Not always. Makarova withdrew from RG way ahead of time. A top player who gets injured won't hang around to scrounge half a R1 paycheque.
I think it's pretty clear that Makarova is out for a while and probably waiting to get a PR
. A breadline player with a small 4-8 week injury is probably going to go and get the 50% prize money.
My 2 cents on wildcards
Swiatek, Watson, Boulter, Dart & Swan are locks I suppose.
For the other 3 Bolsova is coming into the conversation but I don't know if her lack of grass pedigree will haunt her, but her story is interesting so that could help her.
The other drama is that of the first 5: 4 could end up not being used. Boulter and Dart are injured plus Watson and Swiatek could scrape in. That then giving more opportunity to those listed below.
Three 100k ITF's could in theory all have winners from the Maindraw. But they have kind of set a precedent of offering wildcards to those if needed
Last year the top 250 rule was heavily respected for the British girls and all 6 British girls who were contenders got them. But of the other British girls worth considering.
Bains - Gifted a WC to AO, so I think that may hamper her chances as a recent convert. She is likely to make the qualifying draw so maybe she should be getting one. And she won a Grass its in Aus earlier this year.
Dunne: Just outside top 250 but held her own against Ostapenko last year and has won a 60k. But all her other results have really lacked.
Burrage: Had some decent results including a 25k win plus other finals. Biggest improver this year.
Lumsden: I don't think her year has been that good but it is in the 'consideration' range.
Taylor: I think she's probably more talented than Dart and Swan, but seems to be really struggling to stay fit. So she is unlikely for anything more than a QWC.
Raducanu: Best prospect for British tennis although I think slightly too young for this year.
Qualifying I expect all 8 to go to Brits (Leonie Kung could be a consideration as the junior runner up in 2018)
Those rejected above obviously included here. But also considered
Jones - A great story considering her adversity that she has overcome so should be guaranteed.
Broady/Moore - Their games are very suited to grass but they have had ALOT of opportunities. Time might be over now since they look to be on the downer. Although Moore's epic comeback got her some relevance this year.
Webley-Smith - Also had a few chances before but she's actually made some inroads this year to climb the rankings.
Carreras- Her injury return has been good. Obviously, doesn't actually like grass but I think it would be a nice bit of support to offer her the Qualies pay check to help her continue to climb to the top 300.
Murray- also on the return former top 200 and very very likeable.
Allen - Another prospect of the juniors has received a QWC to Surbiton so must be on the radar somewhere at LTA.
Robson- If she declares herself fit I am certain she will get a QWC.
Silva/Barnett/Grey - all worthy of discussion but they seem to have stagnated. I think they struggled to get into ITF's early season. I assume there will be another play off and we will see them there.
College players. Since Paul Jubb won mens NCAA. Maybe they will start looking at the girls doing well over there like Arburthnott and Richardson and offer them a place in the play-off and see if they can covert that to something.
I've realised that I've now named nearly every british pro player but just went for it and kind of did an overview I suppose. Right now (assuming no withdrawals and all are fit)
8) 1 winner from the 100k series
1) Bains (although probably not needed)
2) Gabi Taylor
6) Webley Smith
7) Play off winners (probably Broady)
8) Play off winners (probably Murray)