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andrewbroad
Jun 10th, 2006, 10:19 PM
A wooden-spoon list is a way of ranking the players in a tournament, based purely on the hierarchy of 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.

The player who lost to the champion in the semi-finals is third on the wooden-spoon list, the player who lost to the runner-up in the semi-finals is fourth, the player who lost to the champion in the quarter-finals is fifth, and so on.

A rigorous explanation of the theory can be found at my website (http://www.geocities.com/andrewbroad/tennis/wooden_spoon/). Here's the wooden-spoon list for the women's singles at the French Open 2006:

1. JUSTINE HENIN-HARDENNE (5)
2. SVETLANA KUZNETSOVA (8)
3. KIM CLIJSTERS (2)
4. NICOLE VAIDISOVA (16)
5. ANNA-LENA GROENEFELD (13)
6. DINARA SAFINA (14)
7. MARTINA HINGIS (12)
8. VENUS WILLIAMS (11)
9. ANASTASIA MYSKINA (10)
10. FRANCESCA SCHIAVONE (9)
11. DANIELA HANTUCHOVA (15)
12. AMELIE MAURESMO (1)
13. GISELA DULKO (32)
14. MARIA SHARAPOVA (4)
15. SHAHAR PEER (31)
16. PATTY SCHNYDER (7)
17. Tathiana Garbin
18. Li,Na
19. ANABEL MEDINA GARRIGUES (26)
20. Aravane Rezai (Q)
21. MARIA KIRILENKO (20)
22. KATARINA SREBOTNIK (24)
23. Ivana Lisjak
24. Karolina Sprem
25. ANA IVANOVIC (19)
26. FLAVIA PENNETTA (17)
27. NATHALIE DECHY (21)
28. Jelena Jankovic
29. Shenay Perry
30. Alicia Molik (WC)
31. ELENA DEMENTIEVA (6)
32. Julia Vakulenko (Q)
33. Anastasiya Yakimova
34. Mara Santangelo
35. Conchita Martinez Granados
36. Sun,Tiantian
37. Jamea Jackson
38. Hana Sromova
39. Zuzana Ondraskova
40. Emma Laine
41. Melinda Czink
42. Martina Muller
43. Emmanuelle Gagliardi
44. Vera Dushevina
45. Yuliana Fedak
46. Iveta Benesova
47. Tsvetana Pironkova
48. Jarmila Gajdosova
49. Alize Cornet (WC)
50. ANNA CHAKVETADZE (27)
51. Kaia Kanepi
52. AI SUGIYAMA (22)
53. Mathilde Johansson (WC)
54. Ashley Harkleroad
55. Zheng,Jie
56. Peng,Shuai
57. Emilie Loit
58. Kirsten Flipkens (LL)
59. Catalina Castano
60. MARION BARTOLI (25)
61. Akiko Morigami
62. Anda Perianu (Q)
63. Viktoriya Kutuzova
64. SOFIA ARVIDSSON (29)
65. Maret Ani
66. Laura Granville
67. Virginie Razzano
68. Marta Domachowska
69. Camille Pin
70. Vera Zvonareva
71. Lisa Raymond
72. Sybille Bammer
73. Sania Mirza
74. Alona Bondarenko
75. Emmanuelle Gagliardi
76. Meghann Shaughnessy
77. Yulia Beygelzimer (Q)
78. Mashona Washington
79. Olga Savchuk
80. Michaella Krajicek
81. KLARA KOUKALOVA (30)
82. Amy Frazier
83. Victoria Azarenka (Q)
84. Alberta Brianti (Q)
85. Severine Bremond (WC)
86. Anna Smashnova
87. Galina Voskoboeva (Q)
88. ELENA LIKHOVTSEVA (18)
89. Samantha Stosur
90. Bethanie Mattek
91. Stephanie Foretz
92. Laura Pous Tio
93. Shinobu Asagoe
94. Antonella Serra Zanetti
95. Martina Sucha
96. Yuan,Meng
97. Jill Craybas
98. Arantxa Parra Santonja
99. Mariana Diaz-Oliva
100. Ekaterina Bychkova
101. Yan,Zi
102. Roberta Vinci
103. Julia Schruff
104. Youlia Fedossova (WC)
105. Sandra Kloesel (Q)
106. Nathalie Vierin
107. Maria Elena Camerin
108. Anastassia Rodionova
109. Kristina Brandi
110. Pauline Parmentier (WC)
111. Maria Sanchez Lorenzo
112. Stephanie Cohen-Aloro (WC)
113. Virginia Ruano Pascual
114. Eva Birnerova (Q)
115. Kveta Peschke
116. Eleni Daniilidou
117. Su-Wei Hsieh (Q)
118. Jelena Kostanic
119. TATIANA GOLOVIN (23)
120. Elena Vesnina
121. Clarisa Fernandez (Q)
122. Virginie Pichet (Q)
123. Aiko Nakamura
124. Aurelie Vedy (WC)
125. NADIA PETROVA (3)
126. LUCIE SAFAROVA (28)
127. Vania King
128. Maria Vento-Kabchi

So María Vento-Kabchi has the dubious honour of being the wooden-spoonist of the French Open 2006 - she's at the end of the longest losing chain.

Join the Wooden Spoon Yahoo! Group (http://groups.yahoo.com/group/woodenspoon/) to receive future wooden-spoon lists by email as they are published, and for photos of all the Grand Slam wooden-spoonists since 2000.

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Dr. Andrew Broad
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Ellery
Jun 10th, 2006, 11:18 PM
Thanks!