LAURA Massaro produced a virtuoso performance to beat Nouran Gohar in the final of the China Open and avenge her defeat in last month’s Hong Kong Open.

The world number two from Chorley fell to the 18-year-old Egyptian in a bruising quarter-final in Hong Kong but made amends on the edge of Shanghai’s breath-taking Bund.

Massaro was in superb form throughout as she halted Gohar’s eight-match winning streak – playing disciplined squash to take the honours and claim her first PSA World Tour title since winning the 2015/16 season-ending Dubai PSA World Series Finals in May.

It has been a slow start to the season for Massaro and even in the early rounds of the China Open – where she was competing for the first time – she struggled to reach top form.

But she showed she was close to her best in the semi final win over Joelle King then underlined that fact in the final when the 31-year-old wrapped up a 11-9, 11-5, 11-3 victory in just 36 minutes.

Hoghton-based Massaro reached the final following an epic 50-minute battle with New Zealander King in one of the matches of the tournament.

Massaro once again demonstrated all of her fighting spirit to win 3-1 in a match that included two mammoth games.

She won the opening game 17-15 before King took the second 11-7 to draw level.

The momentum swung back in favour of Massaro in the third which she won by the same scoreline. In the fourth game, Massaro won seven straight points only for King to hit back to lead 9-8. But Massaro drew level at 10-10 and then showed all her experience to close out the game and the match 13-11.

Massaro said “I was trying to find my angles and avoiding hitting shots in the centre of the court where I know Joelle is the strongest. I felt that worked out very well,”

After the epic fourth game, Massaro added: “I think Joelle lost focus in the beginning and it gave me seven points. When she caught up with me, I had to keep my patience and not hit any loose shots.

“I was not trying to rush the points, which is I think what won me the game.”

Mohamed ElShorbagy bounced back from his shock second round exit in Hong Kong to defeat World No.2 Gregory Gaultier and claim the men’s title – winning 3-0 in three minutes less than Massaro – and improving on his first round defeat last year.

ElShorbagy lost out to Australian Cameron Pilley in Hong Kong last month but looked back to the form that saw him claim six of seven PSA World Series titles last season.

He overpowered Gaultier, the Frenchman who was hoping to defend his crown he won 12 months ago, to win the match 11-5, 11-3, 11-3.