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Alison wins ‘Atwater Cup 2012’ (Montreal)

23rd March, Final:
Alison Waters (Eng)
bt [1] Kasey Brown (Aus)

7/11, 11/5, 9/11, 11/6, 11/3 (85m)

22nd March, Semi-Finals:
Alison Waters bt [2] Joey Chan   11/3, 11/3, 11/7 (32m)

Tournament Director Glen Wilson reports:

After a year out of action with injury, but having given note that she was back to somewhere near her best form as she finished runner-up in last month’s British National Championships, England’s Alison Waters returned to the WSA fray and, unseeded after seeing her ranking slip from top five to 35, captured her fifth career WSA title (out of 95 tournaments).

This was the match everyone had been waiting for. Kasey Brown the world number 7 against Alison Waters the former world number 3 and we weren’t disappointed.

Brown started the better, settling into her game nicely. Waters was a little loose which enabled Brown to take advantage of the middle and place Waters under some pressure. Some long exchanges where both players were being very patient, but Brown had the upper hand early on taking the first.

In the second Waters came out firing, hitting the ball a lot harder and mixing it up more, moving Brown around the court. Brown’s defence was solid but Waters had found a few chinks in the Australian’s armour and was able to hit some nice winners from her sustained pressure. Waters levels it at one all.

The third was a real fight, both players didn’t want to give anything away. Point for point and then at 9 all the best rally of the tournament. Over 150 shots of both players moving the ball around, working each other like crazy to try and reach that game ball.

Brown picked up some spectacular balls to the astonishment of the crowd. Waters must have thought she had won the point 2 or 3 times. Finally it ended with Waters hitting a tin as both players bent over and walked a few lengths of the court to gain their breath. The next rally was another long exchange and an unforced error by Waters had Brown up 2/1. The crowd were very much involved, eager for the girls to get back on court in this highly entertaining match.

The fourth was pretty close at the start, but Waters’ working boast and ability to hold the ball had Brown covering a lot of ground. From 5/4 Waters pulled clear and closed it out setting up a grandstand finish for the sold out crowd.

Waters came out strong in the 5th winning the first 6 points before Brown got on the scoreboard. Brown seemed a little flat and she didn’t look like she had the spring in her step from the previous games.

Brown had definitely slowed down as Waters was relentless with her pressure. The 5th was easy by the scoreline but the match overall was a game of skill, strategy and attrition and Waters thoroughly deserved her victory.

Brown can take a lot away from this match as she flies out to compete in Malaysia, and on this form Waters will be hard to beat in Toronto next week.

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