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Massaro In Maiden World Open Final

Posted: 21.12.12

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Laura Massaro reached the final of the Cayman Islands World Open after beating No.2 seed Raneem El Weleily in the sem-final.

In a thrilling five-game encounter, Massaro beat her 23-year-old opponent 3/2 in 69 minutes to reach her first World Open final.

“We’ve been taking turns at winning and swapping in the rankings all year, so it’s fitting that there was just a couple of points between us in the whole match,” an emotional Massaro told SquashSite.

“You always know with Raneem there are going to be patches where she hits winners, you just have to hang in and come through them. It feels great to reach the World Open final, I’m so happy!”

“Now it’s all about getting the right preparation for tomorrow. I haven’t been to swim with the Dolphins yet, it looks like [husband] Danny will have to go on his own now!”

Massaro will be joined by world No.1 Nicol David in the World Open final as she defeated Jenny Duncalf in her semi-final contest, in a repeat of last year’s World Open final in Rotterdam.

Final:
1 Nicol David (MAS) vs 3 Laura Massaro (ENG)

Semi-finals:
1 Nicol David (MAS) bt 6 Jenny Duncalf (ENG) 11-7, 11-4, 11-2 (37m)
3 Laura Massaro (ENG) bt 2 Raneem El Weleily (EGY) 5-11, 11-9, 12-14, 11-4, 13-11 (69m)