Massaro is one win from gold

Laura Massaro

Laura Massaro

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LAURA Massaro insists she will play without fear in search of Commonwealth gold as she booked her place in Monday’s final of the women’s singles in Glasgow.

Emotions were riding high in Massaro’s all-English clash with Alison Waters but the 30-year-old prevailed 11-5 12-14 11-3 11-8 in just over an hour of play.

The world champion dominated the opening game and was 6-1 ahead up in the second before a few let calls and disagreements with the officials seemed to get on top of her.

Waters went on to take the second game but after some words of advice from her coach the No.2 seed from Chorley composed herself to see out the final two games. “I felt like it was a bit of a feisty encounter,” she said.“We have not played for a while and I think the two of us had our plan and when we executed it well one of us was on top.

“Obviously, when one was on top it was quite frustrating for the other and I think a bit of feistiness came out on there but we both wanted to be guaranteed a medal and that was driving me on.

“I was getting way too emotional – I had won the first fairly comfortably and was 6-1 up in the second and she actually made it a bit more emotional and I went back at that and got myself too involved.

“But I sat down and the coach told me to relax and just go for my shots and that is what I did and it paid off.”

Awaiting Massaro in the final will be long-time rival Nicol David, the No.1 seed at these Commonwealth Games.

“But she believes the gold will only be decided by the player that executes their game plan most effectively, with both knowing they can beat the other.

“I just have to be on top of my game for the final,” Massaro conceded

I think both of us will feel no pressure, as we both know we can beat the other,” she added.“It is one and two in the world going for a gold medal and it should be a good experience for us both.”

Meanwhile, Preston boxer Scott Fitzgerald is back in action on Monday for his last-16 welterweight bout. After stopping St Lucia’s Ron Bastien in his opening fight on Friday, the 22-year-old will be looking to book a spot in the quarter-finals when he takes on Ghana’s Azumah Mohammed at 1-50pm this afternoon.

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