Massaro makes history with win

  • Last Updated: March 23 2014, 16:50 GMT

World number two Laura Massaro clinched the Women's World Championship title in Malaysia on Sunday, becoming the first English woman in 15 years to do so.

Laura Massaro: Won the World Championship
Laura Massaro: Won the World Championship

The 30-year-old from Preston saw off Egypt's Nour El Sherbini 11-7 6-11 11-9 5-11 11-9 in Penang to secure the crown and make history as the first English woman to hold the world and British Open titles simultaneously.

It is also the first time that there has been an English world champion in both men's and women's squash at the same time, with Nick Matthew having won the male title in November.

"To be honest I was really nervous," Massaro said.

"I've never really felt this nervous even though I made the final of the 2012 worlds. It was probably because I didn't want the opportunity to slip away.

"I think knowing that I had to play Sherbini instead of Nicol (David) in the final threw me off my game and it made me a lot more nervous because it was a really good opportunity for me.

"But it's been a really amazing win - and it's massive to have both the world and British Open titles."


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