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Wednesday September 11, 2013 MYT 7:46:00 PM
Wednesday September 11, 2013 MYT 7:47:51 PM
by kng zheng guan AND r. patrick
Siyoli Waters hopes that more professional squash players will emerge from South Africa.
KUALA LUMPUR: Late bloomer Siyoli Waters has two wishes – to enjoy the professional tour and see squash develop more in South Africa.
The 30-year-old Waters only started her professional squash career four years ago – after completing her studies with a degree in chemistry.
The Cape Town native, however, has enjoyed a stellar rise – winning the South African Nationals and the All African Championships this year.
The athletic Waters has also won three Women’s Squash Association (WSA) titles this year – the NSA, UCT Opens in South Africa and the New South Wales Open in Australia last week.
Waters hopes that her involvement in professional squash will open the door to more players in her home country.
“I only started playing at 26, so it’s just been four years ... but it has been an amazing journey,” said Waters.
“I played a Malaysian girl (S. Sivasangari) in the qualifying rounds on Tuesday and she is only 14 but she’s so good.
“Back home, we have a lot of juniors too but they lack the kind of exposure juniors in Malaysia get.
“Money has been the biggest issue ... there’s a lack of funds to send players overseas for tournaments.
“But things are looking brighter lately. We’ve had four Professional Squash Association (PSA) and three WSA tournaments this year and it was an excellent experience for the juniors.
“Hopefully, there’ll be more in the future because I’d really love to see our juniors improve too.
“For me, I just want to enjoy my time on the WSA Tour.”
Waters’ campaign in the CIMB Malaysian Open, however, came to an end after falling to a 4-11, 5-11, 8-11 first round defeat to world No. 5 Joelle King of New Zealand.
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