Schoene Set To Star In Maiden World Masters Appearance In Germany
23 Aug 2010
Germany's former world No6 Sabine Schoene is set to star in this week's World Masters Squash Championships in Cologne where she is the only local player seeded to win one of the 17 titles on offer in the World Squash Federation event being staged in Germany for the first time in its 34-year history.
The 36-year-old from Munich, making her first appearance on the international stage for more than six years, is top seed in the Women's Over-35 championship. Schoene, the German national champion an incredible 17 times, enjoyed a distinguished career on the international circuit, reaching the World Open semi-finals in 1993 and winning the silver medal in the World Games in 1997.
England are expected to win six titles in the championships, with Australia and South Africa each predicted to gain four. England's Averil Murphy, defending champion and top seed in the Women's Over-60 event, is one of six players hoping to win a record-equalling fourth World Masters trophy.
Kiwi Barry Gardiner is hoping to repeat 2008 home soil success in the Men's Over-70 championship.
After winning her last World Masters title in 2001, Australia's distinguished former World Open champion Vicki Cardwell is expected to pick up the Women's Over-55 title in Cologne.
Just nine months after celebrating his 35th birthday, Frenchman Renan Lavigne - a former world No17 - is making his Masters debut as top seed in the Men's Over-35 event.
2010 World Masters seeds:
1 Brian Cook (AUS), 2 Hugh Colburn (AUS), 3 Keith Jones (ENG), 4 Chris Grainger (RSA); 5/8 John Oliver Smith (GBR), Aubrey Waddy (ENG), Peter Graham (ENG) and Frederik Christoffel Bester (RSA)
1 Adrian Wright (ENG); 2 Chris Ansell (ENG); 3 Ken Johnson (GBR); 4 Antony Michael Martin (RSA); 5/8 Len Froggitt (ENG), Barrie McDevitt AUS), David Alec Barnes (ENG) and Gerald A Poulton (CAN)
1 Sabine Schoene (GER); 2 Yoriko Michishita (JPN); 3 Peta Murphy (AUS); 4 Sam Herbert (RSA); 5/8
Karen Meakins (BAR), Melanie Kreisel (GER), Marie Johnson Vlcek (USA) and Hanna Maaria Rusila (FIN)
1 Averil Murphy (ENG); 2 Marilyn Kennedy (AUS); 3 Bett Dryhurst (GBR); 4 Margaret Hunt-Kemp (RSA); 5/8 Kathy Paterson (AUS), Christine Avis McIntyre (AUS), Claire Bryars (FRA) and Yvonne Cook (AUS)
1 Glenda Erasmus (RSA); 2 Sheena Worwood (RSA); 3 Maeve Spotswood (IRL); 4 Eliza Jane MacDonald (NZL); 5/8 Joan Witton (ENG), Ingrid Keuntje (GER), Norma Fulling (GBR) and Jill Mitchell (AUS)