Atwater Cup 2012
18-23 Mar, Montreal, Canada, $25k
Alison Waters (Eng) bt  Kasey Brown (Aus)
7/11, 11/5, 9/11, 11/6,
After a year out
of action with injury, but having given note that she was back to
somewhere near her best form as she finished runner-up in last
month's British National Championships, England's Alison Waters
returned to the WSA fray and, unseeded after seeing her ranking slip
from top five to 35, captured her fifth career WSA title (out of 95
Waters edges Brown in the best match of the
Glen Wilson reports
This was the match everyone had been waiting for. Kasey Brown the
world number 7 against Alison Waters the former world number 3 and
we weren't disappointed.
started the better, settling into her game nicely. Waters was a
little loose which enabled Brown to take advantage of the middle and
place Waters under some pressure. Some long exchanges where both
players were being very patient, but Brown had the upper hand early
on taking the first.
In the second Waters came out firing, hitting the ball a lot harder
and mixing it up more, moving Brown around the court. Brown's
defence was solid but Waters had found a few chinks in the
Australian's armour and was able to hit some nice winners from her
sustained pressure. Waters levels it at one all.
The third was a real fight, both players didn't want to give
anything away. Point for point and then at 9 all the best rally of
the tournament. Over 150 shots of both players moving the ball
around, working each other like crazy to try and reach that game
Brown picked up some spectacular balls to the astonishment of the
crowd. Waters must have thought she had won the point 2 or 3 times.
Finally it ended with Waters hitting a tin as both players bent over
and walked a few lengths of the court to gain their breath. The next
rally was another long exchange and an unforced error by Waters had
Brown up 2/1. The crowd were very much involved, eager for the girls
to get back on court in this highly entertaining match.
The fourth was pretty close at the start, but Waters' working boast
and ability to hold the ball had Brown covering a lot of ground.
From 5/4 Waters pulled clear and closed it out setting up a
grandstand finish for the sold out crowd.
came out strong in the 5th winning the first 6 points before Brown
got on the scoreboard. Brown seemed a little flat and she didn't
look like she had the spring in her step from the previous games.
Brown had definitely slowed down as Waters was relentless with her
pressure. The 5th was easy by the scoreline but the match overall
was a game of skill, strategy and attrition and Waters thoroughly
deserved her victory.
Brown can take a lot away from this match as she flies out to
compete in Malaysia, and on this form Waters will be hard to beat in
Toronto next week.
18-23 Mar, Montreal, Canada, $25k
 Kasey Brown (Aus)
11/7, 11/4, 11/3
Lucie Fialova (Cze)
 Kasey Brown
11/8, 11/7, 11/8
 Line Hansen
 Kasey Brown
11/6, 11/8, 11/4 (65m)
 Sarah Kippax
 Kasey Brown
7/11, 11/5, 9/11, 11/6, 11/3 (85m)
 Line Hansen (Den)
8/11, 11/8, 11/5, 6/11, 11/7
Siyoli Waters (Rsa)
 Sarah Kippax (Eng)
11/7, 11/7, 11/4
[Q] Maria Toor Pakay (Pak)
 Sarah Kippax
11/5, 8/11, 8/11, 11/9, 11/6
 Latasha Khan
 Latasha Khan (Usa)
9/11, 11/8, 11/7, 15/13
[Q] Sam Cornett (Can)
Alexandra Norman (Can)
11/4, 11/3, 11/5
 Aisling Blake (Irl)
 Aisling Blake
11/2, 11/4, 11/5
11/3, 11/3, 11/7 (32m)
 Joey Chan
Alison Waters (Eng)
10/12, 11/5, 11/9, 11/7
 Emma Beddoes (Eng)
[Q] Sina Wall (Ger)
6/11, 11/13, 11/7, 2/3 rtd
 Gaby Huber (Sui)
 Gaby Huber
11/4, 5/11, 12/10, 11/7
 Joey Chan
[Q Miranda Ranieri (Can)
11/6, 12/10, 11/8
 Joey Chan (Hkg)
Maria Toor Pakay (Pak)
bt Amanda Landers-Murphy
(Nzl) 11/9, 11/7, 8/11, 11/6
Sam Cornett (Can) bt Leonie Holt (Eng)
11/4, 11/6, 11/8
Miranda Ranieri (Can) bt
Sarah-Jane Perry (Eng)
11/7, 11/8, 11/8
Sina Wall (Ger) bt Tesni Evans (Wal)
7/11, 16/14, 11/2, 11/8
Qualifying Round One
Maria Toor Pakay bt
11/3, 5/11, 11/4, 11/3
Leonie Holt bt Genevieve Lessard
9/11, 11/3, 12/10, 11/8
Sarah Jane Perry bt Hollie Naughton
11/4, 11/3, 11/5
Tesni Evans bt Lindsay Bovaird
11/3, 11/4, 11/1
 Kasey Brown
 Sarah Kippax 11/6, 11/8, 11/4 (65m)
bt  Joey Chan 11/3,
11/3, 11/7 (32m)
Waters joins top three in semis
Glen Wilson reports
The top three seeds will be joined by the returning to action
Alison Waters in the semi-finals of the Atwater Cup in Montreal,
after enjoying contrasting quarter-final victories at Club Atwater
Alison Waters bt Aisling Blake 11/2, 11/4, 11/5
This was a very dominating
performance by the former world number three. Waters started strong
and never looked back. The pace was high and accurate and Blake had
no answer to the relentless pressure she was being placed under.
A very convincing 3/0 win that had the crowd in awe of what was a
very strong statement moving through to the semi finals.
Kasey Brown bt
Line Hansen 11/8, 11/7, 11/8
ansen started the better leading
7/2 early settling into a nice rhythm. Something triggered in Brown
as she stepped up the court, cut down the T and started hitting the
ball more firmly into the back corners. This gave Hansen less time
to get set as she found herself under a mountain of pressure.
Brown won the next 8 points to go game ball for Hansen to peg one
before before closing it out.
In the next two games Hansen played well but Browns consistency and
ability to get herself out of trouble was enough to see Hansen off
in what was a spirited challenge.
Brown moves through unscathed and an interesting match up against
Joey Chan bt
Gaby Huber 11/4, 5/11, 12/10, 11/7
The number 2 seed Chan came out guns
a blazing blasting though the first 11/4 in 8 minutes.
The second was interesting as Chan started to play a little more
conservative, a few errors crept in and Huber went onto the attack
and played some great squash to level it at 1 game a piece.
A new found confidence had Huber dominating the exchanges looking
very comfortable as she moved the ball around nicely. Huber served
at 10/8 only to hit 3 errors to give Chan a game ball and that's all
she needed to close it out. Chan found her game again in the fourth
and led 10/5 eventually finishing it 11/7.
Waters is next in what will be a highly anticipated match.
Sarah Kippax bt
Latasha Khan 11/5, 8/11, 8/11, 11/9, 11/6
Kippax started the better with Khan
hitting it too short allowing Kippax to dominate early, 1/0 to
In the second Khan came out and hit the ball more tightly trying to
extend the rallies banking on her technique to get her in the match.
Kippax was always the first to try something even from pressure
situations which backfired a little allowing Khan to cut the ball
off and hit some nice shots. Khan levelled at one game all.
The third was a replicate of the second with Kippax not quite sure
how to break down Khans solid game. It was now or never for Kippax,
she had to find a way to break Khans momentum. That she did as she
started mixing it up, cross lobs, trickle boasts, low hard drives,
trying anything to get Khan moving quickly away from the middle.
The fourth was close 7 all, 8 all, 9 all then Kippax hit a couple of
great shots to push the match to a 5th.
In the decider Kippax came out strong breaking out to a commanding
6/1 lead that she never surrendered, winning it 11/6 to her relief
and a well deserved semi final placing.
Semis from 6.30,
with a PSA quick fire
exhibition at 7.15,
Raphael Kandra vs Jan Koukal
Round one at Club Atwater
Glen Wilson reports
The main draw got under way with victory for seven of the eight
seeded players, the exception being not entirely unexpected as
former world number three Alison Waters started her WSA comeback
trail after a year out with injury ...
Kasey Brown v Lucie Fialova
Fialova caught Brown by surprise early on going out to a 5/2 lead
but Brown stepped it up and reeled her opponent in by playing some
basic tight squash.
The openings soon came and the world number 7 finished the points
off with some nice winners. 11/7 to Brown in the first and although
Fialova kept fighting Brown's dominance was superior in all aspects,
winning the last two games 11/4, 11/3.
Line Hansen v Siyoli Waters
Having lost to Hansen 3/0 in her last two outings Waters was
determined to do better this time around and she did that by taking
the first game and a real confidence boost going into the second.
Hansen though had other ideas and was not about to let her lower
seeded opponent go two games to love up. Hansen was playing the ball
crisply moving her opponent around the court trying to take control
of the T. She gained an advantage and opened up a 3 point lead from
5 all that she hung on too to level the match at1 game a piece.
Hansen took the ascendancy into the third running away with it 11/5
looking good for a comfortable 3/1 win.
Waters though had other ideas and the feisty South African was not
about to roll over as she played some superb squash in the fourth to
level it at two all.
The fifth was neck and neck both players scrambling around the court
picking everything up to the delight of the packed crowd. Hansen
broke away to lead 7/3 but Waters was fighting and found another
gear to get close at 7/9. Hansen played two great rallies at the end
to win the points and force an error to close it out 11/7 to her
Waters can hold her head high having played a fantastic match and
can be extremely pleased with her performance. It doesnít get easier
for Hansen, top seed Kasey Brown awaits.
Latasha Khan v Samantha Cornett
This was always going to be a tough match. Khan the seasoned
professional against Cornett who showed some great form in the
earlier round. Both players technically are very good so the points
were long, tight to the wall and very precise when going short.
Cornett came out the more aggressive and it paid some dividends as
she opened up a nice lead to go up 9/6. Khan came back to level at 9
all but Cornett held firm and won a tight first.
The second was even all the way, no more than 2 points separating
each other. This time at 9/8 up it was Khans turn to play the big
points well moving Cornett around the court then finishing them off
with some nice kills. In the third both players came out trying gain
the upper hand.
There was nothing between the two, Khan playing basic tight squash
and being the more patient with Cornett hitting it hard, trying to
force the pace looking to attack. Just like the first two sets
neither player could make a break. It wasn't until 8/7 when Khan
forced a couple of errors from Cornett trying to cut in the backhand
drop that clipped the tin. She went through on her first game ball
with a nice kill to up 2/1.
The fourth went point for point, Cornett was trying to find a way
through Khans technique, hitting it hard, taking it in short, doing
anything should could to break up her rythum. Khans defence was
strong as she absorbed everything the young Canadian threw at her.
Khan got to match point 10/8 but Cornett hit a couple of amazing
boasts to level at 10all.
The crowd were wanting to see a 5th set 10all, 11all, 12all, 13all,
then the next 2 rallies went Khans way, a winner then an error from
Cornett had the American number 2 winning a very tough battle of the
border match in a wonderful and highly spirited contest appreciated
by the 80 strong crowd.
Sarah Kippax v Maria Toor Pakay
You could see after three days in Montreal that Kippax was keen to
get into it. Hitting the ball hard, moving very well around the
front not giving her opponent any time to settle. Pakay likes to go
short and Kippax was onto the ball very early punishing her opponent
with quick drops and hard drives.
This was the pattern for the whole match as Pakay tried hard but
Kippax was too strong winning 3/0.
Aisling Blake v Alexandra Norman
This match started pretty even but as the rallies lengthen Blakes
class shone through as she was able to pick off Normans shots and
find the space to put the ball away. Norman dug in but Blake was
just too good on the night and she should be pleased with her
performance as she moves into the second round.
Alison Waters v Emma Beddoes
On paper this was the match everyone wanted to see. Waters the
former world number three back from injury looking good in practice
all week up against a tough player in Emma Beddoes.
Right from the outset you could see this was going to be a great
match. Beddoes was moving well extending the rallies trying to give
Waters nothing to attack her with. Maybe Waters was a little rusty
from not having played alot over the past few months but she was
trying to force the points which played into Beddoes hands. Beddoes
was ready to pounce on anything short and loose and played some
great points to win the first 12/10.
In the second Waters was starting to find her range as she held the
ball extremely well on her backhand and mixed the ball up sending
Beddoes scattering around the court. Beddoes was now on the
receiving end of a mountain of work and Waters won a comfortable
The third started the same as the second the momentum had definitely
shifted. Waters looked to be cruising at 8/3 but a couple of quick
tins had Beddoes close and a new sense of belief had it locked at
9all. Waters managed to sneak it with a couple of well played points
11/9 and you could see her relief.
The fourth was close, Beddoes was playing great squash making Waters
work hard for her victory. Waters made a break in the middle with
some well constructed rallies and thatís all she needed as she held
on for a tough 3/1 win in what was the highest quality match of the
Gaby Huber v Sina Wall
Wall played great squash right from the outset taking a pretty
convincing first set 11/6. She stayed aggressive in the second
winning alot of points for her attacking ability. Huber had gotten
herself in the match by keeping the ball tight, playing great
defence and executing her openings when she had the opportunity.
Huber had a game ball but Wall came back to clinch a close second
12/10 and go two up.
The third was tight until 5all then a slight lapse from Wall saw
Huber break clear to up 10/6 and take the third. A few rallies into
the fourth Wall was running into the front right corner and somehow
slipped as she lunged. It didn't look great but after a 3min self
inflicted time out she said she was fine to continue. 2 rallies
later she was back on the floor in agony having definitely done
something to her knee.
She couldn't continue and had to default the match. Hopefully its
not too serious the on site doctor was there to assist her and we
hope she has a quick recovery. Huber no doubt would not wont to win
like that but she must now re-focus quickly for her big match
against Joey Chan in the next round.
Joey Chan v Miranda Ranieri
The last match of the night and many people had stayed around to see
the Canadian number 1 against the number two seed and world number
19. Chan likes to attack and thatís what she did right from the
start never allowing Ranieri to settle into her rhythm.
Chan won a comfortable first 11/6. Chan started well again in the
second opening up a early lead 5/1. Ranieri as she does dug deep
getting herself back into the match and then gain the upper hand to
move to game ball 10/9.
She couldn't convert as Chan found the way to win the big points and
win four on the trot to win a tight one 12/10. You could see the
disappoint in Ranieri as she held her head for what could have been.
The third was all Chan, maybe Ranieri was still thinking about the
second but Chan wins the third 11/5 and looks in good form going
into the quarter finals.
Maria Toor Pakay beat Amander Landers Murphy
11/9, 11/7, 8/11, 11/6, plays Kippax
This was a match where Pakay always had the slight advantage by
winning points when things were close to gain the edge. There wasn't
much in it, Murphy hung in and stayed close but Pakay's class proved
too much and looks dangerous going into the main draw.
Samantha Cornett beat Leonie Holt
11/4, 11/6, 11/8, plays Khan
This was a pretty dominate performance by Cornett who seems to have
moved her game forward over the past few months obviously putting in
some hard yards. Holt Battled well but Cornett was too good on the
night and her match against Khan tonight will be well contested.
Miranda Ranieri beat Sarah Jane Perry
11/7, 11/8, 11/8, plays Chan
Having seen Perry play in the previous round most thought this could
have gone either way and it started off looking like that. Perry
must have one of the best holds on the tour sending her opponent the
wrong way on many occasions early.
Ranieri had a game plan though and kept her taller opponent away
from the middle twisting and turning her never allowing Perry to
gain control of the T. Ranieri ran everything down frustrating Perry
into a lot of unforced errors and goes through in a tight three that
could have been more taxing.
Ranieri can be pleased with her
night's work and a much anticipated clash with Joey Chan in the first
Sina Wall beat Tesni Evans
7/11, 16/14, 11/2, 11/8, plays Huber
Possibly the best game of the night both players gave it there all
thrilling the crowd with some great attacking squash and ball
Evans was unlucky not to have won the second and a two games to love
lead may well have been enough but Wall took advantage from the
third and steeped it up applying the pressure. Evans couldn't stay
with her and Wall moves through with a well competed 3/1 win.
Qualifying under way:
All set in Sunny Montreal
Preview from Glen
After a second draw change due to the withdrawal of Korea's Ahn Eun
Chan and Englandís Victoria Lust, hopefully we are all set and the
players can finally concentrate on their first round matches.
The most significant change sees Alison Waters, former world
no 3 and originally top qualifier, move into the main draw to play
4th seed Emma Beddoes in what will be the pick of the first
round matches worthy of a semi-final.
But before we get there tomorrow and Monday's qualifying matches are
sure to be well contested on this St Paddyís day weekend.
Montreal weather wise is normally in the extreme negatives in March,
but the forecast for the week has us at a balmy 18 to 22 degrees
which is a near record high for this time of the year.
We are ready to begin, tickets have been selling great and the
Atwater club members and Montreal squash enthusiasts are eagerly
awaiting the start of this year's Atwater Cup ...