I’m on the flight home from Chicago with 5 hours
to go on the clock, not that I’m counting down or anything….! I’m looking
forward to getting home after experiencing another polar vortex in Chicago. It
was freezing with temperatures as low as minus 14 and with Chicago being known
as the Windy City minus 14 with a wind chill is pretty awful.
Squash wise it was a mixed trip. First round I played Joey Chan and won 3-0. I
played well, I have had some tricky matches with Joey in the past as she is a
skill full little player. Next was onto the glass court in the amazing
cathedral hall, incredible venue with some amazing stained glass windows. A
very unique venue and somewhere I was looking forward to playing in.
I was up against Camille Serme and have been on the receiving ends of a few
loses to her at the end of last year, ( bar a win in league for me) so I knew
it was going to be tough match.
This time was no different and I lost 3-0. I thought Camille played well and
was definitely the better player on the day. She never allowed me to really
settle into the match and I struggled to gain the middle which is where I
thrive from. I had a game ball in the second and ended up losing that game
14-12. Being 2-0 down compared to 1-1 is a huge difference especially when
I wasn’t feeling 100% comfortable on there at times so it was going to be a big
ask to get that back…which I didn’t!
So it was a a tough lose and even though I potentially could have been 1-1 with
her I wasn’t and a 3-0 is a 3- 0. Playing any sport professionally is tough and
I think someone on the outside doesn’t really understand the highs and lows
that go with playing. Having won the nationals two weeks ago and being on a
high after that and feeling confident coming into Chicago it’s definitely a
back to reality feeling.
However with any match you have to analysis it and watch it back as painful as
that can be.
It’s the only way to learn and to improve for next time. Yes winning is the
best feeling and losing is the worst but you actually learn more from losing
and having watched my match back I’m looking forward to getting home and to
working on things in training to improve my game.
I leave for the World Open in Penang on the 13th march so you can’t dwell on
losing a match for to long, you sulk for a day (which I did) then you have to
learn from it, be positive and be ready to work hard when you get home. A new
challenge lies ahead with the World Open and it’s the most important tournament
of the year so all my attention will be into preparing for that.
Onwards and upwards.
Thanks to the ‘Welwyn Hatfield Times’ for doing this nice article about me
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I’m currently sat on a plane to Chicago aka the Windy City heading for the next WSA tournament. Am really excited about going to Chicago as it will be my first time there and it’s always Interesting to see a new city.
Since winning the nationals, this last week seems to have flown by. I had premier league down in Chichester where we won 4-1. Then it was up to Manchester for a CWG doubles squad so it has been pretty busy. I’m still really excited about my nationals win and I got asked if winning my 4th title meant as much, of course it does. The nationals are one of my priorities for the year and for me to say I’m National Champion 2014 is a great feeling. It makes all the hard work worthwhile and it’s why we play, to win things and to have great memories.
On another note and something I never thought I would say, ‘’I have joined Twitter!!’’ I have never been one to really want to share my life with lots of people who i don’t really know… BUT I can see how it’s good to basically push the squash side out there for promotion, to share results and to thank sponsors. As I’m obviously into self-promotion at the moment you can follow me at @aliwat1
Back to squash, and first round in Chicago starts on Friday 28th February, I play a qualifier first round.
I’m looking forward to getting back out there and pushing on from my national’s win, to play well, play my game and most importantly enjoy it. That’s all I can ask for. You can watch the action live on psasquashtv.com
”Alison Waters has set her sights on breaking her title duck at the World Championship and Allam British Open, after collecting her fourth National Championship in Manchester at the weekend.
The semi-finals are the furthest the 29-year-old from Middlesex has reached in both tournaments so far, but she is hoping for better luck at the Worlds in Malaysia next month and at the Open in Hull in May.
“All WSA tournaments are really important to me, as they are the ranking ones and ones I want to do well in, but obviously the World Championship and British Open are…………” (Click here to read the full article)
***’Alison Waters becomes the 2014 British National Squash Champion’***
(2) Alison Waters beat Madeline Perry (3/4)
11/3, 11/6, 11/6, (3-0)
(Pictures courtesy of Squashsite)
Defending champion Alison Waters believes there will be no pressure on her at this week’s National Championship in Manchester after she was seeded second for the British game’s showpiece.
Having avoided the favourite’s tag, which has gone to world number two Laura Massaro, Waters feels she can just go out on court at the National Squash Centre and enjoy herself.
“I’m seeded two for the tournament, so the pressure isn’t on me,” said the world number four from Middlesex. “I just want to play well, enjoy it and if I do these things, then I don’t see why I can’t win the title.
“As cliched as it sounds, I just take one match at a time and try not to look too far ahead in a draw. It’s a really strong field and everyone will be really keen to win the title, as I am, so we shall just see how the week………….
[Please click here to read the full article on the England Squash & Racketball Website]
Waiting for my flight home now from JFK. Cleveland had
snow storms last night so was lucky to get my flight as many were cancelled.
Smallest plane ever with a one and a two seat making a row up. In snowy
conditions as well, my favourite thing….!!
So had a great week in Cleveland and I love playing this tournament. Mainly
down to the fact that the family we stay with are amazing and it’s like home
away from home, never like leaving but my skin has finally had enough of the
freezing weather so it’s home bound for me!!
First round I played Dipika Palikal and won a tight 3-0. Dipika is a talented
player and has just gone to 10 in the world. Luckily for me she hit quite a few
errors and that was costly for her. Was pleased to get off in three and ready
for my match with Omneya abdel Kawy in the quarters. I have played Omneya so
many times as we came through juniors together. She would always beat me in
juniors and whenever we have played in WSA tournaments more or less it goes to
five games. This match was no different and I found myself 2-0 down. Managed to
win a tight 3rd game where Omneya had 3 match balls and after winning the 3rd
and a close 4th I pushed through and won the 5th quite comfortably. Think I
dodged a bullet but nether-less pleased to be in the semis. Up next was Annie
Au who was the giant killer of the tournament taking out all the seeds. Strange
match as I felt on top a lot of the match but still found myself in a 5th game
with her and it was neck and neck before I eventually lost 13-11 in the 5th!!!
Maybe having dodged a bullet the previous match I had run out of luck. Annie
played well and was very precise in her length and short game. Tough one to
lose especially with a chance to get into the final as well.
Onwards as they say and all in all a good trip with two semi finals. Three
weeks seems to have flown by and now I’m really looking forward to getting home
and seeing my newly decorated house that I have just moved into!! Not much time
off as I will be preparing for the national championships which start on the
13th Feb. There is nothing better than competing as this is what we do so
already I’m really excited about the nationals… Oh and getting back to some
warmer weather, no more minus 10 for me please!!!!
Alison Waters lost to Nicol David
11/8, 11/8, 12/10 (46m)
‘’The scores were close but I was always playing catch up really. I was never really in the lead and this paid the price in the end. I had to work hard to claw down her lead and even though I did get each game to 8-8 it was poor starts in the games which cost me. Nicol played really well and was hitting a good consistent straight drive and she was hitting her targets well. I really enjoyed the match and I know that I pushed Nicol in all three games. She knows she has to work hard to beat me as I’m not going to lie down at all.
Some positives to take away from the match though and there are always things to work on and build on for the next event. I had played well in my first two rounds beating Amanda Sohby and then Sarah Jane Perry 3-0 so I knew going into the match I was playing well and I was feeling fresh which is key. It’s an amazing event here and the court setting is one of the best we play in. It’s a tournament where you want to keep playing and winning so you can keep performing on that amazing stage.
We are staying in New York for a few more nights then back to our billets in Brooklyn where we will stay and train until next Wednesday which is when we go to Cleveland for the next tournament.
The weather has been so cold here this week that this is the first time in New York where I haven’t even been shopping yet or even done much. All I know is its freezing and I don’t think I was built for the cold!! All good fun though and to play in Grand Central Station in New York City has to be up there with one of the best things!’’
Article from England Squash & Racketball Website
Alison Waters today labelled 2014 “a huge year” as she particularly looked forward to competing at the Commonwealth Games in the summer and the World Women’s Team Championship in December.
The world number four from Middlesex aims to challenge for all the main WSA Tour titles as usual, but the Glasgow Games (CWG) and the world team event – which England haven’t won since 2006 – have especially caught her eye.
“My number one goal would be to challenge for the gold medal at the CWG in both the singles and doubles events,” she said.
“It’s a huge year for us. The CWG are only every four years………(Click here to finish reading article at ESR Website)