5 Responses

  1. Andrew
    Andrew October 2, 2013 at 5:02 pm |

    First of all, nice find: you could be a sleuth.

    Secondly, no surprise in many ways that Serena leads the pack in so many categories.

    What I find interesting though is whether a player’s serve and return of serve statistics correlate with their ranking. For Serena, I think we can answer yes. But how about for the top 30, top 50, top 100? It is a great pity that the WTA does not publish this data in the same way as the ATP.

    Not that the ATP does much with its data nor locate it in a useful place. However, for my top 30, top 50 etc question above, it is this analysis that I have done for the ATP tour with their Top 200 “match facts” data:


    In the event that the WTA might have and release the same data, I would love to run the same analysis. WOuld make for great comparison with the men’s tour.

  2. Patrick of La Verne
    Patrick of La Verne October 2, 2013 at 10:17 pm |

    JJ, I’m a little surprised that a statistically oriented tennis fan like yourself had never come across the WTA Press Center, which is the storage depot for WTA statistics such as they are. Career records for the top players past and present on each surface, are just some of the numerous other tables available.

    Actually though, the current week’s statistics don’t display Serena’s statistical dominance quite as well as those from some earlier weeks.

    On 8-12, Serena led in 6 of the 10 categories, with a 2nd, 3rd, and a 4th in three others.

    On 8-26 she led in 6 of the 10, with a 2nd (return games won(, a tie for 2nd (Pts won returning 2nd service), and a third (Break points converted).

    Actually, as impressive as her serving statistics are, they are not as good as they were last year,

    Here are her serving numbers from year end last year (10/29/2012) and this year (YTD):

    Aces 2012 484 (in 58 matches) 2013 419 ( in 69 matches)
    1st serve pts won 2012 77.8% 2013 74.8%
    2nd serve pts won 2012 54.0% 2013 51.9%
    Service Games won 2012 87.5% 2013 84.3%
    Break Pts Saved 2012 67.8% 2013 63.5%

    On the other hand her return statistics are considerably better this year than last. At year end last year (10/29) she was only 5th in pts won returning 1st service, 5th in pts won returning 2nd service, 6th in return games won, and she was outside the top 10 in break pts converted.

  3. Mary
    Mary October 4, 2013 at 6:20 pm |

    A Few Pharmaceutical Reasons Why Serena Williams is Amazing…she is on steroids. Oh wait, that’s only one reason, but it’s one that no one wants to talk about. She could be a poster child for steroid usage:
    -more muscular than any MAN on tour;
    -developed her musculature extremely fast;
    -maintains it without regular and intense gym time;
    -serves a good 40 mph faster than the average woman on tour;
    -has frequent outbursts of uncontrollable anger;
    -has health problems common in roid users (pulmonary embolism);
    -refuses and flees from drug tests;
    -regularly cycles in and out of the tournament with various illness and injuries are similar to roid users cycling on and off the drug;
    -etc. etc. etc.

    The WTA is both cowardly and greedy for not intervening. It is wrong that Serena–who most likely would be a tough competitor without steroids-has stolen so many matches and titles from deserving players who simply couldn’t beat a doped up beast. And it’s exceptionally wrong for her family and friends to sit by idly while she destroys her health.

  4. Asx
    Asx October 4, 2013 at 11:24 pm |

    LMAO MAry you are such a hating bitch. Get a life.

  5. 6. WTA tennis: Data 0.0 | Cleaning the lines

    […] week, Juan José Vallejo, a blogger for The Changeover website, reported on the statistical dominance of Serena Williams on the WTA Tour, the women’s professional tennis […]

Comments are closed.