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How Davenport's Special Ranking & Seeding Was Factored
August 07, 2002
Lindsay Davenport requested and the Sanex WTA Tour granted her a Special Ranking upon her return to the Tour. Normally, a player may not be seeded when she enters a tournament using her Special Ranking, however under the Rules, in extenuating circumstances, the Sanex WTA Tour has the authority to seed a player while she is playing under the Special Ranking Rule.
Davenport was number one (1) in the world in Singles when she was injured. The Tour reviewed her unique situation and under Tour rules determined that in addition to a Special Ranking, Lindsay would receive a Special Seeding in Singles.
Following are the conditions of Davenport’s Special Ranking/Special Seeding:
SPECIAL RANKING: Davenport was ranked #1 in the world in Singles and #25 in Doubles when she was forced to stop playing, therefore her Special Ranking in Singles is #1 and in Doubles it is # 25.
SPECIAL SEEDING: Based on her average ranking during the course of 2001, the Tour has granted her a Singles Special Seeding as if she were the number three (3) ranked player. (During 2001, her average ranking was #2.7 in the world).
HOW IT WORKS: Davenport will be treated as if she is the number 3 ranked player in the world, however, the actual #3 ranked player will always be seeded ahead of the Special Ranking #3 player.
If all of the top 3 ranked players are entered in a given tournament, Davenport will be seeded #4; if 2 of the top 3 are entered, she will be seeded # 3; if 1 of the top 3 is entered, she would be #2 and if none of the current top 3 ranked players in the world are entered Davenport would be seeded #1.
This Special Seeding will be implemented in the first 4 tournaments she plays upon her return to competition. After these four (4) tournaments, The Tour will review the situation and determine whether or not the Special Seeding shall be granted for her remaining 4 Special Ranking tournaments.
Davenport has not been granted a Special Seeding in Doubles. Her Doubles Special Ranking is #25 and she will not be eligible for seeding when she uses her Doubles Special Ranking.