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Laura Massaro celebrates at the British Open

Throwback Thursday: Massaro Produces Stunning Comeback at British Open

The 2016/17 season saw a number of thrilling comebacks and none more important than England’s Laura Massaro’s fightback against Egypt’s Nour El Sherbini at the Allam British Open back in March.

Massaro was left staring down the barrel of defeat against El Sherbini as the Egyptian got off to a stunning start, racing into a two-game lead inside 20 minutes.

The 21-year-old – who the season before had become the first Egyptian to lift the sport’s oldest and most distinguished title – started strongly, driving powerfully and dominating the middle of the court as she quickly took a two-game lead.

However, Massaro, drawing on the energy of a passionate home crowd inside Hull’s Airco Arena, dug in resiliently and swung the momentum of the match on its head in the third to win 11-5 and change the fortunes of the game.

Just 11 months earlier, El Sherbini found herself in the same position as she went two-games down to Massaro in the World Championship final before mounting a phenomenal comeback to become World Champion for the first time in her career and this time represented Massaro’s chance to extract her revenge.

The Englishwoman continued to draw on the energy of a home crowd, who vocally backed the Lancastrian throughout, as she began to feather in some delicate drops into the front, bringing El Sherbini further up the court and, by taking advantage of the available space, was able to begin to dominate the match.

The 33-year-old then let her experience of competing at the highest-level show as she closed out the fourth and fifth game by an 11-3, 11-6 scoreline to confirm her place in the final where she would face fellow Englishwoman Sarah-Jane Perry in the first all-English British Open final since 1991.

In the final, Massaro prevailed to become the first Englishwoman since Janet Morgan in 1951 to lift the prestigious title on two occasions as she saw off Perry in four games.

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[5] Laura Massaro (ENG) bt [1] Nour El Sherbini (EGY) 3-2: 5-11, 7-11, 11-5, 11-3, 11-6 (63m)

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