England number one Tania Bailey has been named as top seed for next month's British National Championships, which will be held in Manchester, from 12-17 February.
The championships, in their 12th successive year in Manchester and sixth year at the National Squash Centre in Sportcity, have attracted world class fields from throughout the UK. In addition to the men's and women's open events, the tournament will feature Masters championships in age-group categories ranging from Over-35 to Over-70.
Tania Bailey will be hoping to reclaim the women's title she lost to England team-mate Jenny Duncalf last year. The 28-year-old world No5 from Stamford in Lincolnshire won the crown for the first time in 2006 - but crashed out to Duncalf in last year's quarter-finals.
Duncalf, 25, from Harrogate in Yorkshire, is the third seed - but in 2007 fought through the event as sixth seed to claim her maiden national title.
Local star Vicky Botwright is named as second seed. But the 30-year-old world No6 has hitherto failed to fulfil her promise in the Nationals - with the quarter-finals being her best finish, five times in the last six years!
Lancashire county team-mate Laura Lengthorn-Massaro - the world No11 from Preston who caused Botwright's downfall last year - is the fourth seed. Londoner Alison Waters, a surprise runner-up twice in the last three years, is seeded five.
1 Tania Bailey (Lincs)
2 Vicky Botwright (Lancs)
3 Jenny Duncalf (Yorks)
4 Laura Lengthorn-Massaro (Lancs)
5 Alison Waters (Middx)
6 Madeline Perry (Ireland)
7 Dominique Lloyd-Walter (Middx)
8 Lauren Briggs (Essex)
For ticket details, visit the official website: www.nationalsquashchamps.co.uk
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