Laura Massaro

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Laura Massaro
Laura Massaro.jpg
Full name Laura Jane Lengthorn
Country  England
Residence Preston, England
Born (1983-11-02) 2 November 1983 (age 31)
Great Yarmouth, England
Height 5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)
Weight 66 kilograms (146 lb)
Turned Pro 2000
Plays Right Handed
Coached by David Pearson, Daniel Massaro
Racquet used Head
Website www.lauralengthorn.com
Women's singles and doubles
Highest ranking No. 2 (October, 2012)
Current ranking No. 2 (November, 2014)
Title(s) 14
Tour final(s) 28
World Open W (2013)
Last updated on: December, 2014.

Laura Massaro is a professional squash player from England.

She was born Laura Lengthorn on 2 November 1983 in Great Yarmouth. She attended Albany High School, Chorley,[1] which is now called Albany Science College. In July 2007, she married Danny Massaro and became Laura Lengthorn-Massaro. She subsequently dropped 'Lengthorn' from her name and is now known professionally as Laura Massaro .[2]

She won her first top-level title at the German Open in 2004 and went on to become British Open champion in 2013 [3] and World Champion in 2014, so become the first Englishwoman to hold both titles at once.[4] She is also a three-time silver medallist for England in Commonwealth Games.

Massaro has been shortlisted for the Sunday Times Sky Sports Sportswomen of the Year awards.[5] She won the WISPA Player of the Year award in 2011.[6] She won the US Open and the Cleveland Classic in 2011, the Sharm El Sheikh Open in 2010, and the Monte Carlo Classic in 2008.

Massaro also won the British National Squash Championships in 2011, defeating Jenny Duncalf in the final 7–11, 11–9, 7–11, 11–7, 11–2. She had previously finished runner-up at the championships in 2008 (losing in the final to Alison Waters 11–6, 7–11, 8–11, 9–11).

At the 2010 Commonwealth Games, Massaro won a Silver Medal in the women's doubles (partnering Jenny Duncalf). She followed up four years later at the 2014 Commonwealth Games with two silver medals - silver in singles after finishing runner-up to Nicol David and another silver in doubles with Duncalf.[7]

Massaro won the British Open in 2013. She was the first English woman to do so in 22 years.

Laura's sponsors include 305SQUASH for clothing, Head for rackets, Asics for shoes and Technifibre for strings. She is also sponsored by UK Fast, Proto-Col and CourtCare and is provided with a sponsored car by Corkhills Volkswagen in Wigan.[8]

After starting 2014 brightly by winning the WSA World Tour title in Chicago, Massaro won the biggest title of her career to date2013 World Open in Penang beating Nour El Sherbini in the final. Her achievement, alongside that of reigning men's World Champion Nick Matthew,[9] meant that England had two current world squash champions for the first time.

Massaro's exceptional 2014 season continued when she was runner-up to David at the British Open in Hull in May.[10]

At the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow in July, Massaro went unbeaten through the women's singles - including a semi-final against compatriot Alison Waters - before falling to David in the gold medal match. She and Duncalf then joined forces in the doubles and won through to the final, where they lost to Indians Dipika Pallikal and Joshana Chinappa in straight games.

October saw Massaro reach the quarter-finals of the US Open, where she lost to Nour El-Sherbini.[11]

World Open[edit]

Finals: 2 (1 title, 1 runner-up)[edit]

Source:[12]

Outcome Year Location Opponent in the final Score in the final
Runner-up 2012 Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands Malaysia Nicol David 11–6, 11–8, 11–6
Winner 2013 Penang, Malaysia Egypt Nour El Sherbini 11–7, 6–11, 11–9, 5–11, 11–9

Major World Series final appearances[edit]

British Open: 2 finals (1 title, 1 runner-up)[edit]

Outcome Year Opponent in the final Score in the final
Winner 2013 Malaysia Nicol David 11-4, 3-11, 12-10, 11-8
Runner-up 2014 Malaysia Nicol David 8-11, 11-5, 11-7, 11-8

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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Shelley Kitchen
WISPA Most Improved Player of the Year
2008
Succeeded by
Camille Serme
Preceded by
Nicol David
Nicol David
WSA Player of the Year
2011
2013
Succeeded by
Nicol David
Current holder