Joeh - quite funny that post - made me laugh especially the bit about the British scrubs beating other scrubs. I agree with your comments though. I know Lisicki reached the final - which is more than our scrubs have done - but that must be at least six years or more ago and at least it is only a qwc but even so. Easy Solution - in an ideal world - scrap mdwc's at GS events unless it is really justified such as in Swiatek's case. Unfortunately, it won't happen though.
I know you are very vocal about wildcards, but this really couldn't have gone much better from your perspective - you often say why should people jump the queue over those who have worked hard etc. well Watson is literally that person being 3 out, so if you scrap wildcards for slams, she gets in by ranking - you can have no complaints with that.
It looks like the final 'WCs', if Ilkley is won by Linette, Rybarikova or Jorovic, will be:
Jorovic (next in), Kumkhum (next in), Watson (next in), Swiatek (next in) Jakupovic (next in), Zhu (next in), Dart (MDWC), Swan (MDWC)
or if Ilkley is won by someone else other than those 3:
Jorovic (next in), Kumkhum (next in), Watson (next in), Swiatek (next in) Jakupovic (next in), Ilkley winner (MDWC), Dart (MDWC), Swan (MDWC)
That realistically can't be too bad for someone predominantly so against wildcards.