For a different take on tennis I visited tennisinsight.com.
Since the next major – the Australian Open – is a hard court tournament I compared their hard court ratings with the ATP ratings (sorry, they don’t do hard court ratings for WTA, at least not yet). Okay one, two three and four are Djokovic, Federer, Murray and Nadal any way you look at it. Hard court ratings have Berdych next instead of Ferrer but Ferrer is 6th. Both have del Potro 7th. Here is where it gets interesting. On the hard court ratings we have Tommy Haas 8th (21st), Mardy Fish 9th (27th) and Jo Wilfried Tsonga 10th (8th). If we seeded 16 players – and if they all entered – the next 6 players are Gasquet 11th (10th), Raonic 12th (13th), Tipsarevic 13th (9th), Querrey 14th (22nd), Baghdatis 15th (36th) and Wawrinka 16th (17th). Actual rankings are in parenthesis. It will be interesting to see which numbers are more accurate at the Brisbane International tournament January 1-8. Murray, Raonic and Baghdatis are entered. They also ranked Kei Nishikori 17th, Dolgopolov 19th and Cilic 20th and they are playing too. It will be a good tournament to see which seedings are more accurate predictors in the end.
Next up was tennisstat.blogspot.com where I found an artcile on Kim Clijsters that compared her pre-marriage career to her post marriage career (Kim Clijsters – Final Farewell). Althought his is not a stat filled article, it was a well written account of her career in brief. The next articles ( Serena Williams, Maria Sharapova, Victoria Azarenka – Who is World no.1 (2012) ? – Part 1 , and Serena Williams, Maria Sharapova, Victoria Azarenka – Who is World no.1 (2012) ? – Part 2 ) are filled with statistics including a summary chart for the first half of the year. Azarenka’s record against top 10 players was 12-3, Sharapova’s record was 8-4 and Serena’s was 5-1. For the year, Azarenka was 19-8, Sharapova was 14-9 and Srena was 18-2. Serena won 7 titles, Azarenka won 6 and Sharapova won 3. The second article looks at the second half of the season and shows how each player got their points.