England’s Laura Massaro was forced to settle for a silver medal in the women’s squash final at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow after a dominant display by Malaysian world number one Nicol David.
Massaro, who was crowned world champion earlier this year after David had been beaten in the semi-final on the other side of the draw, rued a missed opportunity at game point in the opener as David ran out a 12-10 11-2 11-5 winner.
The 30-year-old Massaro had made a strong start, building an 8-4 lead in the opener before David hit back, and the favourite surged through the second set with the minimum of difficulty.
There was more pain in the third set for Massaro, who needed treatment after being accidentally hit by a David back-swing when she trailed 4-3.
David, who has won seven of the last nine world titles and reigned as world number one for 99 months, took a stroke which put her 5-3 up and it was a lead the Malaysian never looked like relinquishing as she completed a successful defence of her title.