If Lindsay is being given a special seeding dispensation, the fair thing to do would be to slot the displaced player in her section. In the US Open example, whoever gets bumped to #5 should get placed in Lindsay's quarter automatically. If Lindsay reaches the quarters and defeats #5, she will have justified her seeding. If she loses early, it will actually make things easier on #5, as her draw will open up.
The only gripe the #5 would then have is if she has to go 3 tough sets to beat Lindsay in the quarters, and is worn down for her semi. But then, without a special seeding, she could have drawn Lindsay in the the 4th round.
Last edited by Brian Stewart; Jul 23rd, 2002 at 05:27 PM.