Siyoli Waters has been in recovery mode, but the country’s top female squash player will soon be back on the international circuit.
Hi Siyoli, what do the next few weeks look like for you on the squash circuit?
The next few weeks are mainly filled with training and planning for upcoming events and possible coaching clinics for Western Province. I will not be travelling out of Cape Town for competitions while I am training.
Are there any big tournaments coming up for you?
I will not be competing in any PSA events until I feel ready and strong again. Western Province League has kicked off now. Ladies league takes place on Monday nights, with my men’s league matches on Tuesdays. Western Province Championships are the second week of May in Cape Town and the SA National Championships are at the end of June in Johannesburg. These events will contribute as preparation to get back onto the world tour.
How did you feel about missing the British Open?
The British Open is one of the highlights of the squash calendar. I was really looking forward to it and it was tough to miss it due to illness. I played well last year at the event, and would have loved to have competed in it again. But there is always next time!
How is the recovery from illness going?
I am very grateful to be back to full heath now, even though it took more weeks than I had hoped. Sometimes the body tells you when it needs rest. I’m on track with my training, seeing improvements in the right places. I can’t wait until I’m ready to compete again at PSA events.
What else is on the cards for the rest of the year 2016?
There are some grand slam events in the second half of the year that I can set my sights upon: Hong Kong Open and US Open. I also hope to represent my country again at the Women’s World Team Championships in France.