Wa­ters in gutsy vic­tory

Matamata Chronicle - - News -

Ali­son Wa­ters will fly home to Eng­land happy af­ter she dug deep and came away with a gutsy vic­tory in the Mata­mata Open squash tour­na­ment at the week­end.

Mata­mata squash player Kylie Lind­say also par­tic­i­pated in the open.

Twenty- eight- year- old Wa­ters beat Cam­bridge’s Joelle King in the fi­nal at the United Mata­mata Squash Club on Sun­day, win­ning an epic 83-minute bat­tle 11- 5, 8- 11, 15- 13, 7-11, 13-11.

Wa­ters is ranked 16 in the world but only re­turned to the court in Fe­bru­ary af­ter al­most a year out of the game be­cause of an Achilles ten­don in­jury.

So her rank­ing had dropped from three to 40 and she is try­ing to win tour­na­ments to get it back up to its pre­vi­ous level.

The Mata­mata tour­na­ment was ranked in the Women’s Squash As­so­ci­a­tion’s sil­ver bracket, with a to­tal prize pool of $35,000.

Wa­ters def­i­nitely got her money’s worth af­ter be­ing un­seeded and fight­ing through some tough matches.

In the first round on Thurs­day she de­feated In­dia’s Dipika Pal­likal (world No 15) 11-6, 11-6, 11-8, on Fri­day she sur­vived a come­back against Aus­tralian Rachael Grin­ham ( world No 9), win­ning the quar­ter­fi­nal 11- 8, 11- 8, 8-11, 4-11, 11-5 in an hour, then in Satur­day’s semi­fi­nal she came from 2- 1 down to de­feat Malaysia’s Low Wee Wern ( world No 11) 9- 11, 11- 7, 11- 13, 11-7, 11-5 in 78 min­utes.

King, the world No 13, has now lost to Wa­ters on the two oc­ca­sions they have met but she had not dropped a set on the way to the fi­nal.

She beat Line Hansen of Den­mark (world No 27) in the first round 11-3, 11-8, 11- 8, she then downed Aus­tralian Donna Urquhart ( world No 18) 11- 6, 11- 3, 12-10 in the quar­ter­fi­nals, be­fore ac­count­ing for fel­low Kiwi Ja­clyn Hawkes (world No 19) 11-2, 11-8, 11-5 in their semi­fi­nal.

And the 23-year-old had her chances in a topsy-turvy de­cider.‘‘I thought it’d be a long flight home to Eng­land so I just thought I had to win be­cause then I could just sit there and be happy.’’

Along with third seed Grin­ham, the other two world top 10 play­ers – world No 5 Made­line Perry of Ire­land and world No 6 An­nie Au of Hong Kong – were also bun­dled out in the quar­ter­fi­nals.

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