The women’s event predicts an all-English final, in which defending champion Jenny Duncalf is expected to meet top seed Tania Bailey. Second seed Duncalf, the world No10 from Harrogate in Yorkshire, is expected to face local opposition in the second round after a bye in the first - though France’s 9/16 seed Charlotte Delsinne will first have to beat unseeded Czech Jana Smeralova in the first round.
Bailey, the world No4 from Stamford in Lincolnshire who surrendered her British National Championship title to Duncalf in February, also has a bye in the first round – and will then face the winner of the match between Spain’s Laura Alonso Perez and Austria’s 9/16 seed Birgit Coufal.
This is the fourth year of the prestigious European Squash Federation event - but the first year in France - which is exclusively for Europeans. The men’s championship boasts 43 entries from 20 countries while the women’s event has 26 entries from 14 countries.
Women's 1st round draw:
 Tania Bailey (ENG) bye
[9/16] Birgit Coufal (AUT) v Laura Alonso Perez (ESP)
[9/16] Celia Allamargot (FRA) v Vaso Karasava (CYP)
[5/8] Pamela Pancis (AUT) v Diana Leguss (EST)
[5/8] Orla Noom (NED) bye
[9/16] Daniela Schumann (GER) v Ekatarina Glinchikova (RUS)
[9/16] Zuzana Vackova (CZE) v Laura Pomportes (FRA)
[3/4] Isabelle Stoehr (FRA) bye
[3/4] Annelize Naude (NED) bye
[9/16] Laurence Bois (FRA) v Linda Hruzikova (SVK)
[9/16] Anna-Carin Forstadius (SWE) v Olga Ertlova (CZE)
[5/8] Annabel Romedenne (BEL) v Zdravka Marselova (BUL)
[5/8] Margriet Huisman (NED) bye
[9/16] Soraya Renai (FRA) v Femke Ellens (CYP)
[9/16] Charlotte Delsinne (FRA) v Jana Smeralova (CZE)
 Jenny Duncalf (ENG) bye
- ENDS -
Issued on behalf of the European Squash Federation by Howard Harding
Tel: (44) 1737-243333 or (mobile) (44) 7773-325130
ESF 204 Email: HowHard@aol.com 13 June 2007