View Full Version : On the importance of sufficient match play

May 25th, 2002, 01:56 PM
This is probablly a statistical anomaly. But it sure is an arguement for quality over quantity.

Rank #1 Jennifer Capriati 16 tournaments

Rank #2 Venus Williams 14 tournaments

Rank #3 Serena Williams 12 tournaments

Rank #4 - #20 Average 21 tournaments

Rank #4 - #30 Average 22 tournaments

If Serena ever plays 17 tournaments, we might even get what Monica would call a 'true #1'.

May 25th, 2002, 03:54 PM
Well, then how does all of that match play explain eight consecutive loses to the WILLIAMS sisters? :)

May 25th, 2002, 03:59 PM
The comparison is even more dramatic when you consider
Venus is just 26 points behind Jennifer
and Serena, 581.

May 25th, 2002, 04:05 PM
TeeRexx - I think you miss my point. However, as I look at my first post, I realize I didn't explain it well. My point was, all three of them have played less than 17 tournaments, and it isn't hurting them much.

I was comparing Jenn, Venus and Serena to the rest of the tour.

My bad.

May 25th, 2002, 04:11 PM
Okay. Does it make more sense now?

May 25th, 2002, 05:10 PM
I don't think that tells the entire story. You need to compare # of matches as opposed to tournaments.

Kim actually has fewer matches than any of the top 3, so I will include her with them.

Top 4: Averages 28.25 matches
5-20 excluding Lindsay and Nathalie: Averages about 26 matches

So what this really tells you is just how vital the bye is to the health of the tour.