OK this week we know for sure the WTA used the new rankings without bonus points to seed for Gold Coast and Auckland. In the Gold Coast Draw, it says Patty Schnyder is ranked #6. In the Auckland Draw, it says Nadia Petrova is ranked #7. This is all NEW RANKINGs in which Justine is ranked #8. Also Daniela was seeded #2 in Auckland ahead of Elena L which is only the case if they used NEW RANKINGS.
says the rankings for Sydney are
1. Kim Clijsters (Belgium)
2. Amelie Mauresmo (France)
3. Justin Henin-Hardenne (Belgium)
4. Patty Schnyder (Switzerland)
5. Nadia Petrova (Russia)
6. Francesca Schiavone (Italy)
7. Nicole Vaidisova (Czech Republic)
8. Elena Likhovtseva (Russia)
which uses the OLD RANKINGS with bonus points, putting Justine at #6, Patty at #7 and Nadia at #8. Also Elena L is seeded while Daniela is unseeded.
This is just totally stupid by the WTA. Either use the new rankings for all tournaments or use the old rankings for all tournaments
What next, we go back to the 1995 way of ranking for seeding the Australian Open?