Originally Posted by Tomas11
how unfair is that? Chladkova lost r3 of qualies, and she gets to the 2nd round???
surely had it been a Williams or a Clijsters then we would have seen a bye...
No we would not. If a player with a Bye withdraws, then their spot goes to a Lucky Loser just like someone who withdraws from the first round. The Lucky Loser gets the Bye as well.
If the withdrawal was before the draws were set, then the tournament could re-seed and replace the player with the next in line for the main draw. The new player player would get direct entry, but not the seed or the Bye. The seed and the Bye, would go to the next highest rank player, in this case Mauresmo.
Once the draws are set, there is no re-seeding, so the spot goes to a lucky loser, including the Bye.
This happened last year on the ATP tour in Tokyo, with Eric Taino, who lost his last qualifying match, getting the Lucky Loser spot of I believe Magnus Norman, who had to withdraw with an injury. Norman had a BYE, so Taino took his place in the draw. I raised the same question at the time.
It seems unfair, but once draws are set, you can't just take the next in line out of the qualifying draw and put them in the main draw, since qualifying has started. What can be considered unfair is Clijsters not announcing her withdrawal earlier if she knew that she wouldn't appear. But that would just mean that Anna, assuming she drew the same place in the bracket, would face Mauresmo.
Bottom line, Anna is not being treated unfairly, and still has the easiest draw in a tough tournament.