Chorley’s Laura Massaro fails to make the last eight in NYC

England squash No.2 Laura Massaro suffered a surprise third round defeat at the 2019 JP Morgan Tournament of Champions.

Tuesday, 22nd January 2019, 6:42 am
Updated Tuesday, 22nd January 2019, 7:55 am
Laura Massaro in action against Salma Hany (photo: PSA)

The Chorley star went down in straight games to Egypt’s Salma Hany at New York’s Grand Central Terminal.

Preston-based Massaro, 35, struggled to get going in the match and looked flat as she succumbed to an 11-4, 11-9, 11-7 in just 30 minutes.

This is the first time since 2005 that the world No.7 has failed to make it to the quarter-finals of the New York tournament.

“When I saw the draw, I saw that if I was going to play Laura, the worst time to play her is after a bad loss, so I know she wanted to come to this tournament and do well,” said Hany.

“I just relaxed and this is my first ever quarter-final in a Platinum event.

“Every time I step on this court, especially in this amazing venue, I get a bit nervous.

“Today, before the match, when I talked to my squash coach, he told me about the plan and then at the end, he told me, ‘Forget everything and just dance on court’.”