British National Squash Championships: Women's Biographies

Better organised and more consistent, Jenny has consolidated her position behind the legendary Nicol David in the world order having maintained her career-high World No.2 ranking for fifteen consecutive months. Evidence that she has added tighter focus to fine movement and skilful shot-making was further reinforced with her reaching last years Commonwealth Games and World Open finals.
 
Twice she has been crowned National Champion and twice she has been denied a successful defence by her close friend and domestic rival Alison Waters. Jenny will be keen to demonstrate that she has developed a strength of mind which can help her achieve anything, including atonement for her losses in the 2008 semi-finals and 2010 final when the demands of being top-seeded titleholder proved narrowly too much.
 
Alison Waters
England
Born: 19 March 1984
Birthplace: London
Residence: London
Highest World Ranking: 3 (October 2010)
WISPA World Tour Titles: 4
WISPA World Tour Finals: 13
Marital Status: Single
Nationals' Appearances: 7
Best result: Champion (2008, 2010)
 
Alison Waters has a fine record at the British National Championships in Manchester. In 2005 she was the first unseeded player to reach the final and in 2008 and 2010 she won the title.
 
Since achieving a career high world ranking of No.3 in October, her participation in major events has been restricted by a persistent Achilles injury which also denied her from representing England at the Women’s World Team Championships in New Zealand.
 
Her strength is an insatiable appetite for training and practice which has produced a level of fitness unmatched by many of her contemporaries and which has enabled her to edge to the very pinnacle if the women’s game almost unnoticed.
 
Although much will depend on her recovery from injury, Alison can be guaranteed to make a tough-minded defence of her title.
 
Madeline Perry
Ireland
Born: 11 February 1977
Birthplace: Banbridge, Ireland
Residence: Banbridge/Halifax
Highest World Ranking: 5 (September 2010)
WISPA World Tour Titles: 8
WISPA World Tour Finals: 19
Marital Status: Single
Nationals' Appearances: 6
Best Result: Semi-Finalist (2007, 2009, 2010)
 
Madeline Perry will be attempting to become the first Irish winner in the 36-year history of the championship. The World No.6 from Banbridge, near Belfast, recently won her 12th Irish national title and will be hoping to make her mark this year after semi-final finishes for the past two years.
 
Having also reached the semi-finals of the World Open here in 2008 and the final of British Open in 2009, there is not much doubt that the Halifax-based Irish No.1feels at home in Manchester.
 
Madeline is a great fighter who had to recover from a mysterious head injury sustained whilst out walking in Milan, the cause of which remains unknown, after which doctors warned her that she might never again play to the same level. How brilliantly she has disproved that.
 
Laura Massaro
England
Born: 2 November 1983
Birthplace: Great Yarmouth
Residence: Preston, Lancashire
Highest World Ranking: 7 (March 2009)
WISPA World Tour Titles: 7
WISPA World Tour Finals: 14
Marital status: Married
Nationals' Appearances: 8
Best Result: Runner-up (2008)
 
Laura Massaro finished last year strongly by winning the Sharm El Sheikh Open, although she may well have been frustrated with a year in which she was unable to improve upon her highest World ranking of No.7 which she achieved almost two years ago.
 
As a result of the injury enforced absence of her teammate Alison Waters, Laura responded well to the increased pressure and expectation which resulted from her promotion to England’s No.2 in the Women’s World Team Championships and will hopefully have drawn confidence from the experience.
 
Her well-constructed and orderly game is capable of troubling the very best and few should be surprised if she were to emulate or even surpass for achievement of the 2008 Nationals when she reached her maiden final.
 
Tania Bailey (Lincolnshire)
Born: 2 October 1979
Birthplace: Stamford, Lincolnshire
Residence: Stamford, Lincolnshire
Highest World Ranking: 4 (March 2003)
WISPA World Tour Titles: 5
WISPA World Tour Finals: 14
Marital Status: Married
Nationals' Appearances: 11
Best Result: Champion (2006)
 
Only persistent injury problems have prevented the former World Junior Champion from reaching the very top. They started with a car crash when she was 21 and have continued at regular intervals ever since.
 
Although she now languishes outside of the World's top 30, Bailey who captained England at the recent Women’s World Team Championships is still capable of beating any of her British rivals once her health and fitness are at a level that allows her to prepare properly.
 
Tania has an impressive volleying ability and great experience, having won her first professional title back in 1999 and the British National title five years ago.
 
Lauren Briggs
England
Born: 8 August 1979
Birthplace: Stanford Le Hope
Residence: Chingford, London
Highest World Ranking: 18 (December 2008)
WISPA World Tour Titles: 6
WISPA World Tour Finals: 9
Marital status: Single
Nationals' Appearances: 5
Best result: Quarter-Finalist (2008, 2010)
 
Lauren Briggs succeeds on the WISPA World Tour despite combining it with coaching commitments at the RAC Club in London. She also does fitness training twice a day, prompting her to judge that “my biggest achievement is still enjoying it, even after all these years.”
 
Whilst completing further education studies and progressing her plans to develop her own company have resulted in a faltering World Ranking, don't get the impression that Briggs is an enthusiastic part-timer, as her most recent World Tour title was gained in December when she won the Flowerbulb Open in the Dutch city of Hillegom and she will be keen to impress.
 
Dominique Lloyd-Walter
England
Born: 17 June 1981
Birthplace: Harrow
Residence: Guildford, Surrey
Highest World Ranking: 18 (November 2006)
WISPA World Tour Titles: 6
WISPA World Tour Finals: 7
Marital Status: Single
Nationals' Appearances: 9
Best Result: Quarter-Finalist (2005, 2006, 2007, 2008)
 
It says much for the former British and European Junior Champion that she has reached seven finals on the WISPA World Tour and won all but one of them.
 
Dominique recently qualified as a personal trainer through a home learning course which speaks volumes for her forethought, careful planning and steely determination. Her strong-mindedness is also evidenced by coping with her persistent fear of flying, which, she admits, “is not ideal when I am on a plane every couple of weeks”, but which she endures for the sake of competing on the international circuit.
 
A quarter-finalist for four consecutive years from 2005 to 2010, Dominique is more that capable of at least equalling that feat this time around.
 
Sarah Kippax
England
Born: 10 May 1983
Birthplace: Chester
Residence: Halifax, Yorkshire
Highest World Ranking: 21 (April 2010)
WISPA World Tour Finals: 7
WISPA World Tour Finals: 13
Marital Status: Married
Nationals' Appearances: 6
Best Result: Quarter-Finalist (2008, 2009, 2010)
 
An outstanding athlete who came to squash relatively late, Sarah has such all-round talents that she might easily have been lost to sport: she was good enough to represent Cheshire at netball, hockey, football and cross-country, as well as her chosen profession.
 
In 2008, she became the first English woman for almost ten years to win three successive WISPA Tour titles which helped carry her into the world's top 30 for the first time and now sits on the cusp of the top twenty.
 
Asked to comment on suggestions that her stunning appearance made her the Anna Kournikova of squash, she said, “I'll certainly take it as a compliment. I think us squash girls are a pretty good-looking group of athletes.”
 
Emma Beddoes
England
Born: 29 August 1985
Birthplace: Leamington Spa, Warwickshire
Residence: Nottingham
Highest World Ranking: 23 (November 2010)
WISPA World Tour Titles: 5
WISPA World Tour Finals: 10
Marital Status: Single
Nationals' Appearances: 3
Best Result: Quar

Jenny Duncalf
England
Born: 10 November 1982
Birthplace: Haarlem, Netherlands
Residence: Harrogate, Yorkshire
Highest World Ranking: 2 (December 2009)
WISPA World Tour Titles: 9
WISPA World Tour Finals: 18
Marital Status: Single
Nationals' Appearances: 8
Best Result: Champion (2007, 2009)