Laura Massaro wins Commonwealth silver

Laura Massaro wins Commonwealth silver

Laura Massaro wins Commonwealth silver

First published in Sport

CHORLEY’S Laura Massaro was forced to settle for a silver medal in the women’s squash final at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow after a dominant display by Malaysian world number one Nicol David.

World champion Massaro, 30, rued a missed opportunity at game point in the opener as David ran out a 12-10 11-2 11-5 winner.

Massaro had made a strong start, building an 8-4 lead before David hit back, and the favourite surged through the second set with the minimum of difficulty.

In the third set for Massaro needed treatment after being hit by a David back-swing when she trailed 4-3.

David, who has won seven of the last nine world titles, took a stroke to go 5-3 up and it was a lead she never looked like relinquishing as she completed a successful defence of her title.

Massaro said: “The first game was the most crucial and I was disappointed not to convert that game ball that I had.

“Things like that can turn matches.

“After that she settled down very well and it was going to be difficult then.

“Physically and mentally she’s tough to break down. You’ve got no chance if you’re not playing the best you could and I wouldn’t say I was at my best.

“I’m disappointed. It was 3-0 and it wasn’t really close after the first game.

“Ultimately my goal was to try and get a medal and I never put a colour on it.”

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