Title Double for Waters in South Africa

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Winner of the UCT Squash Open, Siyoli Waters with former World No. 1, Natalie Grainger.

Winner of the UCT Squash Open, Siyoli Waters with former World No. 1, Natalie Grainger.

Siyoli Waters has claimed back-to-back titles in her home country of South Africa after adding the WSA Tour 5 Keith Grainger Memorial UCT Squash Open title to her haul of five.

The world No.38 was seeded first for the inaugural WSA event at Cape Town University, where she quickly dispatched compatriots, qualifier Zoe Durbach and No.8 seed Alexandra Fuller in similar three-game scorelines.

She then continued her run of dominance by defeating Egyptian teenager and No.4 seed Nadine Ayman Mohamed Shahin in another straight games win to confirm her third successive WSA final.

There she faced Lauren Siddall, formerly of Yorkshire, England but now representing South Africa, who had surprised onlookers by dispatching all three of her seeded opposition on her way to an unfancied final.

Siddall, who held a Top 40 ranking with the WSA back in 2010, beat seventh seed Julie Lee in the opening round of the event, followed by a three game victory over local second seed Cheyna Tucker. A third straight games win over Julia Lecoq in the semi-final saw the Englishwoman progress to an unlikely final appearance, her first since an Indian Challenger event in January 2010.

Siyoli in Action UCT
It was the top seed who started the contest with the most conviction, storming to an early lead before Siddall could get a grasp on the match. Waters closed out the first game by a comfortable margin, before setting about a similar task in the second. Again her dominance proved unanswerable, though a few extra points gained by the Englishwoman seemed to give her encouragement as the second game also went in favour of Waters.

A much narrower third game ensued, with Siddall finding her range and working out how to win points from the higher ranked player. Waters benefitted from her early momentum and was able to close out the third by the narrowest of margins to win the UCT Squash Open title, without dropping a game.

The South African claimed the NSA Open in Pretoria last month, and so had claimed two back-to-back titles from three successive WSA finals, having finished runner-up in the Central Gauteng Open in early April.

[1] Siyoli Waters (RSA) bt Lauren Siddall (ENG) 11-3, 11-5, 11-9 (30m)

[1] Siyoli Waters (RSA) bt [4] Nadine Ayman Mohamed Shahin (EGY) 11-6, 11-9, 11-4 (23m)
Lauren Siddall (ENG) bt [3] Julia Lecoq (FRA) 11-3, 11-3, 11-4 (22m)

[1] Siyoli Waters (RSA) bt [8] Alexandra Fuller (RSA) 11-7, 11-3, 11-7 (17m)
[4] Nadine Ayman Mohamed Shahin (EGY) bt [6] Ahn Eun Chan (KOR) 8-11, 11-3, 12-10, 11-8 (41m)
[3] Julia Lecoq (FRA) bt [5] Adel Weir (RSA) 11-7, 5-11, 11-2, 6-11, 13-11 (40m)
Lauren Siddall (ENG) bt [2] Cheyna Tucker (RSA) 11-5, 11-9, 11-2 (28m)

1st round:
[1] Siyoli Waters (RSA) bt [Q] Zoe Durbach (RSA) 11-5, 11-4, 11-8 (20m)
[8] Alexandra Fuller (RSA) bt [LL] Catherine Atkinson (RSA) 11-7, 11-7, 14-12 (21m)
[4] Nadine Ayman Mohamed Shahin (EGY) bt Danielle van Niekerk (RSA) 11-5, 11-1, 11-4 (14m)
[6] Ahn Eun Chan (KOR) bt Karen Schultz (RSA) 14-12, 12-10, 11-4 (27m)
[5] Adel Weir (RSA) bt [Q] Ria Kennerley (ENG) 11-7, 12-10, 11-3 (24m)
[3] Julia Lecoq (FRA) bt Karen Blom (RSA) 11-8, 8-6 ret. (15m)
Lauren Siddall (ENG) bt [7] Julie Lee (RSA) 11-6, 11-5, 11-9 (23m)
[2] Cheyna Tucker (RSA) bt [Q] Sharon Bender (RSA) 11-2, 11-6, 11-5 (19m)


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