World No62 Charles Sharpes is the top seed in the men’s draw and will be looking to go one better than last year when he lost the final to Ben Coleman in a five game battle. Sharpes’ main challengers are likely to be second seed and World No83 Declan James, James Earles and Nathan Lake.
This year is Carrie Ramsey’s final chance to add the Under 23 crown to the British and European Under 19 titles she won back in 2010. Ramsey has suffered final heartache in both the last two years finishing runner up to double champion Sarah-Jane Perry.
Ramsey starts as the No1 seed but is drawn to meet Victoria Temple-Murray in the final, which would be a repeat of last weekend’s Northumbria Open final, in which Temple-Murray triumphed 3-1.
In an added incentive to the prestigious national titles on offer the champions will also qualify to line up in the PSA & WSA qualifying draws of the Allam British Open which takes place from 10-18 May in Hull.