Bartoli winning Wimbledon lesser news than Djokovic, Murray making the final

Is women’s tennis less popular than men’s tennis? This seems to be the case, at least by one measure — Google News rankings.

A couple of hours after Marion Bartoli from France won her first Wimbledon (and her first-ever slam tournament), the news of the event ranked lower in Google News than the previous day’s news about the upcoming Wimbledon Men’s final between Novak Djokovic from Serbia and Andy Murray from the United Kingdom.

How does Google News rank news stories?

 (Search Engine Land)

In this case the publication is the same (USA TODAY), as are the topic and geography. Bartoli’s story’s freshness could not offset the influence of the other deciding factor — user clicks.

See below screenshots of this morning’s Google News sports section on web and mobile.

Bartoli Djokovic Murray Wimbledon final news web
Bartoli Djokovic Murray Wimbledon final news web
Bartoli Djokovic Murray Wimbledon final news mobile
Bartoli Djokovic Murray Wimbledon final news mobile

 

2 comments

  1. Perhaps I missed s’thing, but a single ranking on a single paper, separated by a single point , is hardly news in itself ;-)

    • Probably not newsworthy, but I was so surprised to see it, I wrote the post impulsively. It is also important to realize that this is Google’s ranking, not the publication’s. With everything else (all other “signals”) being equal, it is safe to deduce that it was user clicks (i.e., interest) that produced this ranking.

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