Chorley’s squash ace Laura Massaro has competed at some impressive venues across the world but they do not come much grander than the setting for the Tournament of Champions.

Under the chandeliers of the Vanderbilt Hall and in front of thousands of passing commuters, Massaro will be in action at the unusual setting of Grand Central Station, New York.

The world number two began her campaign this week at one of the world’s busiest train stations against a qualifier. While the competitions – the first world series event of the season – has been a major part of the men’s calendar, it is the first time it has been a WSA Gold event.

As usual, the British Open champion is looking to take each game at time – while also taking in the plush surroundings.

“As venues go, it is one of the more unusual but it is fantastic opportunity to showcase squash as so many people will get to watch it,” said the former Albany High School pupil. “I have competed in this event before but not for a while as it has never been one of the top events on the women’s circuit. But now it is a Gold event it is great to be back.”

Victory for Massaro would see her set up a second round clash with either Australian Kasey Brown of Australia or sixth seed Joelle King from New Zealand on Wednesday.