Massaro wants more silverware

PHOTO: NEIL CROSS 'Big Interview 'Squash player Laura Massaro, Commonwealth silver medalist
PHOTO: NEIL CROSS 'Big Interview 'Squash player Laura Massaro, Commonwealth silver medalist

A CHORLEY squash star hopes to have put her injury problems behind her as she targets more titles this year.

Laura Massaro, 28, says she got off to the worst possible start to 2012 by getting a few injuries.

But now things are starting to look up for the Hoghton star after retaining her national title for the second year running.

She said: “I am pretty happy with how things have gone so far.

“I got injured during Christmas and it left me only a week to recover before I went out for the Cleveland Open in America.

“I had won that tournament last year but with the problems it was going to be tough to do it again.

“I reached the final losing out to Nicola David who I beat last year.

“Then I only had a week to prepare for the Nationals.

“I won the competition so it is not too bad reaching one final and winning another competition considering my training was affected by the injuries.”

Now, the British ranked number two player has set her sights on more success as she battles to be world number one.

She said: “I think my game has really developed recently and things are going well.

“I feel like I have improved physically which means that I am faster and stronger.

“I can take the ball earlier which is putting my opponents under a lot more pressure.

“I have got a little bit of training time and will be trying to catch up on what I missed out on earlier this year.

“The next big competition is the LKA Open in Asia in the middle of March.”

Massaro added that she was disappointed that she will not be involved in the Olympic Games because it was not one of the chosen sports.

However she was looking forward to preparing for the Commonwealth Games in Scotland in 2014.

- To keep up to date with all Laura’s progress check out the website: www.lauralengthorn.com.