After suffering a shock second round defeat during the 2015 Windy City Open which led to her taking an extended break from the sport, World No.1 Laura Masaaro made sure lightning would not strike twice as she compressively defeated compatriot Victoria Lust in the second round of the 2016 tournament currently taking place in Chicago.
Defeat twelve months ago proved to be the catalyst for a career-defining change in the 32-year-old’s approach to the game and in the midst of some of her finest ever form she played with total control to come through 3-0 after just 31 minutes on court – rarely getting out of second gear despite a drop in concentration in the third as she set up a quarter-final battle with Omneya Abdel Kawy.
“I felt pretty good on court tonight and I’m pleased with how I started in particular,” said Massaro.
“I dropped off a little mentally in the third game and that was enough to let her into the mix so I was quite happy to get off there in three games at the end as it was getting quite tight.
“Despite that blip I felt like I had a lot of clarity in mind an played with a lot of focus on what I needed to do. I’m not worrying about what people throw at me on court but instead I’m concentrating on playing my game an hopefully I can keep that going.”
 Laura Massaro (ENG) bt  Victoria Lust (ENG) 3-0: 11-5, 11-2, 11-9 (31m)