Massaro ready for David showdown

Laura Massaro faces Nicol David in the quarter-finals of the US Open
Laura Massaro faces Nicol David in the quarter-finals of the US Open
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Laura Massaro was delighted to reach the US Open quarter-finals after a tricky match against home favourite America’s Amanda Sobhy.

The 31-year-old Chorley star will now play long-time rival and defending champion Nicol David in the last eight.

Laura Massaro defeats Amanda Sobhy

Laura Massaro defeats Amanda Sobhy

Sobhy – ranked 11 in the world – has shot up the world rankings since turning professional and certainly gave 2011 US Open Champion something to think about.

The first game went smoothly for Massaro who took control from 6-6 to go on and win the first 11-8. The 22 year old American fought back in the second much to the delight of her home crowd taking the game 11-7 to draw the match level.

Massaro was fired up in the third, giving the crowd some fist pumps she dominated proceedings to take it 11-4 before seeing out the match in 11-8, 7-11, 11-4, 11-9 in 49 minutes.

“I was really happy with how I played, she’s a really dangerous opponent,” said Massaro

She’s on her way up the world rankings and plays really powerfully so I was really glad that I could control the pace for the most part.

“After losing the second I just tried to go back to my tactical plan, knowing that if I got the third game then I’d be back in the lead.

“It was actually a really enjoyable game to play and I thought we both played well so I’m just glad to come out on top.

“This is a prestigious event and one that every players really wants to win so I’ll fight hard when I’m back on this court against Nicol to try and make that happen.”

David defeated Nouran Gohar 3-0 in her last-16 match and is looking forward to facing her long-time rival in the quarters.

“Playing Laura in the quarters will be a tough match and it shows how strong the tour is at the moment.”

The US Open is also one of the first tournaments to trial the 17-inch tin for women, the men’s tour has used a lower tin since 2000 whilst the women’s tour continued to play on a 19-inch tin.

Two inches separated the men and women’s professional sport from absolute parity in prize money and performance standards until the PSA announced that the women had agreed to a four-month trial beginning in September.

Massaro commented on the change, “I feel like because my movements good at the moment I actually feel like it’s suiting my game.

I’m not struggling to pick up or read balls too much and it’s actually helping me play a few more attacking shots myself. I’ve always had the back court game so to be able to add another dimension into my short game helps me, so I’m really enjoying it.”