Massaro is prepared for the 1st National’s title!

Laura Massaro (pic) comfortably cleared her first hurdle in the women’s event, beating qualifier Rachel Willmott in straight games (11-3, 11-1, 11-4 ) in just 18 minutes. It was Massaro’s 1st appearance on British soil since winning her biggest title on the international circuit last week in Cleveland, Ohio – where she not only beat England team-mate Jenny Duncalf, the world No2, for the first time in 5 years, but went on to record a first ever win over Nicol David, the world number one from Malaysia who had been undefeated since November 2009. Quarter-finals line-up: [1] Jenny Duncalf v [5] Emma Beddoes; [4] Sarah Kippax v [7] Dominique Lloyd-Walter; [3] Laura Massaro v Deon Saffery (Wal); [2] Madeline Perry (Ire) v [6] Victoria Lust.