Enfield's Alison Waters says winning silver and bronze in the Commonwealth Games squash double is the pinnacle of her career

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Enfield-born Alison Waters says the silver and bronze medals won in the mixed doubles and women's doubles squash at the Commonwealth Games are the 'pinnacle' of her career.

Having missed out on the medals in the singles competition, Waters took silver in the mixed doubles with partner Peter Barker on Sunday, just 24 hours after winning bronze with Emma Beddoes in the women's doubles competition.

Waters was competing at her third Commonwealth Games and said of her double medal win: "To get the bronze and the silver was great and for squash, the Commonwealths are the pinnacle of our careers, so I'm really delighted."

The 2010 games Delhi ended in disappointment for the 30-year-old, who was forced to withdraw with injury in the semi-finals of the singles.

Whilst the singles did not go to plan for Waters this year either - beaten by Joelle King of New Zealand in the bronze medal play-off last Monday - the competition was a success for Team England.

"I was obviously disappointed to not have got a medal in the singles, coming fourth is obviously not the best position to come but overall I'm pleased because we got the silver and bronze in the doubles, so we're really pleased with how that week went," enthused Waters.

"As a whole, England did really well - especially the squash team - we got our best medal haul. We had a great reception in Glasgow; there were loads of people watching, which was really great for the sport because we got loads of publicity and stuff."

Waters was beaten 3-0 (11-7, 11-7, 11-5) by world number four, King, in the third/fourth-place play-off, having lost out to England team-mate, Laura Massaro, 3-1 (5-11, 14-12, 3-11, 8-11) in the last four and admitted losing to the New Zealander had been frustrating.

"I've beaten her before, so it was disappointing to lose 3-0," admitted Waters. "It was quite a weird feeling going into the bronze match having lost in the semis, it was a different feeling. I didn't play particularly well in the singles all week.

"I think I put too much pressure on myself to win the medal and as a result I didn't feel as relaxed as I should be. So that was disappointing but I picked myself up well and we went straight into the doubles.

She continued: "There wasn't much time to [reflect on the singles]; you just had to move on very quickly.

"It did help [going straight from the singles to doubles]. The first couple of days of the doubles were hard because I was still reflecting on what had happened. But you have to move on quickly because you are playing with different people and you don't want to let them down. We were really pleased with the doubles and we had a good week there."

Waters and partner Beddoes beat Australian pair Kasey Brown and Rachael Grinham 2-0 (11-3, 11-5) on Saturday to seal bronze having lost to England team-mates Jenny Duncalf and Massaro just 24 hours earlier.

Reflecting on her women's doubles defeat, Waters said: "No-one wants to go out at that stage but the good thing was at least we knew we would have an English pair in the final. Unfortunately we lost to them - which was disappointing - but the good thing was we picked ourselves up quickly and played really well in the bronze match, so we were really pleased with that."

And the following day, Waters was able to build on her bronze medal by scooping silver, despite a 2-0 (11-8, 11-10) defeat against Australian pair, David Palmer and Grinham, in the mixed doubles final.

England came out on top in the squash with nine medals - one gold, five silvers and a bronze - and Waters said the squash team had been confident from the outset: "We knew going into it we had a good chance in every event and obviously we didn't get gold but we had men in the final, women in the final and the mixed final, so we had chances and we came away with a good amount of medals, so a little bit of success for England was great."

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