LAURA Massaro believes she is getting back to her best following a mixed start to the season.

The world number two from Chorley crashed out of the Hong Kong Open in the quarter finals in August but followed up by winning the China Open earlier this month.

Now the 32-year-old is preparing to fly out to the States to take part in the Netsuite Open in San Francisco and also the US Open in Philadelphia - a tournament she won last year.

Massaro, who has already said she will pick and choose her tournaments, has opted to sit out next week's Al Ahram Squash Open in Cairo, which will be played in the shadows of the pyramids.

"I'm looking forward to a couple of weeks training now before my trip to the States," said Massaro who will be top seed in San Francisco later this month.

"I've decided not to go Al Ahram and instead prepare for San Francisco and the US Open."

Looking back on her China Open success, Massaro was delighted to get back to winning ways and avenge the defeat she suffered against Nouran Gohar in Hong Kong where she struggled throughout the tournament.

"Hong Kong was tough as it was the first event back and I felt a little rusty in my play," she said.

"I felt I got better and better but just came up short against Nouran.

"On the positive, I was happy I pushed her all the way and losing to the eventual winner softened the blow a bit."

Massaro lost in five gruelling five games to Gohar but bounced back with an impressive 3-0 win to be beat the talented Egyptian teenager in the China Open final.

She added: "I re-grouped well and prepared for China. I wanted to do well there as top seed.

"I had a couple of matches where I wasn't happy with how I played but again felt like I was getting closer to my best level.

"The final was the best match I played over the two events and it was a bonus to be able to play Nouran so quickly after Hong Kong.

"We've played each other a lot recently and we both always leave everything on court.

"Nouran's an amazing player for her age, so I'll keep on taking the wins while I still can."