Massaro in British Open semi-finals

Laura Massaro
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Defending champion Laura Massaro has secured her semi-final place at this year’s Allam British Open after a 3-0 win against England teammate Sarah Kippax.

Massaro was tested by the Halifax based player who was making her first ever British Open quarter final appearance, as the pair exchanged long rallies in the opening points.

However, it was the current world champion who was able to draw on her experience and come out the stronger at the end of each game.

The world number two was pleased to get through in three games: “It was tough going into the quarter final against an England teammate and someone I’ve known for years and years. On paper I was a heavy favourite so that is sometimes difficult to handle. I’m pleased to come through, she’s had a couple of giant killings.

“After I won the event last year, it was a bit of a surprise. It took me a while to get my head round it and realise that everyone was still gunning for me. I feel really good to be in the next round.

“The legacy work they do here and at our British nationals is massive and it helps get more kids playing squash and introduce them into the game. It’s such a great way to get kids involved.

“The coverage I’ve had from the World Championships has helped get me a good reception wherever I go and I’m really enjoying it. It was nice to see them getting behind everyone and great to see a full side wall.”

Commenting on her semi-final opponent Raneem El Weleily, who she plays tomorrow, the Chorley star added, “She’s phenomenal with the racket and I’ll have to be on my game plan 100%. We’ve played in the last three events and I’ll have to be fully focused.”