Trouble for Beddoes ?
Emma backs doubles partner Waters to win, unless ...
Beddoes is likely to have to temporarily lay her friendship
with Alison Waters to one side at the National
Championships in Manchester next week.
The Leeds-based 5/8 seed will meet her doubles partner in the
quarter-finals at the National Squash Centre if she beats a
qualifier in the first round.
“I’ve been really enjoying the team element of doubles and we
work well as a partnership, but I guess we’ll be putting the
banter to one side next week!” said Beddoes.
Having narrowly lost to Malaysian Low Wee Wern in the Greenwich
Open and Ireland’s Madeline Perry in the Premier Squash
League this year, the 28-year-old believes she is in the type of
form to stretch the likes of second seed Waters.
“I’m certainly playing well enough to be pushing the top
girls, but I’m really looking at turning these close matches
into wins,” she said.
are a few key areas I’m working on and I’m confident once these
improvements transfer over into my match play, the results will
Beddoes would dearly like to win her first national title, but
"I’m under no illusions as to how tough that will be. Even
though there are no world-ranking points available, the
Nationals are a big event and a prestigious title. The top four
seeds are all world top 10 and it’s a tough battle for places on
the England team.
“As long as I compete well and give it my best, we will see how
far that takes me.”
She admits picking a winner this year is “really tough to call”,
explaining: "It’s a great sign of the times with how competitive
women’s squash – and England squash in particular – is at the
“Unless I take her down (in the interests of team harmony!)
and on current form, I’m going to go with Al!”