Chorley squash star Laura Massaro had the best possible start to the defence of her British Open crown in Hull.
The 30-year-old world No.2 had a comfortable victory over Hong Kong’s Joey Chan 11-3 11-4 11-7 inside half-an-hour.
“It’s been a long build up so it’s nice to be back playing. I felt good out there on court.
“I’ve tried to keep my training the same as it has been for the last few events. No need to change a formula that has been working.
“I’m really pleased to get a win – I felt like I played well so looking forward to the next match today.”
Massaro is due on court at 7pm this evening against another star from Hong Kong – Annie Au.
The No.9 seed is a player who Massaro has had problems with in the past and she will have to be on form to reach Friday’s quarter-finals.
Massaro, who is the current World Champion, is bidding to become the first home female player in more than half-a-century to defend a British Open.
Despite the weight of history and expectation on her shoulders, the former Preston College student is relaxed about what lies ahead.
“I am fully aware of how hard it is to win the British Open once – let alone twice – so I will take it round by round and see how it goes.
“If I am lucky enough to win the title again, it will be a career-high for me for sure.
“But after winning the world title, I am more confident in myself, it doesn’t add any pressure if anything it takes it off.
“If I don’t win the title again this year then I know there are more years to come. I just want to enjoy this event as much as possible.”