Chorley's world No.3 Laura Massaro is the 2015 Qatar Classic champion after beating Egypt’s Nour El Sherbini in the final.
CHORLEY’S world No.3 Laura Massaro is the 2015 Qatar Classic champion after beating Egypt’s Nour El Sherbini in the final yesterday.
After triumphing at the first PSA World Series tournament of the season – the US Open – just two weeks ago in Philadelphia, Massaro continued to enjoy the form-of-her life as she came through a breath-taking five-game 73minute battle with El Sherbini.
With the pairing sharing the first four games between them to force a title-decider, it was the 20-year-old World No.8 who raced into an early lead before a succession of lets and strokes halted her rhythm and allowed Massaro to find her way back into the match.
Massaro, pictured below, hit a delightful volley drop at championship ball to wrap up an enthralling 11-8, 12-14, 11-9, 8-11, 11-9 victory – a win that sees her strengthen her lead at the top of the PSA Road to Dubai Standings and cut down the gap between herself and the top-two – Raneem El Welily and Nicol David.
“There’s a lot of great names on that trophy so it’s a great feeling to know that my name will go along side them now,” said Massaro.
“It’s amazing to win another major trophy – I’m over the moon. Physically and mentally I feel in a really good place at the moment.
“I think that there was a little bit of a change in tactical plan in the end and then a bit of a momentum shift and it was enough to carry me over the line in that fifth game.
“There was only three or four points left at that point and I don’t think that there was enough time for her to adjust to that.”