LAURA Massaro is hoping home advantage can boost her chances of winning a second world title.

The 34-year-old from Chorley kicks off her AJ Bell PSA World Championships campaign at the National Squash Centre in Manchester next month and says a partisan crowd can play their part.

Massaro knows just how important the Manchester crowd can be having won the British Open crown there in 2017. And while she admits playing at home can bring an added pressure, it is something she is looking forward to.

“It will definitely add a little bit of pressure, mainly from myself but also from expectation,” said Massaro who was world champion in 2013.

“But I’ve also had quite a lot of success at the British Open where the home crowd have massively helped me in matches where I’ve really needed the help to get over the line or turn a deficit around.

“So there will be pressure and nerves for sure but it will definitely be a massive benefit to have the home crowd.”

Massaro begins her quest for glory on Monday, December 11 against a qualifier.

And despite not knowing who she will be up against, the Hoghton-based star can’t wait to get going.

“I’m looking forward to getting the World Championships kicked off, it’s been a long build up,” said the world number four.

“Playing a qualifier in the first round, you don’t know who you’re playing yet, so it’s good in some ways that you can just prepare and crack on with your training without having a name or a face in mind, but on the downside you don’t know who it is until the night before the match.

“So I’m just trying to prepare physically and mentally the best I can for that match and hopefully put myself in a good position to play well and try and build on that through the rest of the tournament.”

Massaro has contested three of the last five finals. She lost in the 2012 showpiece to Nicol David before beating Nour El Sherbini in Penang to clinch the delayed 2013 crown.

However, the Egyptian world number one gained her revenge two years later where Massaro led 2-0 before slipping to an agonising 3-2 defeat.

But there will be no final repeat performance this year as Massaro could potentially meet the defending champion in the semi finals.

Massaro, who recently played her 500th match on the PSA World Tour, is in line for a second round clash with Welsh number one Tesni Evans and, should the draw go to plan, face eighth seed Nour El Tayeb in the quarter finals.

The opposite half of the draw will see two-time runner-up Raneem El Welily look to overcome the likes of eight-time champion Nicol David and Frenchwoman Camille Serme - the number three seed - to secure a place in the final.

Meanwhile. Massro was a part of the England that beat Rest of the World by a single point in the inaugural Ab Initio Squash International on Friday night.

“It is about finding a way to fit it in the calendar with the World Team Championships, but it would be great.”