Laura Massaro believes her and partner Jenny Duncalf are clicking into gear at exactly the right time as they look to secure victory in today’s all-English women’s doubles squash semi-final.
Alongside Duncalf, Massaro, who hails from Chorley, took home silver from Delhi 2010 and the 30-year-old has already added to that tally in Glasgow with an identical medal in the women’s singles on Monday.
Massaro and Duncalf have been steadily working their way through the women’s doubles draw since, progressing through their group stages with a one hundred per cent record.
Yesterday saw them come up against Australia’s Lisa Camilleri and Donna Urquhart but their quarter-finalist opponents were no match for the English pair who triumphed 11-7, 11-4.
It sets up a semi-final clash with teammates Emma Beddoes and Alison Waters with England guaranteed at least a silver in the event, although Massaro had a pre-match word of warning.
“Our quarter-final was probably the best we’ve played since Delhi.
“We always said that when the medals got on it, we’d bring our best game out and that was the case,” she said.
“It was brilliant fun, we really enjoyed it and we’re really happy with the performance. I felt like we were sharp from the beginning and both playing some shots. It is a little bit nerve-wracking at the knockout stages and you are aware that it’s important that you perform from the beginning.
“I was really chuffed with how we started and finished as well. We have a big semi-final coming up and we are ready for it.”
Massaro is well known for her solo efforts on the court, winning the World Open title back in March – the first English woman to do so since 1999.
However she believes her solid relationship with Duncalf makes them a doubles pairing not to be messed with.
“We have known each other a long time, and with doubles you have got to like each other,” she added.
“Obviously there has been some riffs with some of the teams but I don’t care what you say, when it gets to the crunch and you have to look over at that person, and rely on them more than anybody else, then you have got to know that they are there for you.
“I think we have that and that makes the difference in the big stages.”
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