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‘Alison Thanks Family and Friends For Success’

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.”

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