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Old Sep 12th, 2005, 12:29 AM   #1
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Wooden-Spoon List

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. Here's the wooden-spoon list for the women's singles at the US Open 2005:

1. KIM CLIJSTERS (4)
2. MARY PIERCE (12)
3. MARIA SHARAPOVA (1)
4. ELENA DEMENTIEVA (6)
5. VENUS WILLIAMS (10)
6. AMELIE MAURESMO (3)
7. NADIA PETROVA (9)
8. LINDSAY DAVENPORT (2)
9. Maria Vento-Kabchi
10. JUSTINE HENIN-HARDENNE (7)
11. Sania Mirza
12. PATTY SCHNYDER (11)
13. SERENA WILLIAMS (8)
14. ELENA LIKHOVTSEVA (19)
15. NICOLE VAIDISOVA (26)
16. NATHALIE DECHY (15)
17. AI SUGIYAMA (30)
18. JELENA JANKOVIC (17)
19. Julia Schruff
20. ANNA CHAKVETADZE (29)
21. DANIELA HANTUCHOVA (20)
22. ANNA-LENA GROENEFELD (31)
23. Laura Granville
24. ANABEL MEDINA GARRIGUES (32)
25. Shahar Peer
26. Yoon-Jeong Cho
27. Marion Bartoli
28. SHINOBU ASAGOE (24)
29. FRANCESCA SCHIAVONE (25)
30. ANASTASIA MYSKINA (13)
31. Ivana Lisjak (Q)
32. TATIANA GOLOVIN (23)
33. Fabiola Zuluaga
34. Katarina Srebotnik
35. Dally Randriantefy
36. Mariana Diaz-Oliva
37. Maria Kirilenko
38. Sesil Karatantcheva
39. Aiko Nakamura
40. Pauline Parmentier (Q)
41. ANA IVANOVIC (18)
42. Maria Sanchez Lorenzo (LL)
43. Maria Elena Camerin
44. Martina Sucha
45. Catalina Castano
46. Magdalena Maleeva
47. Jie Zheng
48. Vania King (Q)
49. Michaela Pastikova
50. Alexa Glatch (WC)
51. Lisa Raymond
52. Jill Craybas
53. Maria Emilia Salerni (Q)
54. Virginie Razzano
55. Nicole Pratt
56. Tiantian Sun (Q)
57. VERA DOUCHEVINA (33)
58. GISELA DULKO (27)
59. Shenay Perry (WC)
60. Evgenia Linetskaya
61. Emma Laine (Q)
62. Amy Frazier
63. Ekaterina Bychkova
64. Anna Smashnova
65. Martina Muller (Q)
66. Mara Santangelo
67. Eleni Daniilidou
68. Lucie Safarova
69. Rika Fujiwara
70. Roberta Vinci
71. Eva Birnerova
72. Na Li
73. Sanda Mamic
74. Zuzana Ondraskova
75. Mashona Washington
76. Conchita Martinez
77. Yung-Jan Chan (Q)
78. Tathiana Garbin
79. Kveta Peschke
80. Severine Beltrame
81. Alyona Bondarenko
82. Denisa Chladkova
83. FLAVIA PENNETTA (28)
84. Viktoriya Kutuzova (Q)
85. Camille Pin
86. Kristina Brandi
87. SILVIA FARINA ELIA (22)
88. Karolina Sprem
89. Marta Domachowska
90. Arantxa Parra Santonja
91. Barbora Strycova
92. Stephanie Cohen-Aloro
93. Jelena Kostanic
94. Tamarine Tanasugarn
95. Emilie Loit
96. Virginia Ruano Pascual (Q)
97. Ashley Harkleroad (WC)
98. Su-Wei Hsieh (Q)
99. Mary Gambale (WC)
100. Bethanie Mattek (WC)
101. Laura Pous Tio
102. Meghann Shaughnessy
103. Marissa Irvin
104. Antonella Serra Zanetti
105. Lindsay Lee-Waters
106. Angela Haynes (WC)
107. DINARA SAFINA (21)
108. Sybille Bammer (Q)
109. Alina Jidkova
110. Emmanuelle Gagliardi (LL)
111. Iveta Benesova
112. Klara Koukalova
113. Rita Grande
114. Yuliana Fedak
115. Anne Kremer (Q)
116. Jamea Jackson
117. Jessica Kirkland (WC)
118. Abigail Spears
119. Akiko Morigami
120. Samantha Stosur
121. Tiffany Dabek (Q)
122. Stephanie Foretz (Q)
123. ALICIA MOLIK (14)
124. Nuria Llagostera Vives
125. Shuai Peng
126. Carly Gullickson (WC)
127. SVETLANA KUZNETSOVA (5)
128. Sandra Kloesel (Q)

So Sandra Klösel has the dubious honour of being the wooden-spoonist of the US Open 2005 - she's at the end of the longest losing chain.

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Old Sep 12th, 2005, 12:44 AM   #2
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Old Sep 12th, 2005, 03:23 AM   #3
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its funny how its always players who suck- kloesel, welford, santangelo...
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Old Sep 12th, 2005, 03:53 AM   #4
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its funny how its always players who suck- kloesel, welford, santangelo...
it is kinda ironic how you say that, when Molik was 123rd
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