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Third title means Christmas comes early for Waters
- Updated: December 23, 2012
A member of Team South Africa at the 2009 World Games in Taiwan, Siyoli Waters has won her third WSA World Tour squash title, writes Mark Etheridge.
That after the Cape Town based player beat Salma Nassar┬áin the four-game final of the┬áTour5 Harrow Mediterranean Open in Sliema, Malta.
Twenty-one-year old Egyptian Nassar, who came through the qualifying rounds to make the main draw, had earlier beaten top seed┬áLucie Fialova┬áin the first round of the event.
In reaching the final Nassar had also beaten No7 seed┬áZephanie Curgenven┬áin four games, and third seed┬áOlga Ertlova┬áin a close five games.
Waters took on a string of French players en route to the final, beating Cyrielle Peltier┬áand┬áChloe Mesic in the first two rounds, before a confident straight-games win over┬áLaura Pomportes┬áensured the South African’s sixth WSA final appearance.
In the final, a narrow first game tiebreak went in favour of Nassar, who looked like continuing her surprise run by adding a second career title to her name.
Waters had other ideas however, and fought back after the initial setback and set about dominating the proceedings. ┬áTwo comfortable games saw the world No46 ┬átake the lead and the contest was finished off in four with Waters claiming her first title since September 2011.