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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.

GERMANY

Unlike the four other countries, Germany was once a major player in women’s squash, finishing in the top 8 in the WWTC between 1987 and 2000, and clinching numerous silver medals in Europe behind unbeatable England. This success was strongly related to Sabine Schoene, by far the best German female player ever (she reached a highest world ranking of 6 in 1997) and times have been more difficult since her retirement. Like two years ago in Canada, Germany will be led by Sina Wall, their only player who plays on the PSA World Tour on a regular basis.

TEAM FACTS

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Germany’s result in 2014 in WWTC

Fifteenth

Germany’s best result in WWTC

Fourth in 1989 and 1990

PLAYERS’ FACTS

SINA WALL

26 years old … #63 in the world (November 2016) … Highest world ranking 41 in December 2011 and March 2012  … 2016 Edinburgh Open runner-up … 2011 and 2015 German Nationals Champion … 2008 German Junior Open Champion … 2008 Belgium Junior Open Champion … 2006 European Junior U19 Team Champion and European Junior U17 Team Champion … Played for Germany in the 2008 and 2014 Women’s World Team Championships.

SHARON SINCLAIR

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Photo credit: www.fnp.de

25 years old … #196 in the world (November 2016) … Highest world ranking 186 in August and September 2016 … 2016 German Nationals Champion … 2005 European Junior U15 Team Championship runner-up.

FRANZISKA HENNES

24 years old … Highest world ranking 105 in May 2014 … … 2009 European Junior U19 Team Champion … 2013 and 2014 German Nationals champion … Played for Germany in the 2012 and 2014 Women’s World Team Championships.

SASKIA BEINHARD

17 years old … 2015 German Junior Open semi finalist.

Source: www.squashinfo.com

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