Defending champion Waters knocked out by new squash queen Perry

PUBLISHED: 17:39 17 February 2015 | UPDATED: 17:39 17 February 2015

Reigning champion Alison Waters (in pink) suffered a shock defeat at the hands of world number 16 Sarah-Jane Perry (in purple).  Picture by Squashpics.com

Reigning champion Alison Waters (in pink) suffered a shock defeat at the hands of world number 16 Sarah-Jane Perry (in purple). Picture by Squashpics.com

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Defending champion Alison Waters suffered a shock defeat at the hands of eventual tournament winner Sarah-Jane Perry in the last four at the 2015 National Squash Championships in Manchester on Saturday.

Welwyn Garden City’s Waters, who took the title in both 2013 and 2014, looked odds on to reach her fourth successive final at the event, but Warwickshire’s Perry had other ideas.

Perry took a 2-1 lead against in-form Waters in an enthralling battle between the pair.

This was just a minor blip for world number five Waters who then battled back to 2-2 and even had match ball at 10-9 in the fifth.

In a quick twist of fate, it was Perry who clinched the match on a stroke decision to claim her spot in her first ever National Championship final 8-11, 11-7, 13-11, 6-11, 12-10.

Waters wrote on social media site Twitter: “Gutted to have lost in the semis last night. No time to dwell with Chicago to look forward to in a weeks time! Onwards!”

Riding a crest of a wave after beating four-time national champion Waters, Perry then got the better of top seed Laura Massaro in Sunday’s final to be crowned a surprise, although deserved, champion.

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