Massaro in Qatar Classic semi-final

Laura Massaro on her way to victory against Nouran Gohar (left)
Laura Massaro on her way to victory against Nouran Gohar (left)
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Chorley’s Laura Massaro overcame dangerous teenage Egyptian talent Nouran Gohar 3-1 to reach the last four of squash’s 2015 Qatar Classic, the second PSA World Series tournament of the season.

Massaro triumphed at the Delaware investments US Open two weeks ago to claim her first major tournament title in over a year, topping the PSA ‘Road To Dubai’ standings in the process.

And she put in a performance of note to overcome Gohar and send a message to her rivals that a second consecutive World Series title could well be on the cards.

Massaro executed her game plan to a tee, restricting the opportunities available to the incredibly talented world junior champion, showing impressive composure and dexterity as she mixed up her attacking options to come through 11-8 11-8 8-11 11-6 after 43 minutes.

“I’m a bit disappointed with how I played in that third game – I think I came off my tactical plan a little bit and allowed her to play the way she wants,” said Massaro.

“Everyone can see how lethal she is when you let her do that so I’m very happy to get off in four games in the end.

“I feel good physically which is a really big thing for me. If I’m moving well and feeling good physically then I’m halfway there with my game and I feel like that’s happening at the moment.

“Obviously playing two big majors in a row is hard so I’m really happy I’ve made it to the semis and backed up a really good week in Philadelphia here in Doha but I’m not done yet. I’m going to try and go one more round if I can.”

Massaro will now line-up against long-time Egyptian rival Omneya Abdel Kawy after the World No.6 beat India’s Joshana Chinappa.