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National Squash Championships 2015
The National Squash Championships 2015 will be staged in Manchester between 9-15 February.
Men, Women and a full range of Masters Categories to be held.
Further details to follow.
National Squash Championships 2014
Nick Matthew and Alison Waters successfully defended their National Championships in Manchester to give Matthew a record sixth title and Waters a fourth crown.
After Waters, the second seed from Middlesex, had routed Madeline Perry 3/0 in the Irish champion’s first British National final, world no.1 Matthew fought back from losing the first game to James Willstrop to overcome his great Yorkshire rival 3/1.
The top seed’s 78-minute victory over Willstrop in front of a capacity crowd at the National Squash Centre enabled him to equal Cassie Jackman’s all-time record of British titles and become the first man to claim six.
Despite winning the first game 11-5, Willstrop could not contain the triple world champion, who fought back to edge a close second game 12-10 before taking control of the match and snatching the next two 11-4, 11-8.
A beaming Matthew told the crowd: “That’s got to be up there with one of my best ever wins against James. Some of his backhand drives were ridiculously tight. He was in such great form that at the moment it’s relief more than delight, although I’m sure I’ll be happy in five minutes!”
Matthew, who took his young niece onto court to help him collect the trophy, added: “I won’t be playing for much longer. You’re a long time retired, which is why it means a lot to me, having all my family here and my support staff. I know I haven’t got many more times left on this stage, so I really do appreciate everyone’s support.”
In the women’s final world no.4 Waters was in fine form as she swept aside joint third seed Perry in just 32 minutes.
The 29-year-old, competing in a record-equalling eighth National Championship final, was in a confident mood from the start as she took a quick first game 11-3.
Perry struggled to recover as Waters, always looking the more threatening and causing the Irish player persistent problems, won both the second and third games 11-6 to secure victory.
“I’m so pleased," said Waters. "I’ve had plenty of tough battles against Madders in the past, so I was ready from the start.
“I just played my game and was confident going into it. I’m so excited to have won a fourth title.
“Big respect to Madeline, though. I know how long she’s wanted to get a National final. She’s 37 years old and if I’m still playing as well as she is at 37, I’ll be delighted!”
For more coverage from the event, please visit the tournament website – Nationalsquashchamps.net