King and Waters in Matamata Final

A superb performance from New Zealand’s Joelle King in the semifinals of the WSA World Tour’s Matamata Open.

The world number 13 is through the final after a convincing straight games win over fellow Kiwi Jaclyn Hawkes. Fourth seeded King started strongly, taking the first game with ease, and never took her foot off the gas as she racked up an impressive 11-2, 11-8, 11-5 victory in just over half an hour.

“Pleased to get through in three, Jax has been playing so well all week. The job isn’t done yet, looking forward to playing tomorrow in front of a home crowd !!!!!”

Joelle King

Her opponent in the final is the resurgent Alison Waters from England.  Waters is on the comeback from a serious knee injury, but looked none-the-worse-for-wear in a marathon five game victory over fifth seeded Malaysian Low Wee Wern.

The former world number three twice bounced back from a game down to win 9-11, 11-7, 11-13, 11-7, 11-5 in a grueling 78 minutes.

“Pleased to win a tough five setter with Wee Wern today!

“She played really well and I had to dig deep to get it back after being 2-1 down!

“Really pleased to be in the final and looking forward to playing Joelle tomorrow.”

Alison Waters

King will be keen to avenge the one and only time the two finalists have met on tour, with Waters winning in straight games back in January 2010.

[4]  Joelle King (NZL) bt  [8] Jaclyn Hawkes (NZL) 11-2, 11-8, 11-5 (36mins)
Alison Waters (ENG) bt [5] Low Wee Wern (MAS) 9-11, 11-7, 11-13, 11-7, 11-5 (78mins)

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