Alison Waters Wins National Squash Championships Manchester 2013

National Squash Championships, Manchester, England
[2] Alison Waters bt [1] Laura Massaro 11/7, 7/11, 12/10, 6/11, 13/11 (78m)

Someone was bound to become National Champion for the third time in a row this afternoon, but would it be Laura Massaro claiming three in a row, or Alison Waters making it three wins from seven finals?

It was a repeat of last year’s final, and it was, in the words of the winner, “as close as it gets”.

Ranked three and five in the world you’d expect a high quality match with plenty of hard fought rallies, crisp winners and tremendous retrieving, and that’s what a packed NSC crowd got for well over an hour in a see-saw five-setter.

Waters pulled away from 6-all in the first to take the lead 11-7, Massaro struck back, leading the second all the way to level, 11-7 again.

The third was, in the end crucial. Massaro started out strong again, improved a 4-1 lead to 10-6, but Waters fired back with six points in a row to regain the initiative 12-10.

The fourth started out close, but it was Massaro’s turn to put a string of points together as she moved from 6-5 to take the game 11-6 and set up the decider.

And what a decider it was. It looked all over as Waters swept into a 7-1 lead, but that was the signal for Massaro to start fighting harder, while Waters seemed to go on the defensive, and we were at 7-all with Waters hitting a couple of dreadful tins.

From then on it was nip and tuck, Waters got match ball 10-9 with a lucky reflex volley, Massaro saved that, earned one of her own at 11-10 and thought she’d won it but ‘only’ got a let at the front.

Waters levelled with a flicked crosscourt drop, drove the ball deep to earn a second match ball, then claimed a third title punching the ball away as Massaro, having slipped at just the wrong time, was scrambling on the floor watching her title slip away.

“They don’t come much closer than that, do they,” said a delighted Waters. “At 7-1 up in the fifth it was looking good, then it was 7-all and it could have been anyone’s, no-one really deserves to lose a match like that.

“I was lucky she slipped at the end, but obviously I’m delighted to win a third National title, hopefully it will be the start of more titles this year.

“I’d like to dedicate this win to Harry Faulkner [the 18-year-old national junior who died on court earlier this month]. I was on court with him a few times, and he was a great talent. I thought about him during this week here at the Nationals - if you’re watching this Harry, this one’s for you.”

[1] Laura Massaro bt [3/4] Madeline Perry 11/7, 7/11, 11/4, 8/11, 12/10 (77m)
[2] Alison Waters bt [3/4] Jenny Duncalf 11/5, 11/9, 11/8 (43m)

[1] Laura Massaro (Eng) bt [5/8] Emma Beddoes (Eng) 15/17, 11/4, 11/2, 11/9 (66m)
[3/4] Madeline Perry (Irl) bt Deon Saffrey (Wal) 11/2, 11/4, 11/8 (25m)
[3/4] Jenny Duncalf (Eng) bt [5/8] Sarah Kippax (Eng) 11/5, 11/7, 11/3 (36m)
[2] Alison Waters (Eng) bt [5/8] Sarah-Jane Perry (Eng) 11/9, 11/6, 11/6 (32m)

Round One:
[1] Laura Massaro bt [Q] Leonie Holt 11/4, 11/4, 11/6 (22m)
[5/8] Emma Beddoes bt Lauren Selby 11/6, 11/1, 11/5 (28m)
Deon Saffery bt [5/8] Emily Whitlock 11/8, 6/11, 11/5, 11/6 (43m)
[3/4] Madeline Perry bt Lisa Aitken 11/5, 11/3, 11/1 (24m)
Sarah Kippax bt Tesni Evans 11/7, 3/0 rtd (17m)
[3/4] Jenny Duncalf bt [Q] Dom Lloyd-Walter 11/7, 11/8, 11/6 (28m)
[5/8] Sarah-Jane Perry bt [Q] Carrie Ramsey 5/11, 11/4, 11/5, 11/5 (34m)
[2] Alison Waters bt [Q] Nada Elkalaawy 11/3, 11/5, 11/1 (17m)
Qualifying Round One:
Jessica Davies bt Roxana Keshavarz 11/7, 11/3, 11/3 (16m)
Rachel Chadwick bt Sam Ward 14/12, 11/3, 13/11 (26m)
Julianne Courtice bt Lily Taylor 11/7, 6/11, 11/6, 12/10 (39m)
Jessica Winder bt Eleanor Lake 4/11, 8/11, 11/9, 11/6, 11/7 (36m)
Anna Kimberley bt Olivia Howell 11/6, 10/12, 13/11, 11/9 (40m)
Lucy Beecroft bt Chloe Harrison 11/4, 11/4, 11/9 (19m)
Kirsty West bt Rhianne O'Donnell 8/11, 11/6, 11/2, 11/4 (26m)
Harriet Ingham bt Laura Mylotte 11/7, 11/9, 9/11, 6/11, 11/4 (43m)
Nada Elkalaawy bt Catherine Finlayson 11/5, 11/4, 11/6 (23m)
Lucy Townley bt Katrina Burrows 11/8, 11/7, 6/11, 11/13, 11/8 (44m

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