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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.

JAPAN

Japan did not participate two years ago in Canada and make their return this year. Their number 1 is Misaki Kobayashi, higher ranked female Japanese player of all times. The rest of the team is very young, but watch for Satomi Watanabe: the 17-year old – based in Penang, Malaysia – was runner-up in this year’s Asian Junior Championship and has already beaten a few players ranked in the top 100.

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TEAM FACTS

Japan’s result in 2014 in WWTC

Did not participate

Japan’s best result in WWTC

Twelfth in 2008

PLAYERS’ FACTS

MISAKI KOBAYASHI

26 years old … #38 in the world (November 2016) … Highest world ranking 29 in January 2014 … 8 titles on the professional tour … 7 times Japanese Nationals champion … Played for Japan in the 2008, 2010 and 2012 Women’s World Team Championships.

SATOMI WATANABE

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17 years old … #138 in the world (November 2016) … Highest world ranking 103 in June and July 2015 … 2016 Asian Junior Open Championship runner-up … 2016 Hong-Kong Junior Open Champion … 2015 US Junior Open Champion.

MAMI SAKAI

18 years old … 2016 Hong-Kong Junior Open semi-finalist.

RISA SUGIMOTO

22 years old … 2016 East Asian Championship runner-up … 2010 Scottish Junior Open runner-up … Played for Japan in the 2012 Women’s World Team Championship.

Source: www.squashinfo.com

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