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Tournament of Champions RD3: Waters Downs Whitlock to Reach Last Eight

England’s former World No.3 Alison Waters secured her place in the J.P. Morgan Tournament of Champions quarter finals after she defeated compatriot Emily Whitlock in straight-games.

Whitlock enjoyed one of the upsets of the tournament so far in the last round after she came from two games down to take out US No.1 Amanda Sobhy on home soil.

However, it proved to be a match too far for the World No.27 as she came up against a focused Waters who dominated from the outset and rarely looked troubled to storm to an 11-7, 11-5, 11-7 victory.

The 2015 runner-up will face Egypt’s World No.3 Nouran Gohar in the next round.

“I thought I played really well, Emily is such a tough competitor,” said Waters afterwards.

“She beat me in the Nationals, so I changed my game plan definitely and I’m proud of myself that I actually managed to keep to a game plan and not just run around and hit like I normally do against her.

“To get her off in three and to be feeling fresh then I’m delighted.

“I was trying to mix the pace as much as I could and aiming for the targets. In previous games when I’ve played her, I’ve hit hard and tried to get her off the court physically, but she’s too clever for that and too good a player.

“The goal is to get back to the top ten, I’ve dropped a few places but I still have the motivation and desire to get back up there. I love playing and love the game and I can’t wait for the next match.”

[13] Alison Waters (ENG) bt Emily Whitlock (ENG) 3-0: 11-7, 11-5, 11-7 (28m)

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