It was already the biggest final of Laura Massaro’s (pic ri) career – and it led to her biggest win of all-time when the eight-seeded Englishwoman inflicted the first defeat of world No1 Nicol David (pic le) for 14 months in the final of the Cleveland Classic. In her giant-killing run to the final at Cleveland, Massaro despatched world No2 Jenny Duncalf and ousted Madeline Perry, the No4 seed from Ireland. The 27-year-old world No10 walked onto the court to face David 0-9 down in her career head-to-head record against the Malaysian. Furthermore, earlier on the same day it was confirmed that Nicol David was celebrating her 58th month at the top of the world rankings – but Massaro was on a roll – and the England number three jumped out of the blocks to clinch her historic 11-9, 11-7, 9-11, 11-8 triumph in 61 minutes. “I’m really pleased with the win,” said the jubilant Massaro. “To beat the world No1, 2 and 6 in the same tournament was a dream before tonight. I can’t believe I have achieved one of my dreams.”
Massaro downs Perry to reach Cleveland final!
A second upset in 24 hours in the Cleveland Classic has taken England’s Laura Massaro (pic) into the biggest Tour final of her career in Cleveland in the US state of Ohio. The eighth seed made her breakthrough in the quarter-finals where she despatched…
Nicol David begins 2011 campaign in Cleveland!
Malaysia’s Nicol David (pic le), who has topped the women’s world squash rankings unopposed since August 2006, begins her 2011 campaign at the new Cleveland Classic, the first WISPA Gold event of the year in Cleveland in the US state of Ohio. Unbeaten …
Massaro downs Duncalf in Cleveland!
In the first Tour victory over her England team-mate for almost five years, Laura Massaro (pic) upset world No2 Jenny Duncalf in straight games (12-10, 11-4, 11-2) in the Cleveland Classic to claim an unexpected place in the semi- in the US state of Oh…
David and Grinham meet in maiden Mexico final!
Nicol David and Rachael Grinham (pic) will meet for the 32nd time in their careers when they play for the crown in Mexico, after surviving contrasting semi-finals in Toluca. The opening semi in the first WISPA Gold event ever to be staged in Mexico was…
Nicol David took Mexican crown!
After Malaysian top-seed Nicol David (pic front) took the title in Mexico in straight games (12-10, 11-4, 11-5), she additionally extended her head-to-head lead to 25-7 against Australian Rachael Grinham (pic behind). David just had to worry in the 1st…