Women’s World Team Squash Championships 2014
1st – 6th December 2014 (Niagra-on-the-Lake, Canada)
In a dramatic climax to the 2014 SHOP.CA WSF Women’s World Team Squash Championship today in Canada, second seeds England defeated first-time finalists Malaysia 2/1 to win the biennial World Squash Federation championship for the seventh time.
Appearing in their eleventh straight final, England won their seventh Women’s World Team title with a 2-1 victory over Malaysia.
Sarah-Jane Perry got England off to a great start with a 3-0 win but world number one Nicol David responded to set up a decider, which Alison Waters took in four games to give England the title – their first since Edmonton 2006, also in Canada.
FINAL: England 2-1 Malaysia
#3: Sarah-Jane Perry 3-0 Delia Arnold 11-8, 11-9, 11-7 (44m)
#1: Laura Massaro 0-3 Nicol David 8-11, 9-11, 3-11 (44m)
#2: Alison Waters v Low Wee Wern 11-8, 11-7, 8-11, 11-4 (69m)
There has been a bit of a break since the last tournament (US open) so it has been a good chance to get some good training in.
Up next is the Women’s World team event in Canada. We leave on Friday 28th November. Really looking forward to going and it’s always a huge honour playing for England and something that is very important to me. It’s only held every two years and we are seeded two behind Egypt.
Check out http://www.wsfwomensteams.com for team details and the schedule for the week. Quarter finals onwards are being streamed on PSA squash tv so keep tuned in.
Come on England!!
(5) Alison lost to (3) Raneem El Welily
9/11, 8/11, 5/11 (32m)
(5) Alison beat Nouran Gohar (EGY)
12/10, 11/8, 1/11, 15/17, 11/2 (62m)
(5) Alison beat (Q) Salma Hany Ibrahim (EGY)
11/9, 11/8, 11/3 (29m)
For more information and to follow the event, please visit Squashsite
Alison spoke with England Squash & Racketball
Londoner Alison Waters today publicly thanked her family and friends for helping kick-start a transformation in her results that brought her the biggest WSA Tour title of her illustrious career in New York on Monday night.
The 30-year-old British champion saw her world ranking dip a place to seven at the beginning of this month after first-round defeats in the China and Malaysian Opens, but the Carol Weymuller Open witnessed a dramatic turnaround in her fortunes.
“Yes, I didn’t have the best start back after the Commonwealth Games and I felt pretty low mentally after I got back from Shanghai,” Waters admitted.
“Without going into too much detail, I spoke to family and close friends about a lot of things, and they all helped me get back on track. It’s at times like these that you realise how important friends and family are, and I thank them so much for their support over the last period.”
The double 2014 Commonwealth Games medallist described the New York title as “definitely one of the highlights” of a WSA career that began in 2000.
“It’s my first WSA Gold tournament win and my first title for two years, so it feels pretty great to have won,” she said. “It’s always a tournament I enjoy, as it feels like home away from home, and so I think that helped me play some of my best squash.”
However, celebrations will have to wait, as Waters is straight back in Tour action on Saturday at the U.S. Open in Philadelphia, where she faces a qualifier in the first round.
“I just want to continue where I left off here really, to enjoy playing and to get stuck in 100% whether I’m winning or losing,” she said. “That was key for me this week. I gave it my all.”
Alison beat Omneya Abdel Kawy
9/11, 12/10, 11/5, 12/10 (3-1)
Alison beat Raneem El Welily
7/11, 9/11, 11/7, 12/10, 11/3 (3-2)
Alison beat Nicolette Fernandes
14/12, 11/2, 11/4 (3-0)
Alison beat Lina Hansen
11/6. 11/8, 11/5 (3-0)
2014 Commonwealth Games: Alison & Emma Beddoes win ‘Bronze’ in the Women’s Doubles
and Alison & Peter Barker win ‘Silver’ in the Mixed Doubles.
Bronze Medal Play-off
 Joelle King (NZL) 3-0  Alison Waters (ENG) 11-7, 11-7, 11-5
 Laura Massaro (ENG) 3-1  Alison Waters (ENG) 11-5, 12-14, 11-3, 11-8 (65m)
 Alison Waters (ENG) 3-1  Dipika Pallikal (IND) 8-11, 11-2, 11-9 , 11-6 (44m)
 Alison Waters (ENG) 3-1  Rachael Grinham (AUS) 11-5, 2-11 ,14-12 , 11-9 (49m)
 Alison Waters (ENG) 3-0 Eli Webb (PNG) 11-2, 11-1, 11-2
Alison Waters believes she is fit and ready to take on the busiest programme of England’s squash squad at the Commonwealth Games.
The 30-year-old Londoner is the only player in the 10-strong selection who will be taking part in three events in Glasgow – namely the women’s singles, women’s doubles and mixed doubles – but she is positively embracing the challenge.
“Yes it’s a tough schedule, but one I’m really looking forward to,” she said. “I have prepared well over the summer mentally and physically, and I’m ready for it.”
The world no.6 has no fears about switching from the singles, where she is seeded fourth, to the doubles, in which she is seeded third with Emma Beddoes and fourth with Peter Barker.
“It will be fine,” she said. “We have had lots of squads over the summer where we have been swapping from singles to doubles. It’s easier going that way round than doubles to singles.
“After the singles has finished, we will go over our doubles tactics and mindset, and we will be ready to go.”
As Waters said, the two singles events take place first – from July 24 to 28 – with the three doubles tournaments following from July 29 to August 3, and she is optimistic of her first Commonwealth medal.
“I think if I/we play to our potential, then we have a good chance of getting some medals,” she said. “It would mean a great deal to me to win a medal. It would be very special.”
This will be Waters’ third Games and she has mixed memories over the first two – in Melbourne in 2006 and Delhi in 2010 – with her Indian trip being marred by an injury in the singles which prevented her taking part in the bronze-medal play-off and the doubles events.
“My first CWG was in Melbourne and that was incredible,” she recalled. “It was very exciting and you kind of walk around in a daze initially. The atmosphere was so good and it’s such a unique experience to be involved with so many other athletes and sports.
“Delhi was equally exciting, but a bit different to Melbourne. We didn’t really leave the CWG village at all apart from going to play, so it was like being in our own little world for two weeks. One of the best things was the 24-hour food hall – very, very exciting, but a bit daunting at first!
“Delhi was tough, though. It was one of my toughest times in squash due to getting injured and one I still don’t really forget about. I would love to do well in Glasgow to put some of that disappointment behind me, but I don’t really need any extra motivation – it’s the Commonwealth Games!”