Squash World Championship title target for Alison Waters
PUBLISHED: 14:54 13 March 2014 | UPDATED: 14:54 13 March 2014
Winning the World Championships would mean everything to Welwyn Garden City squash star Alison Waters.
The world number four, who trains at Potters Bar Squash Club and Hatfield’s Herts Sports Village, is set to take part in the delayed 2013 Women’s World Squash Championships in Penang, Malaysia from Monday (March 17).
The 29-year-old, who was crowned British champion for a fourth time last month, told the Welwyn Hatfield Times: “It’s the most important title of the year and one I really want to win.
“There are so many great names on the trophy that I would love to get my name on it and to be able to say I’m the world champion would be an amazing feeling.”
Explaining why there are to be two world championships this year, Waters said: “There have been some changes within our association, last year was a difficult year and resulted in no world open, mainly due to not finding a sponsor.
“It’s strange that we are playing for the 2013 championships next week and then 2014 at the end of the year.
“I’m not sure it’s ever happened before.
“At the same time whoever wins it won’t be complaining as it still means you hold the title and get your name on the trophy.”
Number one seed Nicol David is from Penang so will be cheered on by a home crowd and will go into the event as favourite with Waters seeded fourth.
Having consistently reached the quarter-finals of the World Championships and been to the semis twice, Waters has yet to reach a final and hopes this could be her year.
“There are no easy matches as the depth in standard is really strong,” she said.
“I just want to go there and play my game, play well and if I can do that then there is no reason why I can’t do well out there.
“I just take one match at a time as you can’t really plan who you might play as anything can happen.
“My first round is against Joshna Chinnapa [the world number 19] from India so I will be just preparing to play her first.”