Latest from Alison

‘Presenting Trophies at the English Junior Open’

I had a nice Sunday afternoon today (3rd March) presenting trophies at the English Junior Open.

The event was held at the Wimbledon Racquets & Fitness Club in Surrey and over 250 juniors took part.

Congratulations to all the winners.

Ali xx

 

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‘Harry Faulkner’

I am so sad to hear the news that 18 year old squash player Harry Faulkner died last week.

I had only met Harry a few times but having been on court with him, I knew he was a great talent and had a bright future ahead of him. Not only this, but he a great person off-court and much loved by everyone who knew him. My thoughts go to his family and friends at this time.

People should be made aware of c-r-y which is the Cardiac Risk in the Young organisation.

Everyone should get tested and look at their website www.c-r-y.org.uk where you can book a test.

Things like this shouldn’t be happening! It’s too young! So please please get tested.

Alison

‘WSA Comeback Player of the Year’


I’m delighted to have won the ‘WSA Vicki Cardwell Comeback Player of the Year’ award for 2012.

I remember going to Wembley when i was a kid to watch the British open and running down after the matches to collect Vicki’s autograph so it makes it extra special winning this award. Thank you very much to WSA for voting for me.
 
I’m thrilled that after being out injured for over a year with an Achilles injury that in 2012 I won five WSA tournaments and got my ranking back to 4 in the world.

I’m looking forward to 2013 now and the year ahead.

Ali xx
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Update: 26th January 2013

I have had a really good months training since Christmas which has been tough but have really enjoyed it.

Am now feeling ready and raring to go for the upcoming tournaments. I’m off on Wednesday 30th for a Gold Event in Cleveland, Ohio. I have played this tournament for a few years now and really love playing there. We stay with families and I’m staying at the same family that I normally stay with and I can’t wait to see them!

First round starts Saturday 2nd February and I’m drawn against a qualifier.

Ready to rock and roll!

Ali xx

Happy New Year

Happy New Year! Here’s to a great 2013 for everyone.

I’m really looking forward to this year and hopefully it’s going to be a big year. My first tournament is the Cleveland Classic starting on the 2nd February. It’s quite nice to have a month at home really getting stuck into good training and working on lots of things. 

We had a busy end to the year so I had nice ten day break over Christmas and the New Year and now I feel refreshed and ready to go again! Looking forward to the challenges ahead!

Alison xx

Update 21st September

Malaysian Open

First round
Alison Waters beats Liu Tsz Ling
11/6 11/4 11/2

Last 16
Alison Waters beats Natalie Grinham
11/6 9/11 12/10 11/5

Quarter finals Alison Waters lost Raneem el Weleily
10/12 11/5 6/11 3/11

 

Sorry for the delay in news, someone hacked my website!!!!!! All sorted now!

After New Zealand i had about ten days at home recovering and getting back into some training then it was off to Kuala Lumpur for the Malaysian Open which was a World Series event.

Was pleased to get my first ever win against Natalie Grinham in the last 16 and it was a good match and a good one to win. Onto the quarters vs Raneem which moved to the glass court in the shopping mall. Tough match and all credit to Raneem she played really well and was the better player on the day. If I had won the first game then that might have changed things slightly
but it was good to play her as she has had a good year and isn’t number two in the world for no reason! I Learnt a lot from that match and even though it was hard to loose I have definitely come home with some clear things to work on and this can only make me a better player in the end!

Have Had a good weeks training at home since been back and off to America on Saturday.

First stop Brooklyn heights for a gold event followed by the US open in Philadelphia which is a World Series tournament. I love America and am really looking forward to both tournaments. I’m qualifying in both as the draws went on last month’s ranking which I was ranked 15! Hopefully these will be my last events having to qualify. My ranking as from the 1st September was 9 so that means now I go straight into the main draws!

America here we come!!!

6th August 2012 – Update

I have had a good five weeks training since my last tournament in Paris. Have been mixing up the training with a good variety of hitting, weights, circuits and playing. We have had England training squads as well which have been really good and it’s nice to get on court with the other girls. The camps have always had a good atmosphere with everyone working hard.

I leave for a three week trip to Australia and New Zealand on Monday 6th and am really looking forward to it. A week in Melbourne first, training and acclimatising and then onto Canberra for the Australian Open. It’s winter time there now… Brrrr! After Canberra it’s straight onto New Zealand for a tournament in Mata Mata. I’ve never been to New Zealand before so am really excited about that. Having loved the lord of the rings films I can’t wait to see it for myself!

On another note it’s been great watching the Olympics but I do have a love hate relationship with it! It all looks absolutely amazing and it’s great to see Team GB doing well. At the same time it’s so hard watching as we all know how much squash deserves its place in the Olympics and how incredible it would be for the sport. So everyone please back the bid for 2020 and get squash in its rightful place where it deserves to be!!

Ali x

‘Pleased to have won WSA Pyramides’

Had a great week in Paris winning the WSA Pyramids tournament!

I played six matches in total with two in qualifying and then had some tough matches in the main round.  I won in five games in the quarter finals against Madeline Perry then had a 3-1 win in the semi-finals against Omneya Abdel Kawy.  In the final I player Malaysian, Low Wee Wern and was really pleased that I won 3-1.

Played some good squash throughout the week and it feels great to have won another title!

The event was brilliant and we were well looked after and I can see why the tournament is a favourite amongst the players!  Massive thanks to Fred and his team who did a fantastic job in organising everything!! A great time had by all!

So it’s back home now for a few days rest then 5 weeks training before I go to two tournaments in Australia and New Zealand! We have quite a few squads in Manchester over the coming weeks so that will be good and am looking forward to getting stuck back into training and getting ready for a busy period from August!!

‘A Word from Alison’ (1st June 2012)

‘’I had a good ten days rest after the British Open with a little trip to Keswick in the lake district. Did some good long walks and we were very lucky that the weather was so good the whole time. Also we did a day and a half of doubles in Birmingham where we were testing out the new tin sizes for the Commonwealth games. 11, 13 and 15inch! It definitely made the game much more exciting and thumbs ups for the 13inch tin. So actually my time of wasn’t really resting!! I prefer active rest if there is such a thing!!

I have been back training since Monday and it’s always bit of a shock to the system, especially getting back into the weights. I have a good solid four weeks training before a tournament in Paris, followed by another 5 weeks training before two tournaments in Australia and New Zealand. The summer is the time where we step up training and get some really good fitness work in. It will be a lot of on court work and also some tough running sessions outside as well. I will also be getting some good hitting practice in and really trying to work on aspects of my game which I feel need improving. I will be doing most of my training at Hatfield and Potters bar where there will be a good group of us training. It’s tough but everyone really enjoys it and my aim is not to come last doing the running sessions ….as I do tend to find myself! (am totally out of my comfort zone running!!!)   It will be interesting to see which one of the boy’s cries first… ha!’’

Bring on the Summer!

‘A Word from Alison’ (May 12th)

I have had a good weeks training ahead of the British Open starting on Tuesday. The week started off well with my Premier League Team winning the title on Tuesday night down at Guildford. I lost my match to Laura Massaro 3-1 but the team did brilliantly and we made history by being the first team to win the league three years in a row! It was a great night and a really good atmosphere.

So I’m all set for the British Open. It’s great to have the event back on the calendar after a few years absence and its one tournament that I really want to win. I remember when I was younger going to watch when it was on at Wembley and I absolutely loved it. Going down after each match to collect autographs is something I always remember. To be playing in the event again and especially as it’s on in my home town London and at the O2 makes it even more special.

First round we are playing at the great St Georges hill club on the glass court there. I had a practice on it on Friday and it’s a nice court, pretty fast and lively. I’m playing Malaysian Low Wee Wern who I don’t think I have played before in a WSA event.

Can’t wait to get started! The British Open is back!!