Re: How would you seed Miami under pre-ranking rules?
I'd seed Miami something along the lines of....
1. Venus Williams
2. Kim Clijsters
3. Jelena Jankovic (she's a crowd favorite anywhere she goes)
4. Caroline Wozniacki
5. Justine Henin
6. Svetlana Kuznetsova (former champ, has made two SFs in a row)
7. Elena Dementieva
8. Flavia Pennetta (she's Italian, but the multi-cultural crowd would love her spice)
That's how I'd go for the top eight. You have all your main stars and bright personalities in the top five, then someone who has done really well at the tournament/the crowd will know her, perennial fan favorite anywhere in Dementieva, and then a pretty Italian girl with some spunk to round it out.