Chorley squash player Laura Massaro 'taken by surprise' in title clash

First published in Sport

Laura Massaro said she was happy with her week’s work despite hopes of a first World Series Squash title blown away by Nicol David.

The world number one was in devastating form to sweep Chorley’s Massaro aside in the opening two games – racing to an 11-3, 11-2 lead within 15 minutes.

Despite a battling fight back from Massaro in the third game, the Malaysian squash superstar showed her class to win 11-9.

“Looking back on the week I have to say I am 80 per cent happy with the way it went and 20 per cent disappointed,” said the world number three who lives in Hoghton. “It is now a case of going away and working on my game but not getting too bogged down on matters.”

Massaro went in to the final in confident mood having beaten David in the earlier group stages.

She booked her place in the final with a hard-fought semi final victory against fellow England international Jenny Duncalf.

It set up an eagerly awaited return clash between Massaro and David at Queen’s Club.

It was also a re-run of last month’s Cayman World Open final which David won to clinch a record seventh title.

But Massaro was simply not allowed to get her game going as David, looking to avenge that group defeat, raced to a two game lead in double quick time However, the British champion finally showed her true form in the third game and led 7-4 and 8-6 as she looked to claw her way back in to the final.

But after saving one championship point with an excellent shot at 10-8 down, David took the next point to seal victory.

“I didn’t think I played particularly badly but Nicol was on top of her game,” added the former Albany High School pupil.

“That is something she always manages to do in these big games.

“She got off to a flying start and took me a little bit by surprise. She got in to areas of the court I wanted to be in and didn’t allow me to implement my game plan.

“After that is was a matter of trying to stick in there but Nicol played very well.”

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