It's more a case of having a protected seeding
, instead of a protected ranking.
For example: Lindsay was injured when she was #1, right? Say she doesn't get the protected ranking thing, and when she comes back she's ranked #15 (gasp
). That means if she came back and played at Wimbledon, she'd be the 15th seed, and possibly would have to play the #1 or #2 seed in the round of 16 of the tournament.
If Lindsay gets the protected ranking, on the other hand, that wouldn't happen. Since Lindsay was #1 when she went out to injury, the protection would allow her to be given one of the top seedings, even if her standing in the rankings is much lower than that, and she wouldn't have to play the other top seeds until the semifinals or finals of the tournament.
In other words... even though she can't keep the actual ranking
that she had before she was injured, at tournaments they would "pretend" she was still ranked that high and give her a top seeding
I hope that makes sense. I'm like Jan... I understand what I mean, I just don't know if I'm being successful and getting others to understand it.