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‘Off to the World Open’

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.

http://www.parkroyalhotels.com/en/hotels/malaysia/penang/parkroyal/

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.

Ali xx

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‘Birthday Girl Waters Relishing Penang Return’ – From England Squash Website

Middlesex’s Alison Waters insists she has put her Chicago setback behind her and is now ready to celebrate her 30th birthday in style at the World Championship in Malaysia next week.

The world no.4 hits the big ‘three-oh’ on March 19, the day after she opens her Worlds campaign in Penang against Indian Joshana Chinappa, and is relishing a return to the city where she helped England to the World Junior Women’s Team Championship in 2001.

“I have some great memories of Penang,” she recalled. “We played our World Junior Teams there when we were 17 and the team was myself, Jenny [Duncalf], Laura [Massaro], Sarah [Kippax] and Tina Rix. We won the event and it was an amazing three weeks out there.

“I’m really looking forward to seeing how it’s changed from 13 years ago. My Mum is coming as well (she came for the World Juniors) and it’s my 30th birthday when I’m out there as well, so I’m really excited about the trip.

“Mum and I fly out on Thursday and we are being kindly hosted by the Park Royal Hotel in Penang, who have given us accommodation for the 10 days. Very exciting!”

Waters has a consistent record in the women’s global showpiece, having reached the quarter-finals or better in every World Open since 2008.

“Yes, I love the Worlds,” she said. “It’s the biggest tournament of the year and one I really want to do well in. I would love to get my name on the trophy and to be able to say I’m world champion would be pretty amazing!”

As regards her draw, she is in the same half as home favourite and seven-time champion Nicol David, but she is looking no further than her match against world no.19 Chinappa, whom she has beaten three times in three meetings.

“I just take one match at a time at tournaments, as you can’t really plan who you might play,” Waters said. “I do know that I play Joshana in the first round and she is a good, skilful player. We played in Hong Kong in December and I won 3/1, so I’m really looking forward to it.

“The depth in the draw is really strong, so there are no easy matches. I know that if I play my game and play well, then there is no reason why I can’t do well.”

Waters found that out the hard way at the Windy City Open in Chicago, where she suffered a surprise 3/0 loss to world no.6 Camille Serme in the quarter-finals, two weeks after winning her fourth British title

“Yes, it was disappointing to lose in the quarters,” she commented. “Camille played very well and never really allowed me into the match. I have played better, though, so I know there is more to come.

“It was definitely a few weeks of highs and lows, but that is sport and something you have to deal with. I’m now really looking forward to the Worlds.”

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‘Returning from Chicago’

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.


Ali xx

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‘New Welwyn Garden City resident crowned National Squash Champion’

Thanks to the ‘Welwyn Hatfield Times’ for doing this nice article about me

http://tinyurl.com/nt5th4y

Ali xx

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‘I’m on Twitter!!!’

Follow me on Twitter on @aliwat1

Ali xx

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‘Off to Chicago’

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

Ha ha!!

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

Happy Watching

Ali xx

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England Squash Website: ‘Waters Targets World & Open Titles’

”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)

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‘Alison retains British National Title’

***’Alison Waters becomes the 2014 British National Squash Champion’***

Final
(2) Alison Waters beat Madeline Perry (3/4)
11/3, 11/6, 11/6, (3-0)
33 Minutes

(Pictures courtesy of Squashsite)

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‘Pressure Not On Me!’

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]

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‘After My Two American Tournaments’

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!!!!

Ali xx

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