Latest from Alison

Women’s World Squash Championship

Just back from the world open in Cairo. Great tournament for me getting to the semi finals.

Big win over Laura Massaro in the quarters and then a tough match with Raneem losing 3-1.

The final was amazing and summed up everything about the brutal highs and lows of sport. I still get goosebumps now thinking about it.

It was an incredible atmosphere and if anyone at the IOC were watching they should see what an incredible sport squash is and how much it deserves Olympic recognition!

For me it has been an amazing three weeks, to win the world teams in Canada two weeks ago and to be semi finalist this week has given me good confidence and am looking forward to taking that into 2015 with me.

A little break now over Christmas and then back into training ready for the TOC event in New York where in another major step forward we have equal prize money.

Fantastic for the game and hopefully most major events will be that in time.

Happy Christmas and happy new year.

Thanks for all the support

Ali xx

 

 

Alison’s Results

Round 1
Alison beat Heba El Torky (Egy)   
11/8, 11/6, 11/6 (34m)

Round 2
Alison beat Sarah-Jane Perry
11/7, 11/6, 11/3 (31m)

Quarter Finals
Alison beat Laura Massaro
12/14, 11/2, 11/7, 11/9 (52m)

Semi-Finals
Alison lost to Raneem El Welily
6/11, 9/11. 11/9, 5/11 (48m)

 

‘The US Open’ (9th-18th October)

 

Quarter Finals
(5) Alison lost to (3) Raneem El Welily 
9/11, 8/11, 5/11 (32m)

 

Last 16
(5) Alison beat Nouran Gohar (EGY)
12/10, 11/8, 1/11, 15/17, 11/2 (62m)

 

1st Round
(5) Alison beat (Q) Salma Hany Ibrahim (EGY)
11/9, 11/8, 11/3 (29m)

 

For more information and to follow the event, please visit Squashsite

Alison wins ‘Carol Weymuller Open 2014’ (New York)

Final:
Alison beat Omneya Abdel Kawy 
9/11, 12/10, 11/5, 12/10 (3-1)

Semi Final:
Alison beat Raneem El Welily

7/11, 9/11, 11/7, 12/10, 11/3 (3-2)

Quarter Finals:
Alison beat Nicolette Fernandes
14/12, 11/2, 11/4 (3-0)

1st Round: 
Alison beat Lina Hansen
11/6. 11/8, 11/5 (3-0)

 

 

‘Alison at The British Open 2014’

Saturday 17th May
Semi Finals:
(5) Alison Waters lost to (1) Nicol David
11/8, 5/11, 4/11, 2/11, (43m)

 

Friday 16th May 
Quarter Finals:
(5) Alison Waters beat (4) Joelle King
11/4, 8/11, 11/5, 11/1 (46m)

 

Thursday 15th May 
Round 2:
(5) Alison Waters beat (Q) Tesni Evans
11-7, 11-9, 11-6 (31m)

 

Tuesday 13th May
Round 1:

(5) Alison Waters beat (Q) Samantha Cornett
9-11, 11-7, 11-6, 6-11, 11-6 (62m)

 

Latest News from the British Open is available at www.allambritishopensquash.com

 

‘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

‘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

‘Tournament of Champions’ (New York – Jan 2014)

Semi-Finals
Alison Waters lost to Nicol David
11/8, 11/8, 12/10 (46m)

‘’The scores were close but I was always playing catch up really. I was never really in the lead and this paid the price in the end. I had to work hard to claw down her lead and even though I did get each game to 8-8 it was poor starts in the games which cost me. Nicol played really well and was hitting a good consistent straight drive and she was hitting her targets well. I really enjoyed the match and I know that I pushed Nicol in all three games. She knows she has to work hard to beat me as I’m not going to lie down at all.

Some positives to take away from the match though and there are always things to work on and build on for the next event. I had played well in my first two rounds beating Amanda Sohby and then Sarah Jane Perry 3-0 so I knew going into the match I was playing well and I was feeling fresh which is key. It’s an amazing event here and the court setting is one of the best we play in. It’s a tournament where you want to keep playing and winning so you can keep performing on that amazing stage.

We are staying in New York for a few more nights then back to our billets in Brooklyn where we will stay and train until next Wednesday which is when we go to Cleveland for the next tournament.

The weather has been so cold here this week that this is the first time in New York where I haven’t even been shopping yet or even done much. All I know is its freezing and I don’t think I was built for the cold!! All good fun though and to play in Grand Central Station in New York City has to be up there with one of the best things!’’

Ali xx

 

Hong Kong Open 2013

Lost last night in the semi-finals of the Hong Kong Open to Nicol David 3-1. We both played some really good squash and I really enjoyed the match! I had my chances being 1-0 up and had game ball in the 2nd. To have gone 2-0 up would have changed the match entirely but Nicol won the 2nd 13-11 so being 1-1 it was game on again.

I felt like I had played well all week and was really happy with my performance this week and especially the way I felt I really pushed Nicol.  She played well as she always does and you don’t get any cheap points from her. Some rallies you feel you have to win it 2-3 times over to get the point, this is why she is such a great player. Every point has to be worked hard for.

It’s a month now before the next tournament in New York at the amazing grand central station. Can’t wait for this event and with a bit of rest over Christmas and some hard training I will be raring to go from where I have left of here!

Bring on 2014!

Ali xx

Alison Runner-Up at the KL Open


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)

Quarter Finals: Alison beat Nour El Sherbini 9/11, 12/10, 11/6, 10/12, 11/5 (3-2)

Last 16: Alison beat Kasey Brown 11/8, 9/11, 11/8, 11/5 (3-1)

1st Round: Alison beat Joey Chan 6/11, 11/3, 8/11, 11/8, 11/7 (3-2)

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Cleveland Classic – February 2013

First Round
Alison Waters beat Joshna Chinnapa
11/7 6/11 11/4 11/7

Quarter Finals
Alison Waters beat Nour El Sherbini
11/9 11/1 11/7

Semi- Finals

Alison Waters lost to Raneem El Weleily
9/11 9/11 5/11
 
‘Really enjoyable week in Cleveland.  I have stayed with the same family for the last few years now so it’s kind of home away from home which is nice!
 
First round I had a good match with Joshna. She played really well and really took the game to me. I got in front of her in the 3rd and 4th which made the difference.

The Quarter-Finals was a good match against Nour El Sherbini! Having played her for the first time in the world team finals winning 3-2 I knew it could be a tough match!
Got my game plan sorted and I managed to implement it well and was really pleased to win 3-0 and I felt sharp during the match!

Semi-Finals  v Raneem was tough and she was on form and playing well! The first two games were 9-9 so really I could have gone 2-0 up! She played the big points well and going 2-0 up she grew in confidence and it was a hard ask then! I don’t think I got my game plan right and was too passive and didn’t attack enough when I should have! A good one to learn from and makes me more determined to get it right next time!
 
Some positives to take away from this event and some clear things to work on as well!
 
Am heading home now to get ready for our British nationals staring next week on the 14th February which I look forward to playing every year!’

Alison xx