Last weekend I got to the semi-finals of the British open losing out to Nicol David 3-0. She played too well on the day and there isn’t much you can do when your opponent is playing like that. I can only think that next time I will do better and I will train hard to do this.
It was a great week in hull and the first time we have played on a football pitch so it was a different experience for everyone but a good one. Congratulations to Laura Massaro on winning, a great achievement. I’m off to Glasgow for the weekend as we have a practice doubles competition in preparation for the commonwealth games next year. This will be a great chance for all of us to try out the new 13inch tin and to gain valuable experience at playing at the actual venue for where the CWG will be held.
Then it’s back home and its summer holidays. I’m off to Los Angeles and Las Vegas for 12 days and I can’t wait!!! Some much needed sun and maybe this could be the making of ‘The Hangover 4’. Let the fun begin!!!
Good week at the European champs and we brought home both the men’s and women’s titles.
We beat the Irish 2-1 and the men beat the French team in a very tight final. We all enjoyed the week and it is always nice to be away as a team and you can’t beat playing for England.
Sarah Jane did a good initiation at the finals dinner which consisted of a Gangnam style dance down the centre of the room ending up on stage strutting her moves. Top marks!
It was a big night for my premier league team Tuesday as it was the finals in Nottingham vs Duffield. I unfortunately missed out on playing as I have been suffering from an ear infection all week so was disappointed to not play. We won though 3-2 so that was our 5th title and 4 in a row which i think is an unbelievable achievement. Delighted for the team and manager Pete Smith as I know it’s tough to organise the team throughout the year but as always he does a fantastic job.
The British open is next in Hull and it’s the last tournament of the season before the summer break. We start on the 21st May. Come and show your support. It should be a great tournament.
Heading off to the European Championships today in Amsterdam today.
We are number one seeds in both the Men’s and Women’s events. I’m really looking forward to the week ahead as I love the team events and playing for England. We start in a pool group of 4 teams with two matches on Wednesday and one Thursday. Our women’s team is Laura Massaro, me, Jenny Duncalf and a debut for Sarah Jane Perry. Looking forward to the initiation!!!! It should be a great week and hopefully we can bring both the titles home. Ali xx
I am back from Malaysia now where I got to the final losing out to Laura Massaro. It was a good but tough week and there were certainly no easy matches. There are always things to work on and am now looking forward to a good 6 weeks of training getting ready for the British Open in Hull. I ‘m having a few days rest now to let the body recover and to get over the jetlag. 8 hours is no fun!! Early mornings and early nights is the common theme. We have a big match on Tuesday 9th when it’s the semi finals of the premier league. We are playing at home (Croydon) and are taking on Oxford. It should be a great night of squash so come down and support us. The new April rankings are out and after getting to the final in Malaysia I’m back up to 4.
It was the first time that an English player made it to the KL Open Final (Malaysia) and after a string of excellent results in the early rounds, both Alison and Laura made it through.
Final: Laura Massaro beat Alison Waters 11/9, 11/7, 11/6 (3-0)
Semi Finals: Alison beat Joelle King 12/10, 11/5, 12/10 (3-0)
Last night was week 9 in the Premier Squash League and I am pleased to say that my team ‘Integrity Surry H&R’ beat ‘UWE Bristol’ 4-1
These are individual match results
INTEGRITY SURREY H&R 4-1 UWE BRISTOL
Peter Barker 3-0 Arthur Gaskin 11/2, 11/7, 11/5 Adrian Grant 2-3 Lucas Serme 4/11, 5/11, 11/8, 14/12, 8/11 Adrian Waller 3-0 Tom Ford 11/6, 11/8, 11/8 Richie Fallows 3-0 Sam Ellis 12/10, 11/8, 11/4 Alison Waters 3-0 Emma Chorley 11/5, 11/2, 11/1
Next match is on the 26th March and is away to IGT Winchester