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NZ Seeded Fifth for Worlds2012 Paul Hornsby with WW Squad

The draw for the World Women's Team Championships has been produced, with NZ seeded fifth.

NZ Seeded Fifth for Worlds

The draw for the World Women's Team Championships has been produced, with NZ seeded fifth.

A record 26 nations will take part in the biennial World Squash Federation event hosted by Fédération Française de Squash from 12-17 November and staged in France for the first time in its 33-year history.  The championships in Nimes will be held at the La Parnasse Arena - where action will take place on three new state-of-the-art all-glass show courts - as well as at the eight-court Club des Costières.

New Zealand has been seeded fifth of these teams, and the draw has the team placed in Pool E along with USA and Japan.  Should New Zealand top its pool (as expected), a likely quarter-final showdown with Hong Kong (fourth seeds) looms. 

England, runners-up in the previous two championships, have been named as top seeds, with Egypt second.  Both boast powerful lineups, with their top three players all top twenty players.  Malaysia, led by world number one Nicol David, are the third seeds and will be looking to improve upon their third place finish at the last two World Championships.

In 2010, with the event held in Palmerston North, the New Zealand team rode a wave of strong public support to fourth place.  However not to be forgotten was the nail-biter semi-final against England, in which New Zealand was mere points away from an upset victory (and a place inAmanda L-M Most Improved Female the final). 

The team will again fancy its chances in France. NZ #1 Joelle King is in career best form, winning the recent Macau Open and registering semi-final and final finishes at recent WSA Gold Events in USA and China.  The experience of Jaclyn Hawkes at #2 is always tough to beat, and will similarly be a real asset to the team.  The other two players in the team (Kylie Lindsay and Amanda Landers-Murphy - pictured at right accepting the 2012 Most Improved Player award from Coach Paul Hornsby) have both enjoyed strong years on the WSA world circuit and made significant rankings jumps.  They will be looking forward to making their mark on their first senior World Championships and helping New Zealand to better its seeding.

New Zealand has a proud history of achievement at the event, topped by runner-up finishes in 1985 and 1992, and a host of third placings.  New Zealand has never finished lower than fifth (2006) at the event, and will be looking to better this if at all possible.

The full seedings are available here: http://www.worldsquash.org/.

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