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Venus Williams is #1 in New WTA "Power Index" Stat

Tuesday, August 7, 2007

The WTA Tour has come up with a new statistic called a "power index" to explore just how powerful the sport's women have become. The stat is figured by combining a player's fastest groundstroke (forehand or backhand), first and second serves, first and second serve returns and smash or volley into one score.

Venus Williams, on the heels of becoming the lowest seeded player to ever win Wimbledon, was top-ranked in the new stat during last week's Acura Classic, averaging 94.5 mph on her hardest shots.

Maria Kirilenko was second to Williams at 92.7 mph, while Victoria Azarenka was third at 92.3 mph. Tournament champion Maria Sharapova proved being the most powerful player on the tour isn't everything as she was fourth at 90.5 mph.

Posted by Shelia

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