KUALA LUMPUR: Alison Waters has gone from strength to strength since returning from a serious injury slightly more than 13 months ago.
Last year, the Englishwoman won five Women’s Squash Association (WSA) titles and made the quarter-finals of the World Open.
Among those impressive wins was the Irish Open, in which the 29-year-old Waters came through from the qualifiers before beating local hero Madeline Perry in the final.
She also had an impressive run in the Carol Weymuller Open last September, beating Malaysian squash queen Nicol David in the quarter-finals.
Now ranked world No. 5, a massive jump from No. 44 two years ago, Waters has once again established herself as one of the world’s top women players.
She is also currently the top English player, having defeated Laura Massaro in the British National Championships last month.
Yesterday, Waters showed that she could potentially spoil Nicol’s bid for a ninth CIMB KL Open title, after coming back from a set down to stun world No. 4 Nour El Sherbini 9-11, 12-10, 11-6, 10-12, 11-5.
“Sherbini is such an exceptionally talented player and she’s so skilful,” said Waters.
“It was a tough match no doubt but I really enjoyed the game and it’s been a while since I played like that.
“Last year was such a good year for me and I’m just hoping to keep the good run going and stay positive. Hopefully, I’ll get better this year,” added Waters.
She will have a chance to show her class when she takes on New Zealand’s Joelle King in the semi-finals today.
It will be a rematch of last year’s Matamata Open final, in which Waters won in five sets.