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Alison Waters takes on Amanda Sobhy in last month's Tournament of Champions

Waters Overcomes Sobhy in Five Game Cleveland Classic Thriller


World No.13 Alison Waters achieved a dramatic 3-2 victory over United States No.1 Amanda Sobhy in the semi-final of the Cleveland Classic, PSA W50 event – avenging her loss against the 22-year-old in last month’s prestigious J.P. Morgan Tournament of Champions.

It was the American who started the better of the two and she took the opening game after cutting out any loose shots from Waters at the front of the court to seize the initiative. Waters fought back though to level things up and, after points ebbed and flowed between the pair, they found themselves deadlocked at 2-2 heading into the final game.

Waters, an experienced competitor at 31, improved the length of her shots towards the latter stages of the encounter, which prevented Sobhy from hitting any trademark winners. A nail-biting finish to the match saw Waters eventually edge ahead to complete a 5-11, 11-9, 9-11, 11-3, 12-10 triumph.

“I had to get deeper length, that was the key,” said Waters.

“I lost my discipline and Amanda can hit nicks from anywhere.”

Waters will go up against Allam British Open champion Camille Serme in the final after the Frenchwoman dispatched England’s Sarah-Jane Perry in a comprehensive 3-0 victory. With the pair’s head-to-head record tied up at four wins each, their final encounter looks set to be a tight affair as both players look to lift their first piece of PSA World Tour silverware in 2016.

“I tried to focus on every ball in every point,” Serme said.

“Sarah is such a nightmare to play because she is so talented and hits the ball well. It was a good, tough battle.”

Results – Semi-Final: Cleveland Classic 2016
[1] Camille Serme (FRA) bt [5] Sarah-Jane Perry (ENG) 3-0: 11-7, 12-10, 11-5
[2] Alison Waters (ENG) bt [4] Amanda Sobhy (USA) 3-2: 5-11, 11-9, 9-11, 11-3, 12-10

Draw – Final
[1] Camille Serme (FRA) v [2] Alison Waters (ENG)

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