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andrewbroad
Jun 4th, 2005, 07:36 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 French Open 2005:

1. JUSTINE HENIN-HARDENNE (10)
2. MARY PIERCE (21)
3. NADIA PETROVA (7)
4. ELENA LIKHOVTSEVA (16)
5. MARIA SHARAPOVA (2)
6. LINDSAY DAVENPORT (1)
7. ANA IVANOVIC (29)
8. Sesil Karatantcheva
9. SVETLANA KUZNETSOVA (6)
10. PATTY SCHNYDER (8)
11. ELENA BOVINA (12)
12. ELENA DEMENTIEVA (4)
13. Nuria Llagostera Vives
14. KIM CLIJSTERS (14)
15. FRANCESCA SCHIAVONE (22)
16. Emmanuelle Gagliardi
17. Anabel Medina Garrigues
18. VERA ZVONAREVA (9)
19. Shahar Peer
20. SILVIA FARINA ELIA (18)
21. Anna Chakvetadze
22. Virginie Razzano
23. AMELIE MAURESMO (3)
24. VENUS WILLIAMS (11)
25. Marissa Irvin
26. FLAVIA PENNETTA (32)
27. TATIANA GOLOVIN (17)
28. Akiko Morigami
29. NATHALIE DECHY (13)
30. DANIELA HANTUCHOVA (20)
31. Anna-Lena Groenefeld
32. Emilie Loit
33. Virginia Ruano Pascual
34. Jelena Kostanic
35. Severine Beltrame
36. Mariana Diaz-Oliva
37. Aravane Rezai (WC)
38. Shuai Peng
39. Iveta Benesova
40. SHINOBU ASAGOE (19)
41. Sofia Arvidsson (Q)
42. Sandra Kloesel (Q)
43. Tathiana Garbin
44. Sanda Mamic
45. Kristina Brandi
46. Ludmila Cervanova
47. Nicole Vaidisova
48. Maria Sanchez Lorenzo
49. MAGDALENA MALEEVA (24)
50. Eva Birnerova (Q)
51. Kveta Peschke
52. Arantxa Parra Santonja
53. Klara Koukalova
54. Clarisa Fernandez (Q)
55. Alize Cornet (WC)
56. Fabiola Zuluaga
57. GISELA DULKO (30)
58. Marta Domachowska
59. Antonella Serra Zanetti
60. KAROLINA SPREM (31)
61. Samantha Stosur
62. Catalina Castano
63. Anna Smashnova
64. AMY FRAZIER (27)
65. Conchita Martinez
66. Vera Douchevina
67. Mashona Washington
68. Yuliana Fedak
69. Evgenia Linetskaya
70. Katarina Srebotnik
71. Stephanie Foretz
72. Alyona Bondarenko
73. Mathilde Johansson (WC)
74. Yoon Jeong Cho
75. Maria Vento-Kabchi
76. Barbora Strycova
77. AI SUGIYAMA (23)
78. Meilen Tu (Q)
79. Jie Zheng
80. Tatiana Perebiynis
81. Petra Mandula (Q)
82. Yvonne Meusburger (Q)
83. MARION BARTOLI (28)
84. Anne Kremer
85. PAOLA SUAREZ (26)
86. DINARA SAFINA (25)
87. Evie Dominikovic
88. Marta Marrero
89. Nicole Pratt
90. Jill Craybas
91. Lilia Osterloh
92. Angela Haynes
93. Michaela Pastikova
94. Michaella Krajicek (Q)
95. Roberta Vinci
96. Claudine Schaul
97. Anastasiya Yakimova (Q)
98. Tamarine Tanasugarn
99. Abigail Spears
100. Sophie Ferguson (WC)
101. Camille Pin (WC)
102. Mailyne Andrieux (WC)
103. Pauline Parmentier (WC)
104. Julia Schruff
105. Eleni Daniilidou
106. Mara Santangelo (Q)
107. Martina Sucha
108. Lisa Raymond
109. Youlia Fedossova (WC)
110. Aiko Nakamura
111. Lucie Safarova (LL)
112. ANASTASIA MYSKINA (5)
113. Rika Fujiwara
114. Maria Kirilenko
115. Dally Randriantefy
116. Shenay Perry
117. Mervana Jugic-Salkic (Q)
118. Tatiana Panova
119. Alina Jidkova
120. Libuse Prusova (Q)
121. Sania Mirza
122. Stephanie Cohen-Aloro
123. Marlene Weingartner
124. Maria Elena Camerin
125. Silvija Talaja
126. Denisa Chladkova
127. JELENA JANKOVIC (15)
128. Meghann Shaughnessy

So Meghann Shaughnessy has the dubious honour of being the wooden-spoonist of the French 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
* French Open 2005: Meghann Shaughnessy

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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Albireo
Jun 4th, 2005, 07:47 PM
Interesting that so many well-known players are on the HoS list.

creep
Jun 4th, 2005, 08:47 PM
You're always stir in it on here! ;)