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Walker Waltzes To Berkshire Open Title
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Walker Waltzes To Berkshire Open Title

16 April 2012

RESULTS: PSA International 35 Berkshire Open, Williamstown, Mass, USA

Final:
[1] Alister Walker (BOT) bt [2] Tom Richards (ENG) 11-7, 11-8, 11-8 (44m)

It was a second successive Berkshire Open runner-up finish for Tom Richards as top seed Alister Walker romped to a straight games victory over the Englishman in the final of the PSA World Tour International 35 squash event in its eighth year at Williams College in Williamstown, Massachusetts, USA.

Walker, the world No18 from Botswana who survived a five-game semi-final battle against third seed Borja Golan which lasted well over two hours, was in surprisingly fresh form as he despatched his former compatriot 11-7, 11-8, 11-8 in 44 minutes.

The triumph marks the sixth title of Walker's career - but the third since the 29-year-old former Englishman switched his allegiance to Botswana, his country of birth, last June.

"After last night's brutal match with Borja, my body was really struggling and I didn't expect much in the final - which probably worked in my favour because I was very relaxed against Tom in the final," said Walker post-match. "Tom has been playing well and I am happy to see he has been picked for England and I am sure my old team mates will defend their (European) title. I wish them the best of luck.

"For me it is a real privilege to get Botswana its third PSA title - and I am hoping the results will help in our association's attempts to re-energise the sport at home. In turn hopefully we can send a national team to the World Team Championships in France next year."

It was a disappointing outcome for the second year for second seed Richards, who currently boasts a higher world ranking than Walker. Unseeded in his first appearance at the Williams college event in 2011, the 25-year-old from Surrey reached the final where he was beaten by top seed Wael El Hindi.

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