England’s Alison Waters advanced to round two of the Naza PSA Women’s World Championship in Bukit Jalil, Malaysia after overcoming Egypt’s Heba El Torky in four games.
The match was full of stoppages and the referee was called into action on numerous occasions, which disrupted the rhythm of an encounter that showed promising signs with some good shots from both players at times.
Waters took the opening two games and, despite a third game revival from El Torky, closed out the win with an 13-11, 11-7, 4-11, 11-7 margin of victory to seal a second round berth where the World No.11 will line up against defending champion and record eight-time winner Nicol David.
“It’s nice to get the first round out of the way and get used to the court,” said Waters.
“It was a tough 3-1, there wasn’t much rhythm there and there were lots of stoppages, lets and video reviews. It wasn’t the most enjoyable match, but I’m pleased to get off and I’m looking forward to tomorrow. I hadn’t played a match like that in a while and I think I let the third game get to me mentally.
“She got onto a bit of a roll there and she’s got good attacking shots. She really enjoys it when she gets momentum. I regrouped in the fourth and got quite a good lead and I’m happy to have pushed it through in the end.
“I’m looking forward to facing Nicol, I haven’t played her in a while. It’s always a fair competition against her so I’ll enjoy that one tomorrow.”
Result – First Round: Naza PSA Women’s World Championship
Alison Waters (ENG) bt Heba El Torky (EGY) 3-1: 13-11, 11-7, 4-11, 11-7 (53m)
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