Hosts aim for another best in Nimes

Hosts France, who recorded a best-ever sixth place in the previous Women’s World Team championship yet are seeded ninth, are bidding to reach the last eight again next week in Nimes.

France will be led by Camille Serme, the 23-year-old world No14 from Paris who will be making her fourth successive appearance in the event since making her debut in 2006 in Canada. The former world No7 will be joined in the squad by world No41 Coline Aumard and championship debutantes Maud Duplomb and Laura Pomportes, ranked 71 & 63, respectively.

French team coach Philippe Signoret is looking forward to the championship: “Two years ago, in New Zealand, France achieved its best ranking with sixth place. The fact that the competition is organized in France adds an additional pressure for the team.

“It will be a pleasure to watch the girls progress in front of a French audience, which is rare for internationals events.”

Signoret admits that France will face some stiff opposition:

“England will have a great team with players ranked in the top 10. Malaysia will also be strong, with Nicol David, the world number one and her compatriot Low Wee Wern (the world No11),” said Signoret.

“Egypt also has a strong potential. However, there are other teams that could surprise us, I am thinking about Ireland, who beat us in the European Championship.

“Our first goal is to achieve the quarter-finals and, only at this moment, we could think about the podium.”

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