Chorley’s Laura Massaro reigned supreme during the final night of action at the PSA Dubai World Series Finals.
She defeated Eygpt’s Raneem El Welily to take the honours and bring the lucrative week-long season-ending tournament to a close.
Competing in the shadow of the Burj Khalifa– the world’s tallest building – Massaro twice game from a game down to defeat El Welily in a thrilling 62-minute encounter.
She collected the biggest prize in the history of women’s squash – the $42,750 purse equal to that collected by men’s champion Gregory Gaultier.
And it came just three weeks after losing in the final of the PSA Women’s World Championship to El Welily’s compatriot Nour El Sherbini.
Eventually Massaro prevailed 9-11, 11-6, 5-11, 11-9, 11-5 victory.
“I’m so pleased with my form all week,” said Massaro.
“It was really tough coming off the back of a loss at the World Championship, and it was a big effort to keep training after that.
“I’m just so pleased that it’s paid off – you go through so much pain and hard work as a squash player. Moments like this make it all worth it.
“I told myself it was the final match of the season, and coming on for that fifth game I just told myself there was one game to go and I’m so pleased to come through in the end.
“To have equal prize money for the women and to be on an level par with the men in these big events now, the women feel like we deserve it, and I hope that today showed that we do.”