Laura Massaro stormed into the U.S. Open final at Drexel University, Philadelphia after a 12/10, 11/7, 11/9 victory over Egypt’s Omneya Kawy.
Despite a shaky start it took Massaro just 34 minutes to dispatch Kawy and confirm her place in the prestigious PSA World Series event final.
Massaro found herself 10-7 down in the first game but managed to save three game balls and win five points on the bounce to edge it 12/10. In the second the 31 year old relaxed into the match, hitting the back corners well she equalled Kawy’s creativity at the front of the court and stayed disciplined to win the vital points.
It was relatively smooth sailing from there and a delighted Massaro fist pumped the air at the end of the match as her journey to win a second U.S. Open title remains on track.
“Last week was so disappointing to go out first round but I know that I wasn’t in my best form having been a little bit ill. So it’s a bit of relief to know that my squash is still there and I am in good form, it was just a blip last week and I’m really happy to be in a major final.
“I don’t think there will be any pressure in the final for either of us really, I’m just happy that all the hard work I’ve put in over the summer has paid off. I’ve put work in on and off the court and with my diet so there’s been no stone left unturned this summer and it’s nice that it pays off!” said Massaro.
Massaro will face another Egpytian in Saturday’s final, World No.8 Nour El Tayeb after she beat Camille Serme 9/11, 11/9, 11/4, 11/7.
“After having a bit of a break at the beginning of the year due to feeling a burnt out – I’m as keen as mustard again!” she added.