Chorley squash star Laura Massaro will move to the summit of the women's game next month for the first time in her career.
She extended her wining streak on the PSA World Tour to 14 matches after a stunning display saw her defeat World No.1 Raneem El Welily to reach the final of the 2015 Cathay Pacific Sun Hung Kai Financial Hong Kong Open.
The win means Massaro will leapfrog over El Welily when the new ranking list is announced in January.
On hearing the news that she will become World No.1 in January Massaro said: “The World No.1 has been a huge mountain that I’ve been climbing and it’s certainly come as a great early Christmas present.
“It means everything to me. I trained hard over the summer after taking a break and the focus was all about competing and challenging for major titles. It’s gone better than I could have expected, winning three titles already, and I knew that if I could hit my goals of winning titles then the rankings would take care of itself.”
The Chorley ace wrapped up victory in comprehensive fashion after just 33 minutes and now sees her move into a third consecutive PSA World Series tournament final where she’ll be hoping to add to the Delaware Investments U.S. Open and Qatar Classic crowns she has already collected so far during the 2015/16 season.
The 32-year-old World No.2 played with accuracy and positivity as she outclased a mis-firing El Welily.
“I’m really, really happy to be in another World Series final,” said Massaro, who will face defencing champion Nicol David, who’ll be playing her 100th tour final, in the title-decider.
“I’ve never made it to the final at this tournament so I’m excited for the final.