Laura exits British Open

Laura Massaro (photo: PSA)

Laura Massaro (photo: PSA)

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World No.1 Laura Massaro was dumped out of squash’s 2016 Allam British Open at the quarter-final stage by defending champion Camille Serme in a 39-minute romp that saw any hopes of home success in the PSA World Series tournament dashed.

Chorley star Massaro had witnessed compatriots Nick Matthew and James Willstrop exit the men’s competition at the second round stage earlier this week.

And she joined them on the tournament casualty list after a lacklustre display against an in-form Serme.

Massaro’s exit means there will be no English representation in the last four of either the men’s or women’s draws for the first time in more than 35 years.

Serme claimed the title 12 months ago with an impressive win over Massaro in the final, and produced a display of note to get the better of the 32-year-old once again, winning 11-8 11-5 11-7 to move into the last four.

She will now face Egyptian teenager Nouran Gohar after she downed former world No.1 Raneem El Welily.

“I felt good on court today, a bit nervous at the beginning, but I got more and more confident with my game as the match went on,” said Serme.

“Last year I was really focused on what to do and I’m really happy to be back in the last four and I can’t wait to play the semi-final.”