Welwyn Garden City squash ace Alison Waters produces fine victory to reach Carol Weymuller Open final
PUBLISHED: 14:49 24 October 2016 | UPDATED: 14:49 24 October 2016
Welwyn Garden City's Alison Waters pulled off one of her biggest wins in recent times as she beat US Open champion Camille Serme in a thrilling five-game battle to secure a place in the final of the 2016 Carol Weymuller Open.
2014 Weymuller champion Waters, who defeated Frenchwoman Serme 11-9, 10-12, 11-8, 7-11, 11-8 in the last four on Sunday night, will face world number one Nour El Sherbini in Brooklyn, New York, tonight (Monday).
Waters came through a tough five-game battle with New Zealand’s Joelle King to reach the last four but showed no signs of fatigue as she came out full of attacking intent against Serme, the 2013 runner-up.
The match started at a blistering pace, with both players attacking and utilising all four corners on the court to stretch their opponent as they matched each point for point all the way to 10-9, when it was Waters who struck the first blow.
The Englishwoman then looked to be in cruise control as she edged 8-3 ahead in the second only to see Serme claw her way back into contention and level the match via a tense 12-10 tie-break.
From then on they traded points back and forth, sharing the third and fourth games, to set up a nail-biting decider.
Waters stepped up to dominate the T, taking six consecutive points from 4-4 to hold match balls at 10-4 and eventually complete the win at the fifth opportunity.
“I’m obviously delighted to have won and to have backed up yesterday’s match,” said Waters.
“I’m happy to see the work I have done over the summer come into play. I felt like I was thinking more about me and controlling the pace and not just letting her get into her rhythm which she is so strong at.
“I’m looking forward to being in the final and I’m really enjoying being here in Brooklyn.”