Laura Massaro

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Laura Massaro
Laura Massaro.jpg
Full nameLaura Jane Lengthorn
Country England
ResidencePreston, England
Born (1983-11-02) 2 November 1983 (age 38)
Height5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)
Weight66 kg (146 lb)
Turned Pro2000
PlaysRight Handed
Coached byDavid Pearson, Daniel Massaro
Racquet usedHead
Women's singles and doubles
Highest rankingNo. 1 (January, 2016)
Current rankingNo. 7 (March, 2019)
Tour final(s)41[1]
World OpenW (2013)
Last updated: March 2019.

Laura Jane Massaro MBE (née Lengthorn; born 2 November 1983) is a retired professional squash player from England. She retired after the British Open, in May, 2019.

She was born in Great Yarmouth. She attended Albany High School, Chorley,[2] which is now called Albany Academy. 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.[3]

She won her first top-level title at the German Open in 2004 and went on to become British Open champion in 2013[4] and World Champion in 2014, so become the first Englishwoman to hold both titles at once.[5] 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.[6] She won the WISPA Player of the Year award in 2011.[7] 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.[8]

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.[9] Laura has also recently partnered with HFE (Health and Fitness Education) in order to expand on her existing knowledge and enjoyment of yoga.[10]

After starting 2014 brightly by winning the WSA World Tour title in Chicago, Massaro won the biggest title of her career to date at the 2013 World Open in Penang upon beating Nour El Sherbini in the final. Her achievement, alongside that of reigning men's world champion Nick Matthew,[11] meant that England had two reigning 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.[12]

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 Joshna Chinappa in straight games.

October saw Massaro reach the quarter-finals of the US Open, where she lost to Nour El-Sherbini.[13] After a string of lacklustre performances throughout late 2014 and early 2015, she progressed to her third British Open final in succession before losing out to eventual victor Camille Serme.

Massaro started her 2015/16 season in strong fashion as she achieved victory at the US Open and Qatar Classic. Upon beating world No. 1 Raneem El Weleily (who herself ended David's 9-year unbroken streak as world No. 1 several months prior) in the semi-finals of the Hong Kong Open,[14] she became the third Englishwoman (and first since 2004) to ascend to the top of the world rankings.[15]

She was appointed Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in the 2020 New Year Honours for services to squash.[16]

World Open[edit]

Finals: 3 (1 title, 2 runner-up)[edit]

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
Runner-up 2015 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia Egypt Nour El Sherbini 6–11, 4–11, 11–3, 11–5, 11–8

Major World Series final appearances[edit]

British Open: 4 finals (2 titles, 2 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
Runner-up 2015 France Camille Serme 11–3, 11–5, 8–11, 11–8
Winner 2017 England Sarah-Jane Perry 11–8, 11–8, 6–11, 11–6

Hong Kong Open: 1 final (1 runner-up)[edit]

Outcome Year Opponent in the final Score in the final
Runner-up 2015 Malaysia Nicol David 15–13, 11–9, 11–3

Qatar Classic: 1 final (1 title)[edit]

Outcome Year Opponent in the final Score in the final
Winner 2015 Egypt Nour El Sherbini 11–8, 12–14, 11–9, 8–11, 11–9

U.S. Open: 3 finals (2 titles, 1 runner-up)[edit]

Outcome Year Opponent in the final Score in the final
Winner 2011 Australia Kasey Brown 5–11, 11–5, 11–3, 11–5
Runner-up 2013 Malaysia Nicol David 13–11, 11–13, 7–11, 11–8, 11–5
Winner 2015 Egypt Nour El Tayeb 11–6, 9–11, 6–11, 11–8, 11–7

Kuala Lumpur Open: 1 final (1 title)[edit]

Outcome Year Opponent in the final Score in the final
Winner 2013 England Alison Waters 11–9, 11–7, 11–6

Tournament of Champions: 1 final (1 runner-up)[edit]

Outcome Year Opponent in the final Score in the final
Runner-up 2017 France Camille Serme 13–11, 8–11, 4–11, 11–3, 11–7

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b[dead link]
  2. ^ "Final victory for Laura". Leyland Guardian. Johnston Press Digital Publishing. 15 October 2003. Retrieved 16 January 2009.
  3. ^ "Elevated Wolverhampton Open Attracts High Class Entries". Wolverhampton Open. Squash Player. Retrieved 16 January 2009.
  4. ^ Marianne Bevis (28 May 2013). "Laura Massaro beats Nicol David to take title". The Sport Review.
  5. ^ "Laura Massaro beats Nour El Sherbini to win world title". BBC Sport. 23 March 2014.
  6. ^ "Sportswomen of the Year Awards". Sky Sports. 26 October 2014.
  7. ^ "WISPA Player of the Year Awards 2011". Archived from the original on 22 February 2012.
  8. ^ "Massaro claims second silver of Commonwealth Games". ITV News. 2 August 2014.
  9. ^ "Volkswagen drives sponsorship forward for local sporting legend". Wigan World. 25 September 2014.
  10. ^ "How Does Yoga Help Squash's World Number 1 Player?". HFE Blog. Retrieved 23 March 2016.
  11. ^ "World Squash Championship: Nick Matthew wins world final". BBC Sport. 3 November 2013.
  12. ^ "British Open Squash final: Nicol David defeats Laura Massaro". BBC Sport. 19 May 2014.
  13. ^ "Sherbini stuns packed house – and second seed Massaro – in quarterfinals". US Open Squash Championships. 16 October 2014.
  14. ^ "Hong Kong Update: Massaro Downs World No.1 to Reach Third Consecutive World Series Final – Professional Squash Association".
  15. ^ "England's Laura Massaro Crowned World No.1 – Professional Squash Association".
  16. ^ "No. 62866". The London Gazette (Supplement). 28 December 2019. p. N20.

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Sporting positions
Preceded by World No. 1
January 2016 – April 2016
Succeeded by
Awards and achievements
Preceded by WISPA Most Improved Player of the Year
Succeeded by
Preceded by WSA Player of the Year
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