20: The 2016 WWTC will be the twentieth in its history. So far, 9 have been held in Europe (2 in the Netherlands, 2 in England, 1 in France, 1 in Germany, 1 in Denmark, 1 in Ireland and 1 in Guernsey), 4 in North America (all of them in Canada), 4 in Oceania (2 in Australia and 2 in New Zealand), 1 in Africa (Egypt), and 1 in Asia (Malaysia).
9: The number of gold medals won by Australia and the biggest in that department. Nevertheless England tops the medal rankings (18 including 7 gold), to which one can add the title won by Great Britain in 1979. The only other country who won the tournament is Egypt, in 2008 and 2012. Will Nour El Sherbini (second from the right on the picture below) and her teammates extend this ongoing run series of one victory every four years in Paris?
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10: The number of consecutive finals played by Australia between 1987 and 2004, including four titles in a row in 1992, 1994.1996 and 1998. Not surprising since the Aussies could rely on the likes of Michelle Martin (world number 1 between 1993 and 1996) and Sarah Fitz-Gerald who held this position until 1998.
7: Nobody has more gold medals than Sarah Fitz-Gerald (on the left on the picture below) , who won 7 of the 8 WWTC she was part of. In 2010, she played a very important part in her team’s victory while she was 42 years old (and had retired from the tour since 2003)!
19: England (who played as Great Britain in the first WWTC in 1979) finished top 3 in all of the 19 championships!
5: The number of consecutive top 3 finishes for Malaysia (from 2006 to 2014), the series still being ongoing. This golden era is obviously directly related to the dominance of Nicol David (world number 1 for a record-breaking 109 months in a row between August 2006 and August 2015!)
30: During this time, David did not lose a match in the WWTC (30 matches won in a row). The last player who beat her in the tournament is Australia’s Rachael Grinham in 2004. The Malaysian player will participate in her eighth World Team Championships in Paris.
8: Only eight countries have shared the 57 medals awarded since the launch of the WWTC. Two of them won’t feature in Paris: Ireland (for the first time) and South Africa. Could it be the opportunity for others to clinch their first piece of silverware?
4: Why not France? The host country won the title 4 times in 19 WWTCs. Les Bleues, whose best result is sixth, would settle for any metal though…
10: If she is picked, Egyptian player Omnenya Abdel Kawy will participate in her tenth World Team Championships in Paris. She would be the first to reach this milestone according to the available records.
13: Like Kawy, she is not guaranteed a spot in the Egyptian squad because of its strength in depth. But Nour El Tayeb can rely on her record in the WWTC to convince her coach, being unbeaten in 13 matches.
3: Among the ones who are still currently playing on the tour, Australia’s Rachael Grinham (picture above) has won the biggest number of titles (3). She is followed by Egypt’s Raneem El Welily and Omneya Abdel Kawy, as well as England’s Alison Waters (2).
17: The number of teams who will be part of the competition in Paris. There were 3 more in 2014 in Niagara Falls. Five teams will miss this year’s event (Ireland, South Africa, Colombia, China and Guatemala) while two countries make their return (Japan and Netherlands). The record entry was 26 teams in Nimes in 2012.