Laura defeated in world final

Laura Massaro in action against Nour El Sherbini
Laura Massaro in action against Nour El Sherbini
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World No.1 Laura Massaro surrendered a two-game lead in the final of the Women’s World Championship – succumbing to Egypt’s Nour El Sherbini in Bukit Jalil, Malaysia.

World No.1 Laura Massaro surrendered a two-game lead in the final of the Women’s World Championship – succumbing to Egypt’s Nour El Sherbini in Bukit Jalil, Malaysia.

And in a further blow to the Chorley ace, she will be overtaken at the summit of the world rankings by the Eygptian next month.

El Sherbini – the World No.2 coming into the match – looked down and out after falling two games behind to a dominant Massaro, who beat El Sherbini to win the 2013 World Championship.

The Egyptian is the most in-form woman on the PSA World Tour at present though and she mounted an incredible fightback to earn a 6-11, 4-11, 11-3, 11-5, 11-8 victory to avenge her 2013 final defeat and become the first female Egyptian ever to become the World Champion.

“It’s an honour and privilege to play in a World Championship final, it’s the pinnacle of our year,” said Massaro.

“I’m obviously disappointed to lose but she played an amazing match from 2-0 down. I have to take it on the chin and come back again.

“Thanks to everyone who has helped me, my family and coaches who can’t be here, it’s been unbelievable. It’s been an amazing tournament and we as players couldn’t have asked for more this week.”