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andrewbroad
Sep 24th, 2006, 02:26 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 US Open 2006:

1. MARIA SHARAPOVA (3)
2. JUSTINE HENIN-HARDENNE (2)
3. AMELIE MAURESMO (1)
4. JELENA JANKOVIC (19)
5. TATIANA GOLOVIN (27)
6. LINDSAY DAVENPORT (10)
7. DINARA SAFINA (12)
8. ELENA DEMENTIEVA (4)
9. LI,NA (24)
10. SHAHAR PEER (21)
11. Serena Williams (WC)
12. SVETLANA KUZNETSOVA (6)
13. ANNA CHAKVETADZE (23)
14. PATTY SCHNYDER (7)
15. Virginie Razzano
16. Aravane Rezai
17. ELENA LIKHOVTSEVA (32)
18. SUGIYAMA,AI (28)
19. Mara Santangelo
20. NICOLE VAIDISOVA (9)
21. NADIA PETROVA (5)
22. KATARINA SREBOTNIK (22)
23. Jarmila Gajdosova
24. VERA ZVONAREVA (33)
25. MARY PIERCE (13)
26. FRANCESCA SCHIAVONE (14)
27. ANA IVANOVIC (16)
28. Anastassia Rodionova
29. Victoria Azarenka
30. MARION BARTOLI (26)
31. Kaia Kanepi
32. MARIA KIRILENKO (20)
33. Emilie Loit
34. Vania King
35. Meghann Shaughnessy
36. Kirsten Flipkens (Q)
37. Agnieszka Radwanska (Q)
38. Jelena Kostanic
39. Yuliana Fedak
40. Emma Laine
41. Eleni Daniilidou
42. Martina Muller
43. DANIELA HANTUCHOVA (17)
44. Lauren Albanese (WC)
45. Alyona Bondarenko
46. Sofia Arvidsson
47. MARTINA HINGIS (8)
48. Lucie Safarova
49. Nicole Pratt (LL)
50. Tathiana Garbin
51. Sybille Bammer
52. Alina Jidkova
53. Virginia Ruano Pascual
54. Ekaterina Bychkova
55. Viktoriya Kutuzova
56. Jill Craybas
57. Eva Birnerova (Q)
58. Sania Mirza
59. Nakamura,Aiko
60. ZHENG,JIE (29)
61. Jamea Jackson
62. Varvara Lepchenko (Q)
63. Youlia Fedossova (Q)
64. Severine Bremond
65. Michaella Krajicek
66. Maria Elena Camerin
67. Kristina Barrois (Q)
68. Gisela Dulko
69. Ashley Harkleroad
70. Klara Zakopalova
71. Yulia Beygelzimer (Q)
72. Laura Granville
73. Maria Sanchez Lorenzo
74. Vasilisa Bardina (Q)
75. Lourdes Dominguez Lino
76. Sandra Kloesel (Q)
77. Martina Sucha
78. Anna Smashnova
79. Maret Ani
80. ANNA-LENA GROENEFELD (15)
81. Sun,Tiantian
82. Zuzana Ondraskova
83. Lisa Raymond
84. Chanda Rubin (WC)
85. Clarisa Fernandez (Q)
86. Morigami,Akiko
87. Alexa Glatch (WC)
88. Marta Domachowska
89. Elena Vesnina
90. Romina Oprandi
91. Vera Dushevina
92. Hana Sromova
93. ANASTASIA MYSKINA (11)
94. Olga Poutchkova (Q)
95. Stephanie Foretz
96. Julia Schruff
97. Camille Pin
98. Alicia Molik (WC)
99. Roberta Vinci
100. Chan,Yung-Jan (Q)
101. Yan,Zi
102. Asagoe,Shinobu
103. Tatiana Poutchek (Q)
104. Meilen Tu
105. Shenay Perry
106. Anastasiya Yakimova
107. Bethanie Mattek (WC)
108. Olga Savchuk
109. Ahsha Rolle (WC)
110. Conchita Martinez Granados
111. Peng,Shuai
112. Samantha Stosur
113. Milagros Sequera (Q)
114. Yuan,Meng
115. NATHALIE DECHY (31)
116. Jessica Kirkland (WC)
117. Amy Frazier
118. Lioudmila Skavronskaia (Q)
119. Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez (LL)
120. Iveta Benesova
121. Galina Voskoboeva
122. Karolina Sprem
123. Czink,Melinda
124. Kveta Peschke
125. Tsvetana Pironkova
126. Catalina Castano
127. ANABEL MEDINA GARRIGUES (25)
128. Stephanie Dubois (Q)

So Stéphanie Dubois has the dubious honour of being the wooden-spoonist of the US Open 2006 - she's at the end of the longest losing chain. Actually, since Dubois was a qualifier, we could even go back into the qualifying-draw to find the 'ultimate wooden-spoonist'!
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256. Karin Knapp
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512. Aleksandra Wozniak
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1024. Margit Rüütel

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--
Dr. Andrew Broad
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Drake1980
Sep 27th, 2006, 03:11 AM
Steph:lol: Congrats!!!