Disappointment for Alison Waters in national championships mars her England selection in Commonwealth Games
PUBLISHED: 15:46 19 February 2018 | UPDATED: 15:55 19 February 2018
Welwyn Garden City’s Alison Waters missed out a fifth national title as she lost in straight sets to Tesni Evans at the British Squash Championship.
Evans’ 11-5 11-9 11-7 win over Waters in Manchester made her the first Welsh players to take the title.
Waters was blown away early on as Evans took a 10-3 lead in the first set before clinching it a few points later and the WGC star found the second set just as tough as she trailed 6-0 and 8-3.
However, she recovered superbly to level at 9-9 and seemed to have the momentum with her.
But an error on the next point and a drop at the end of a long rally gave Evans the next two points and a 2-0 lead.
Waters looked to be starting a comeback when she went 3-1 and 4-2 up in the third but Evans was relentless and was soon 10-6 ahead.
And she only needed the one match ball to claim her first title.
“I tried to say I was going into the match not feeling any pressure, but I did, I was very nervous,” she admitted.
“But I’m proud with how I played the match, and even prouder to become the first ever Welsh winner of the British Nationals.”
The week had started far better for Waters than it finished as she was named as one of the nine athletes to represent England at the Commonwealth Games on Australia’s Gold Coast
She had a successful time four years ago in Glasgow bagging silver in the mixed doubles and bronze in the women’s doubles.
In total England topped the medals table in squash with two gold, five silver and three bronze and they have won at least on gold at every Games where the sport has been on the programme.
And even though there are three who will be making their Commonwealth debut, the team is still chock full of experience with 17 medals and a combined total of 737 caps between them.
Glasgow 2014 double silver medallist Laura Massaro said: “The Commonwealth Games for squash players is our biggest event and it’s always great to meet fellow sportspeople and be part of Team England.”
Team England’s squash team leader, David Campion, said: “We have announced a strong squad that we believe can medal in every event.”