True but irrelevant to the matter under discussion. .......... You may attribute various meanings to the term "start of the Tournament", but no one of them can refer to the week of March 11th, while the first round of the Main Draw is scheduled for March 6th/7th.
Speaking of irrelevance and making things more confusing, explain to me where I said March 11 was a possible candidate for anything?
The WTA Rulebook can sometimes be ambiguous or obscure, but there's no need to make it more obscure than it actually is.
I don't need to add ambiguity, there is plenty there already!
[I didn't even mention the question of what is meant by "the week". In ordinary usage, a calendar week typically means Sunday-Saturday, but for some people it means Monday-Sunday. I don't recall anywhere in the rulebook that addresses this question explicitly, so to make sure we aren't thinking of two different things when we say "the week", in the context of this WTA rule, I take it to implicitly mean Monday through Sunday (each week's rankings are effective Monday through Sunday).]
The point is whether the IW seeds will be based on the ranking list of Monday March the 4th. That was what Coolfish and some other posters asked about.
That is the question I answered - whether the wording unambiguously lets one decide between Feb 25 or Mar 4 rankings for the seeding of the main draw. I am in agreement that it could not be March 4 for IW this year and never suggested it should be (or March 11 for that matter). What I cautioned is that it is not because of the reason you gave .... and give again.
And this question is unambigously settled by the WTA Rulebook - the answer is no. Seeding will be based on the WTA Rankings the week prior to the start of the Tournament, let me recall the corresponding regulation.
If this is the reason you are again citing for why the seedings for the IW main draw are not those of March 4 (because March 4 is in the same week as the start of play in the main draw?), I again advise you to look at tournaments which start on a Saturday or Sunday, where seedings are based on rankings from the same week as the start of the Tournament, not the week prior to it.
As far as I've been able to discern, the WTA always uses the rankings in effect at the time the qualifying draw is conducted. That's what I said in my first response and stuck to all along. Without knowing that, the sentence you keep saying is unambiguous is actually totally uninterpretable.