Double Commonwealth Games medallist Alison Waters insisted she could hold her head up high despite falling just short of reaching the first ever squash World Championship final of her career.

Waters, who won doubles bronze and mixed doubles silver at Glasgow 2014, was in impressive form in Cairo.

The 30-year-old came out on top in the battle of the English players in the quarter-final, bringing an end to the title defence of number two seed and fellow Team England player Laura Massaro.

The fifth seed was then up against home favourite Raneem El Weleily on Friday and while losing the first two sets, put herself back in contention with victory in the third.

However the Egyptian regained the momentum in the fourth to take the match 11-6, 11-9, 9-11, 11-5 and book her spot against world number one Nicol David.

Despite the loss, it was still Waters' best run in the $150,000 event for four years, while she was also the last English representative left in the draw.

She tweeted afterwards: “Tough to lose tonight 3/1 vs a strong Raneem. World team champ and semis in the worlds, gotta be happy with the last 2 weeks.”

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