Alison Waters beat Sarah Kippax (3-0)
11/4, 11/5, 11/8
(article and photographs courtesy of Squashsite.co.uk)
Waters back … you bet
“The first quarter-final of the evening featured the fourth seed versus the eighth seed, but the expectations were that the lower-ranked player would win, giving us the first on-court upset of the main championships.
That’s because the eight seed was two-time National Champion Alison Waters, playing her first tournament for ten months, and although she’s slipped from 4 to 41 in the world she boasted a 5-0 winning record over her opponent Sarah Kippax who was bidding to reach her first Nationals semi-final in this, her fifth successive quarter-final.
And so it turned out on court as Waters assumed control from the start, moving freely, punching in those volleys she loves, and not letting Kippax get a hold on the match. The rallies were competitive, but it was generally Waters controlling them, always the one more likely to put in a winner, Kippax always the one more likely to find the tin.
Waters led from start to finish, 7/2 in the first, 7/2 in the second, Kippax got closer in the third to trail 3/5 and 4/6, but Waters opened out to 9/4 and although the last few rallies were probably the most competitive of the match there was only going to be one winner tonight.
Is Alison Waters back? You bet …”
“It felt very good to be back on this court, it’s been a long time. I was a bit nervous and I tried to tell myself not to get too excited, but I still went for a couple of crosscourt kills which went nowhere, but once I settled down I felt good.
“I feel quite close to my best – and the more I play the better I feel.
Sarah is a great athlete and will run everything down, but there was no pressure on me to do anything. I’m relaxed, and thankfully my injury problems are now well and truly behind me – and if I’m down in a game, I just think of what I’ve been through.”