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Old Jan 28th, 2006, 10:40 PM   #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 Australian Open 2006:

1. AMELIE MAURESMO (3)
2. JUSTINE HENIN-HARDENNE (8)
3. KIM CLIJSTERS (2)
4. MARIA SHARAPOVA (4)
5. PATTY SCHNYDER (7)
6. LINDSAY DAVENPORT (1)
7. Martina Hingis (WC)
8. NADIA PETROVA (6)
9. NICOLE VAIDISOVA (16)
10. Virginia Ruano Pascual
11. FRANCESCA SCHIAVONE (15)
12. DANIELA HANTUCHOVA (17)
13. ANASTASIA MYSKINA (12)
14. SVETLANA KUZNETSOVA (14)
15. Samantha Stosur
16. Elena Vesnina
17. Michaella Krajicek
18. Virginie Razzano
19. Roberta Vinci
20. Jelena Kostanic
21. Aiko Nakamura
22. MARIA KIRILENKO (25)
23. Iveta Benesova
24. Maria Elena Camerin
25. FLAVIA PENNETTA (20)
26. Laura Granville
27. Maria Sanchez Lorenzo
28. SERENA WILLIAMS (13)
29. Sofia Arvidsson
30. Mara Santangelo
31. Sybille Bammer
32. Olga Savchuk (Q)
33. Emilie Loit
34. Hana Sromova
35. Yuan,Meng (Q)
36. Ashley Harkleroad (Q)
37. Shinobu Asagoe
38. Karolina Sprem
39. Emma Laine
40. Martina Muller
41. Anna Chakvetadze
42. ELENA LIKHOVTSEVA (18)
43. Catalina Castano
44. Akgul Amanmuradova (WC)
45. Jamea Jackson
46. Arantxa Parra Santonja
47. ANA IVANOVIC (21)
48. Julia Schruff
49. SANIA MIRZA (32)
50. Conchita Martinez Granados
51. MARION BARTOLI (27)
52. Zuzana Ondraskova
53. GISELA DULKO (31)
54. Galina Voskoboeva
55. MARY PIERCE (5)
56. Ekaterina Bychkova
57. Martina Sucha
58. Tszvetana Pironkova
59. ANNA-LENA GROENEFELD (22)
60. Camille Pin
61. DINARA SAFINA (19)
62. Katarina Srebotnik
63. Yan,Zi
64. JELENA JANKOVIC (23)
65. Sun,Tiantian
66. Marta Domachowska
67. Cho,Yoon Jeong
68. Sandra Kloesel
69. Eleni Daniilidou
70. Casey Dellacqua (WC)
71. VERA ZVONAREVA (30)
72. Sophie Ferguson (WC)
73. Anastasiya Yakimova (Q)
74. Lourdes Dominguez Lino
75. Antonella Serra Zanetti
76. Saori Obata
77. Yuliana Fedak
78. Lauren Breadmore (WC)
79. Severine Bremond
80. Li,Ting (Q)
81. Kristina Brandi
82. Jelena Dokic (WC)
83. Meghann Shaughnessy
84. Mashona Washington
85. Alize Cornet (WC)
86. Evgenia Linetskaya
87. Rika Fujiwara
88. Yvonne Meusburger (Q)
89. Cara Black (Q)
90. Kathrin Woerle (Q)
91. Lucie Safarova
92. Li,Na
93. Maria Vento-Kabchi
94. TATIANA GOLOVIN (24)
95. Eva Birnerova
96. Tzipora Obziler (Q)
97. Viktoriya Kutuzova
98. Akiko Morigami
99. Melinda Czink
100. Peng,Shuai
101. Shahar Peer
102. Alona Bondarenko
103. Nuria Llagostera Vives
104. Jarmila Gajdosova (Q)
105. Zheng,Jie
106. Lisa Raymond
107. Vera Dushevina
108. Dally Randriantefy
109. Tamarine Tanasugarn (Q)
110. Tatiana Panova
111. Shenay Perry
112. ELENA DEMENTIEVA (9)
113. Victoria Azarenka (Q)
114. AI SUGIYAMA (26)
115. Amy Frazier
116. ANABEL MEDINA GARRIGUES (28)
117. Maret Ani
118. Emmanuelle Gagliardi
119. Nicole Pratt (WC)
120. KLARA KOUKALOVA (29)
121. Anna Smashnova
122. VENUS WILLIAMS (10)
123. Laura Pous Tio
124. Mariana Diaz-Oliva
125. Tathiana Garbin
126. Stephanie Foretz
127. NATHALIE DECHY (11)
128. Jill Craybas


So Jill Craybas has the dubious honour of being the wooden-spoonist of the Australian Open 2006 - she's at the end of the longest losing chain.

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Old Jan 29th, 2006, 10:06 PM   #2
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Nathalie Dechy at No.127
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