Euro success gives Waters British Open boost

Euro success gives Waters British Open boost

SH16555World no.3 Alison Waters received a double lift from England’s European Women’s Team Championship success for next week’s Allam British Open in Hull.

Not only did the 31-year-old enjoy getting her hands on the trophy again, but the event in Denmark also provided her with some welcome match practice after a relatively quiet time on the WSA Tour.

SH16557“It was a really fun week and we have such a good team spirit that I think being in that atmosphere gives you a good boost,” Waters said.

“It was really nice to get back to competing again after a break in the schedule from tournaments, so I’m looking forward to next week now.

“It was great to get some good matches at the Euros last week in the build-up to the British. Having had a good training block behind me, my fitness feels good, but nothing compares to playing matches again and I definitely think this will put me in a good position going into the British, having had four good matches.”

In Hull the Carol Weymuller Open champion is looking no further than her first-round match against a qualifier on May 12.

SH16552She explained:

“I always look at it one match at a time. I’m no.5 seed coming into it, but the depth is so good nowadays that you don’t tend to look too far ahead in the draw.

“Obviously I want to get to my seeding position and then I will take it from there.”

SH16551Her dream would be to win the $100,000 tournament, often dubbed the ‘Wimbledon of squash’.

“Winning the British Open is one of my goals,” she said. “It is one of the most important tournaments of the year and one I would love to win.

“I have lots of memories as a kid going to Wembley to watch it and there is so much history involved with the event, which makes it that much special.

“If by the end of the week I have my hands on the trophy, I would be a very, very, very happy girl!”