*clears throat* Thanks to my knowledgeable buddy MH0861, I have been appropriately enlightened on the new LL procedure at slams: it's drawn out of the four highest-ranked losers, to make it more lucky, I guess. So Ro Ro has to take pot*cough*belly*cough* luck.
subject of Dally Randriantefy, the Madagascan Empress
Wrong again Vogus. You obviously are not up on the latest qualifying rules. The 4 highest ranked 3rd round losers go into a pool the decide the order in which the lucky loser places get dished out. I'd say Oprandi still has a good chance of getting a LL place but it is no a forgone conclusion and you'd would be wrong to assume the Oprandi tanked for that reason. Infact under the new system Julia would have been just as likely to get a LL spot herself as she would have been one of the 4 highest ranked 3rd round losers had she lost.