
Great week for me because it is my first time in the top-10.

Thanx Spikey! :)

köj-è
Mar 2nd, 2005, 01:35 AM
nice work aidan.. :)

SpikeyAidanm
Mar 5th, 2005, 06:51 AM
THE Weekbook is taking a break and will resume maybe during Wimbledon.

Ravsieg
Mar 5th, 2005, 11:39 AM
:sad: That's sad, it was the most interesting read on this forums.. but oh well, I'm sure you have good reasons for it Aidan :)

crazillo
Mar 5th, 2005, 05:47 PM
I think it is cuz of studying. :)

bbypk
Mar 7th, 2005, 09:13 PM
This is amazing!!! Great job!! :):)

Wiggly
Apr 3rd, 2005, 06:28 AM
Thanks for your work Aidan :worship:

CCCP1
May 11th, 2005, 12:11 AM
This was a great idea

geegables
Jul 17th, 2005, 08:26 AM
Aidan, brilliance once again! i loved it:)

SpikeyAidanm
Jul 17th, 2005, 08:41 AM
Stat Corner to be posted in a few hours along with a quiz...

rrfnpump
Jul 17th, 2005, 08:43 AM
:eek::drool:
looking forward to it, Spikey ;)

SpikeyAidanm
Aug 28th, 2005, 01:40 PM
tomorrow - a full list of the #199 PAW title winners and runner-ups as part of the celebration of the 200th PAW tournament this fortnight :)

416_Man
Aug 28th, 2005, 01:43 PM
What about the 388 PAW semifinalists :tears:? Don't we get recognized :tears:?

SpikeyAidanm
Aug 28th, 2005, 01:46 PM
What about the 388 PAW semifinalists :tears:? Don't we get recognized :tears:?
Most honour boards only recognise 1st and 2nd :p

416_Man
Aug 28th, 2005, 01:49 PM
Most honour boards only recognise 1st and 2nd :p

Okay what about 3rd. I mean the bronze medal! Alicia Molik has one. So does Paola Suarez. What would life be without 3RD!!!!! ;) Cool no matter what you do spikey.

Ravsieg
Aug 28th, 2005, 02:00 PM
I won my first title a couple of weeks ago, and I ain't got anything. :sad:

:p

thekimfan
Aug 28th, 2005, 02:30 PM
great idea Spikey :D

SpikeyAidanm
Dec 12th, 2005, 01:45 AM
the PAW Weekbook will return in 2006 :).

LUXXXAS
Dec 18th, 2005, 07:50 PM
the PAW Weekbook will return in 2006 :).
:yeah: great :woohoo: