Chorley’s Laura Massaro beat long-time rival Nicol David in a thrilling quarter final match at the U.S. Open in Philadelphia.
Massaro trailed the Malaysian former world number one 2-0 after losing the first two games 11/8 and 11/4 but fought her way back into the match at Drexel University.
In a repeat of the 2015 Allam British Open in Hull, Massaro showed true grit and determination as she won the third game 11/6 with some precise and aggressive play. The fourth game was level at 8-8 before Massaro edged clear to take the game 11/8 and move the match into a nail biting decider.
The deciding game didn’t disappoint with both players going point for point until Laura sneaked ahead at 10-9 to give herself a match ball. She couldn’t convert the opportunity and David pegged the match back to 10-10 to take it into a tie break. With calm composure Massaro held her nerve and took the thrilling match 8/11, 4/11, 11/6, 11/8, 12/10 in 71 minutes.
“I’m really happy to turn that around, coming back from 2-0 down once against Nicol is hard enough but to do it twice in one year is something I’m really pleased about. Obviously I’d rather not be in that situation where I have to fight my way back but overall I’m delighted,” said a beaming Massaro.
“I fight to the very last point with everyone I play against and over the years my belief against her has got stronger and I know I can trouble her.
“I know from the British Open when I last beat Nicol 3-2 that you’ve then got to back it up in the next match. I have done a lot of summer training so I have confidence in my physical ability. So it’s case of getting my head down and recovering as well as I can and then seeing how the semi finals go,” Massaro concluded.
Massaro now faces Eygpt's Omneya Abdel Kawy this evening for a place in the final