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.
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.
2010 World Masters seeds:
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 Sarah Nelson (AUS); 2 Lisa Cowlard (NZL); 3 Judith Casbolt (NZL); 4 Simone Korell (GER); 5/8 Isabelle Tweedle (ENG), Vicki Beker (NZL), Delana de Jongh (RSA) and Sonja Schrijvers (BEL)
1 Mandy Akin (ENG); 2 Kathryn Austin (NZL); 3 Fran Wallis (GBR); 4 Sil Schrijvers (BEL); 5/8 Claire Baker (ENG), Bea de Dreu-Spitse NED), Carin Clonda (EST) and Sharon le Roux (RSA)
1 Julie Field (ENG); 2 Lisa O'Grady (RSA); 3 Karen Hume (ENG); 4 Karen Walton (NZL); 5/8 Jan Miller (AUS), Eunice Bond (SCO), Lynne Davies (WAL) and Jane Berkley Segall (USA)
1 Vicki Cardwell (AUS); 3 Pauline Douglas (SCO); 3 Carolyn Roylance (GBR); 4 Jan Ellis (ENG); 5/8 Freda Walker (NZL), Maureen Carroll (SCO), Denise Kyme (BER) and Melanie Knibbs (RSA)
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)
1 Averil Heath (RSA); 2 Dawn Kaiser (RSA); 3 Barbara Sanderson (IRL); 4 Julie Therese Wilson (AUS)