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WWC Update: Massaro Moves into Quarter-Final


Tournament top seed Laura Massaro put in a masterclass against Indian No.1 Joshna Chinappa in the second round of the Naza PSA Women’s World Championship to move into the last eight for the fifth World Championship in a row.

The World No.1 was in sharp form and put Chinappa under a barrage of pressure throughout a whirlwind opening game that saw Massaro go one-game ahead for the loss of just three points.

Chinappa improved in the second and clawed back some points but Massaro’s high pace allowed her to retain her comfortable stronghold on the match, with a number of masterful shots cueing a now-trademark fist pump, and the Lancastrian took the second and third games to claim a hugely impressive 11-3, 11-6, 11-3 victory.

“I wanted to go out there and make a really fast start and try and be positive from the beginning,” said Massaro.

“I wanted to get in front and I felt like, in the first round, I was a little bit passive to start with. It was just about trying to get out and start strong, keep my intensity quite high and I think I probably set a record for the amount of fist pumps considering the length of time that I was on court for. I was making sure that I was there for the entire match and that I didn’t let her get up at any point.”

Massaro also took time out to praise Men’s England No.1 Nick Matthew and says that she bases her game on the three-time World Champion with the help of their shared coach, David Pearson.

“I really respect Nick and I’ve learned so much from watching him over the years and we have the same coach,” she said.

“Anything I’m trying to work on with DP, he’s the one I go and watch on SQUASHTV because he does it better than anyone in the world and that’s the way that David wants us to play. If I want to see how it’s done then he’s the one to copy. Out of everyone, we are quite similar, in our personalities as well.

“It is a DP quality but I’ve watched a lot of Nick and tried to copy how good he is and how much space he takes around the middle.”

Result – Second Round: Naza PSA Women’s World Championship
[1] Laura Massaro (ENG) bt Joshna Chinappa (IND) 3-0: 11-3, 11-6, 11-3 (26m)

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