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Hong Kong Open

First Round 
Alison Waters beat Emma Beddoes 11/4 11/3 11/2

Last 16
Alison Waters beat Line Hansen 12/10 11/3 6/11 11/7

Quarter Finals
Alison Waters lost to Omneya Abdel Kawy 9/11 11/9 11/6 8/11 9/11

It was a big week in Hong Kong mainly due to the fact that the IOC were visiting for an Olympic visit. We are trying to get into the 2020 Olympics ( if you don’t know this then where have you been hiding?!!) and we were being assessed over the course of two days to see if we have what it takes to be an Olympic sport.. Of course we do!!!! The setting for the semis and final was on the spectacular harbour front, what a perfect setting; decision is next may so hopefully they liked what they saw.

Squash wise for me it started off well beating Emma Beddoes 3-0 who was coming back after a foot injury, then had a close match with Line Hansen, Line played really well and didn’t make it easy for me at all. Onto the quarter final downstairs on the lively one sided class court vs the inform Omneya Abdel Kawy. Very tight game and in every game it was point for point almost, no one really getting much of a lead at all. It was a fine margin between me losing 11-9 in the 5th and winning 11-9 in the 5th. Omneya played the big points well at the end and all credit to her really. I didn’t think I played badly at all, but some things to work on now which could make the small difference between the win and the loss.

Home now and having a few days recovering mainly from the 13 hour flight home and the 8 hour time difference. Then it’s back to training and then off next week to the Cayman Islands for the world open, the biggest tournament of the year. I missed last year’s world open due to injury so am really looking forward to playing this year! It’s pretty open this year and anyone on their day can cause an upset so it should be an exciting event.

Alison back in the World’s Top 5

WSA Rankings – November 2012

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China Open (Shanghai)

First round 
Alison Waters beat Joey Chan 11/6 8/11 11/2 9/11 11/4
 
Quarter finals
Alison Waters beat Raneem el Weleily 7/11 11/4 11/1 8/11 13/11
 
Semi final
Alison Waters lost Joelle King 10/12 4/11 6/11
 
Had an interesting  week in Shanghai, it was my first trip there and it was good to experience a different culture and see way of life out there. Eating out was good fun and some how we managed to order food in a combination of speaking English and nodding at their Chinese and somehow knowing what the other was saying!!! ( well almost…)
 
Squash wise, it was a bit of a mixed bag. Had a five setter in the first round vs Hong Kong player Joey Chan who is a nice little player and made me work for it. Quarter finals I had a tough match with Raneem winning 13/11 in the 5th. It was a really good game and I was really pleased to win especially as I had lost to her in Malaysia a few months ago in a fairly one sided game. Came out with a different game plan and I knew that If I could get this right and make the game tough then I stood a good chance. It was neck and neck in the 5th and I think I won it on my 3rd match ball.
Semis moved to the all glass court in the middle of a park in the centre of town which was a pretty spectacular venue. Unfortunately I lost to Joelle King 3-0, we had a tight first game 12-10 which was probably crucial for me in hindsight. Joelle played well and adapted to the court better than I did and made it tough for me to make any real in road. A bit of a disappointing end to the tournament but I have to look at the positives and beating Raneem was a real positive.
Note to self… Don’t have five setters in the first round!! Ha.
 
Am back home now and have two weeks now before we go to France for the world team event which we are all really looking forward to. I love team events, it’s a great week and especially nice as we all get on so well. We have all grown up together and it’s the same team as it was when we played world juniors at the age of 18. So that makes it really nice and and if we all play to our potentials then we stand a great chance.
 
So a few days rest then back into training. First stop is down in Exeter for Premier league tuesday night. We have a strong team out and are hoping to get a good result down there.
 
It’s nice to be back, bit cold though.. Brrrrrr!

 

US Open 2012 – 4th to 12th October

In Philadelphia for the US Open and this is my last tournament having to qualify! A little milestone that. First round in qualifying I beat Misaki Kobayashi 3-0 and that was a good start to the event.
Then I played a talented Egyptian Nour el Tayeb and won 3-2. She played well and I was a bit In and out mentally which you can’t afford to be at this level. Was pleased to play a good solid 5th game though and push through the match.

Onto the main round and was drawn to play Natalie Grinham, we had played a few weeks ago In Malaysia and I won a close 3-1. This time it was a tight 3-2. Again my focus wasn’t to great and Nat was playing some good squash and made it tough for me. I was pleased to win the match and it meant a repeat of my match last week with Nicol in the quarter finals.

This time she was the better player on the day. She made three errors in the whole match and that’s a pretty good statistic. I didn’t play badly but I wasn’t at the level you need to be to beat Nicol. The third was close and I actually felt that I was just starting to get a bit of joy out there, but it was just a little too late really.

All in all a good trip, semis in Brooklyn beating Nicol on the way being the highlight of the trip. Second tournament in Philadelphia was a different week, didn’t feel like I played that well particularly all week and think it was a case of literally dragging myself though the rounds. Then coming up against a woman on a mission (Nicol) in the quarters so all In all I can’t really complain.

Definitely some things to work on and something that if i get sorted it will really help me move forward. Looking forward to getting home now and having a few days rest to really freshen up physically and more importantly mentally. 

Next tournament is a gold event to Shanghai leaving on Sunday 21st October. So i will start preparing for that when I feel I have really freshened up and am ready and raring to go again!

Home sweet home… Can’t wait!!

New York (Sept 2012)

Qualifying 1st Rd... Alison Waters beat Birgit Coufal 11/6 11/4 11/0 (3-0)

Qualifying Finals ... Alison Waters beat Amanda Sohby 11/9 12/10 7/11 11/6 (3-1)

First Round ... Alison Waters beat Madeline Perry 11/7 8/11 11/7 11/2 (3-1)

Quarter finals. ... Alison Waters beat Nicol David 11/9 5/11 11/3 11/7 (3-1)

Semi finals. ... Alison Waters lost to Laura Massaro 7/11 7/11 4/11 (0-3)

I’m having a great time in New York! We are staying with a really nice family and are being well looked after and it feels like home which is nice!

So I came through two rounds of qualifying and had a good match with Amanda Sobhy in the last round winning 3-1! Got drawn out of the hat to play Madeline Perry in the first round and again won 3-1 in a close match!
In the quarters I played Nicol David and got my first ever win against her winning 3-1.

I felt good before I went on and I went on really believing I could win. I had a close match with Nicol in Australia about 6 weeks ago and knew that I wasn’t that far away.

I knew that if I could keep patient and really play the rallies well making sure I was hitting my targets then I could win!
So I was really pleased to win and something that I have been working towards!

In the Semis I then lost to Laura Massaro. She played really well and didn’t really give me a chance to get into the match. I felt a bit flat and actually really struggled to get myself going, and Laura didn’t allow me to!

So overall a great tournament and it’s taken me up to 8 in the world.

Have had a few days rest and been enjoying New York, shopping, eating and relaxing. Off to see a show tonight which am really excited about! We leave for Philadelphia Thursday and start qualifying Saturday! 

Philly here we come!!! 

‘Alison takes Matamata Title’

‘The Final’

Alison Waters beats Joelle King
11/5, 8/11, 15/13, 7/11, 13/11
3-2 (83 mins)

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Matamata Open – Semi Finals – Alison beats Low Wee Wern (5)

Semi Finals
Alison Waters beats Low Wee Wern
9/11, 11/7, 11/13, 11/7, 11/5
3-2 (78 minutes)


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Matamata Open – 1/4 Finals – Alison beat Rachael Grinham (3)

1/4 Finals
Alison Waters beat Rachael Grinham

11/8, 11/8, 7/11, 4/11, 11/5  (3-2)

Matamata Open – Round 1 – Alison beats Dipika Pallikal (6)

Round 1
Alison beats Dipika Pallikal
11/6, 11/6, 11/8   (3-0)

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Australian Open (11th-19th August)

Had a good weeks training in Melbourne at Sarah Fitzgerald place and there were quite a few of the other players there so it was a good base and warm up before Canberra and the Australian Open.

First round I beat Delia Arnold 3-0 and that was a good solid start to the tournament! In the last 16 I played Annie Au who I had lost to in the British open so I wanted to get my revenge! Which I did! I won 3-0 and I was really pleased with that result!

Last night I lost a tight match yesterday in the quarter finals vs Nicol David. Played well and had my chances, if I had won the 4th game than anything could have happened! Overall pleased but at the same time annoying as well as I was definitely in there!

Good to build on for next time though and have taken things away with me to work on!

No time to dwell on that as I go to New Zealand Monday for the next event starting next Thursday in Mata Mata! Really looking forward to it as it will be my first time there!!

Ali xx