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National Squash Championships: Semi Finals (11th February)

 Alison Waters beat Lauren Briggs (3-0)
11/4, 11/3, 11/6 (26 mins) 


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‘No stopping Waters’

It’s true that she was seeded lower than her opponent, but Alison Waters, the two-time champion, came into the her match against seventh seed Lauren Briggs as strong favourite. She may have been out injured for a year, but she’s been up to world number three, and so far this week she’s looked like it too.

So it was no surprise that she dominated the match from start to end. There were plenty of competitive rallies, Lauren certainly didn’t freeze in the headlights, but she was the one under pressure, and she was the one more likely to make the error at the end of one of the plentiful lengthy rallies.

She gave a good account of herself, as the saying goes, without ever looking likely to win.

Early leads in each of the three games meant that Waters could relax and play those winning volleys she loves, and only when already 9/4 up in the third did she show real fallibility with a couple of unnecessary errors. They didn’t matter, she took the two points she needed, volleying short then deep and she was into her sixth Nationals final.


Alison said:

“I love playing here and I really enjoyed the match, but I knew I’d have to work hard for it.

“After so long out you know what you want to achieve and it can help you come back stronger, I’m  looking forward to tomorrow now.”


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