Waters takes Matamata Open title

Gary Denvir reports

Disappointment for New Zealand squash star Joelle King.

The world number 13 has fallen just short of adding another WSA World Tour title to her resume, beaten in a five game thriller by England’s Alison Waters in the final of the Matamata Open.

King twice fought back from a game down to be level at 2-all at one stage, with the fifth game decider promising to be a nail biter.

Cheered on by a partisan Waikato crowd, King pushed Waters all the way, but the former world number three weathered the storm to grind out an 11-5, 8-11, 15-13, 7-11, 13-11 in a grueling 83 minute encounter.

It is the fifth WSA title Waters has claimed since returning to the court earlier this year after recovering from a serious knee injury.

Massive match today. Alison did unbelievably well to back up three days in a row, three matches over an hour!

She did well to stick in in the end when Joelle had matchballs in the fifth and kept her composure well.

Joelle was unlucky today but played well all tournament and can be very proud of her effort … she gave it everything.

Very happy with how the tournament went….was an absolute pleasure having all the girls here and I know everyone at the club thought they were all fantastic.

Kylie Lindsay, Tournament Director

 

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