Chorley squash star Laura Massaro still believes she can reach the summit of squash despite losing to world No.1 Nicol David on Sunday.
The Malaysian extended her points lead at the top of the rankings over No.2-ranked Massaro with an impressive 3-1 victory in the final of the Allam British Open Championships at Hull Sports Arena.
David has been top of the women’s rankings for more than seven years but over the past year she has been chased hard by Massaro, who is the current world champion.
Late developer Massaro, who at 30 is just a couple of months younger than David, admits one of her goals is to eventually overhaul her long-time rival at the top of the rankings.
“Nicol is a brilliant, brilliant player,” Massaro said. “But my goal is not to be world No. 2.
“There is nothing wrong with being a No.2 – but my goal is to be No.1. I want to go to the final step and see if I can do it.
“If yes, I’ll be happy. If not, I’ll be able to retire knowing that I have done my best.”
Massaro has scored a number of wins over David during her career, including in last year’s British Open final.
However, she was unable to repeat the feat on Sunday despite taking the opening game of the match.
She said: “I wanted to come off the court knowing where I stand, whether I deserve to be anywhere near her in the rankings or not.
“I’m not far away at all, we were both at our best.
“I gave it everything that I had, so I can’t be too disappointed with the result. Even though I’ve lost it will give me a lot of confidence going into the next tournament.”
Massaro plans to have a break before she prepares for the Commonwealth Games.