2014 Commonwealth Games: Alison & Emma Beddoes win ‘Bronze’ in the Women’s Doubles
and Alison & Peter Barker win ‘Silver’ in the Mixed Doubles.
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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!”
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Top seeds England completed their fourth successive European Team Championship double in Riccione, Italy, today, but both the men and women were made to battle by France for their titles.
Alison Waters sealed a 2-1 victory in the women’s final after Camille Serme’s win over Laura Massaro had cancelled out Sarah-Jane Perry’s success in the opening rubber, before James Willstrop, Nick Matthew and Peter Barker were pushed to the limit in securing a 3-0 success in the men’s competition.
Perry opened up proceedings with an 11-7, 11-7, 11-5 win over world no.74 Cyrielle Peltier, but France levelled matters when fifth-ranked Serme upset the world champion 11-6, 10-12, 11-6, 11-8.
However, Waters clinched England’s 36th women’s title in 37 attempts when she overpowered 59th-ranked Laura Pomportes 11-2, 11-5, 11-7.
The men, who only beat France on games countback in last year’s final, knew they were going to be in a fight from the start as Willstrop needed five games to repel world no.23 Mathieu Castagnet 11-6, 7-11, 8-11, 11-4, 11-6.
Next on were old rivals Matthew and Greg Gaultier, respectively two and one in the world, and their match was shaping up into a typically tense affair until Gaultier suffered a knock from Matthew in the back of the calf, with the Yorkshireman leading 2/1 in games but trailing 3-5 in the fourth.
The Frenchman took a 30-minute break in an attempt to recover from the injury, but he couldn’t move properly when the players returned to the court and so Matthew closed out a 9-11, 11-6, 11-7, 11-7 success.
Barker then wrapped up England’s 39th title from 42 championships and 22nd in a row by outlasting world no.33 Gregoire Marche 8-11, 11-6, 6-11, 11-5, 11-6, rendering Daryl Selby’s rubber against Lucas Serme unnecessary.
Matthew tweeted afterwards: “You cannot underestimate how difficult a title this is to win. Proud of the boys & girls yet again.
“France put up a great fight in both finals & players like Mathieu, Greg M & Camille are improving & making it tougher every year.
“In my personal match it was unfortunate for it to end like it did & I hope Greg recovers & is fit for the @BOSquash in a couple of weeks.”
Leaving for the World Open on Thursday 13th match and this year it’s held in Penang, Malaysia. Very excited to be going back there after being there 13 years ago when I was 17 for the world juniors. I have some great memories there. Mum is coming with me and we are being kindly hosted by the Park Royal Hotel for the ten day stay.
Many thanks to them for this and I’m really looking forward to the trip. First round starts on the 18th march and I’m playing Joshna Chinnapa first up.
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