National Squash Championships preview with four-time champion Alison Waters

PUBLISHED: 14:30 10 February 2016

WGC based squash player Alison Waters

WGC based squash player Alison Waters

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Alison Waters heads to Manchester looking to return as national squash champion for a fifth time.

The Welwyn Garden City squash star faces Welsh woman Deon Saffery on Thursday in the first round of the tournament she won in 2008, 2010, 2013 and 2014.

Speaking to the Welwyn Hatfield Times ahead of the event, the 31-year-old world number 13 revealed taking one step at a time is the way to success. “It’s a tough tournament to win as the depth is really strong, the key is to take one match at a time,” she said.

“If you reach the final that will be your fourth match so the key is to recover well after each match and be in the best possible shape you can.”

Waters goes into the nationals in good form having reached the final of the $50,000 Women’s Cleveland Classic 2016 in Ohio at the start of the month.

There she lost out on lifting the trophy by losing 3-1 to world number five Camille Serme.

“It was a good tournament for me especially winning my semi-final match 3-2 beating Amanda Sohby who I had lost to a few weeks ago [in the Tournament of Champions in New York].

“I feel my form is good and it was ideal preparation for the nationals this week having four good matches.”

Waters will have to overcome Saffery, a player she has played before, to get her campaign off on the right foot.

“I haven’t played Deon for a while but I know she has nice skilfull shots,” she said.

“I will be aiming to stop her being able to play her shots.

“I’m looking forward to getting started and on the glass court which should be good.

“There is normally a good atmosphere in Manchester and it’s nice playing in front of a home crowd with friends and family there.

“It’s always sold out for the semis and finals so it always makes for a good week. I can’t wait.”

The second round takes place on Friday, with the semis Saturday and the final taking place on Sunday afternoon at 3pm.

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