Walker Waltzes To Berkshire Open Title
16 April 2012
RESULTS: PSA International 35 Berkshire Open,
Williamstown, Mass, USA
 Alister Walker (BOT) bt  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,
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.