Laura Massaro wins Carol Weymuller Open
England’s Laura Massaro has beaten the world number 2 Raneem El Weleily in the final of the Carol Weymuller Open in New York.
Massaro played faultless squash to frustrate the Egyptian into making a string of errors.
From the off the English woman was dominant, finding great rhythm and hitting accurate length, racing into a 8-3 lead and despite a small comeback from Raneem to 7-9, Massaro took the first comfortably 11/8.
Laura continued to remain disciplined in the second, keeping Raneem deep, taking the ball well at the front and volleying to keep a strong T position, winning the second emphatically 11/4.
As the players headed onto the court for the third game, the crowd was left wondering if the talented Egyptian could force her way back into the match.
The third started the same for Laura, racing to a 6-2 lead the world number 3 was sticking to her game plan to frustrate the Egyptian. Raneem kept going for short shots, of which some were winners but too many ended up hitting the tin allowing for an ecstatic Massaro to take the title 11/8, 11/4, 11/5.
A happy Laura commented, “I’m really pleased to win the title. I was so happy with the way I played and I managed to stick to my game plan as well as I could. Raneem had such a good week and I knew it would be tough today so it makes it even more special to win!”