Germany’s former world no. 6 Sabine Schoene (pic) is set to star the World Masters Championships in Cologne where she is the only local player seeded to win one of the 17 titles. The World Masters are being staged in Germany for the 1st time in its 34-year history. The 36-year-old from Munich 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. Frenchman Renan Lavigne – a former world no.17 – is also making his Masters debut as top seed in the Men’s Over-35 event. England is expected to win six titles in the championships, with Australia and South Africa each predicted to gain four.