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The Women’s World Team Championship – which starts in less than two weeks in Paris – is not only about title holders England, or Egypt and their three players in the world top 4. There are smaller nations who haven’t made the top 10 for a long time (in fact, never for most of them). Nevertheless they will fight as hard as any other team to create some upsets and climb in the rankings. Today we focus on Germany, Mexico, Spain, Japan and Austria.

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It will be Austria’s eighth consecutive participation and they will try and improve their best result of sixteenth. They will count on the experience Birgit Coufal, who’s been a member of the top 100 for almost 10 years. The 31-year has led her team in the eight campaigns.

TEAM FACTS

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Austria’s result in 2014 in WWTC

Nineteenth

Austria’s best result in WWTC

Sixteenth in 2006 and 2010

PLAYERS’ FACTS

BIRGIT COUFAL

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31 years old … #85 in the world (November 2016) … Highest world ranking 52 in June-August 2013 … 8 titles on the professional tour … 10 times Austrian Nationals champion … 2001, 2002 and 2004 Austrian Junior Open Champion … Played for Austria in the 2002, 2004, 2006, 2008, 2010, 2012 and 2014 Women’s World Team Championships.

SANDRA POLAK

25 years old … #237 in the world (November 2016) … Highest world ranking 103 in October 2011 … 2009 Austrian and Italian Junior Open Champion … Played for Austria in the 2008 and 2010 Women’s World Team Championships.

SABRINA REHMAN

23 years old … Highest world ranking 186 in April 2012 … 2016 Austrian Nationals runner-up… Played for Austria in the 2010 Women’s World Team Championship.

JUDITH VAN DER MERWE

37 years old … 2016 Austrian Nationals quarter-finalist.

Source: www.squashinfo.com

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