Friday, July 1, 2011

Wimbledon: Ladies' Final

The 2011 Wimbledon Ladies' Final pits popular Maria Sharapova against relatively unknown, Petra Kvitova.  Sharapova is the #5 seed at Wimbledon while Kvitova is #8.  Kvitova has been rising steadily and rapidly in the world rankings.  Sharapova is a slight favorite to win the Championship, and our "Big Point Performance" favors Sharapova as well.

In previous tennis blog posts, and in our book, we devised a measure to study a player's recent performance on Big Points.  This measure of focus and mental toughness looks at break point conversions -- often the key to winning tennis matches.  Our Big Point Performance (BPP), gives the nod to Maria Sharapova to win another Wimbledon title, because she outperformed Kvitova in this stat during their quarterfinal and semifinal matches.  (This selection will count as part of our book's blog's "quant fact" prediction.)