After falling at the last hurdle against Frenchwoman Camille Serme in last year’s Allam British Open, Chorley’s world No.1 Laura Massaro – who became just the third English player to top the world rankings this January – returns to Hull next week for the ‘Wimbledon of Squash’.
Massaro will be favourite for the Allam British Open – from March 21 to 27 – after one of the most compelling draws of recent years.
The Chorley star – the 2013 British Open champion – has taken two of five PSA World Series titles available so far during the 2015/16 season, at the US Open and Qatar Classic.
But with Nicol David, Raneem El Welily and Nour El Sherbini all also having tasted success, and with defending champion Serme, Amanda Sobhy and serial semi-finalists Nouran Gohar and Omneya Abdel Kawy also in the mix, the 2016 British Open could be one of the most competitive tournaments in the event’s illustrious history.
Massaro begins her bid for the title against a qualifier on March 22, en route to what is a likely quarter-final clash with 2015 winner Serme.
El Welily, the woman who ended David’s nine-year reign as world No.1, is seeded to meet Massaro in the semi-finals, while David and El Sherbini could clash in a their third consecutive World Series semi-final – where the Malaysian will be hoping to stop a run of three consecutive defeats to the Egyptian.
Serme begins her defence against wildcard Fiona Moverley.