A pair of HEAD players have been crowned British National Squash Champions, with national No. 3 Daryl Selby and Laura Massaro taking the top honours for 2011. Selby wielded his Argon 155CT in a victory over the sport's top-ranked player Nick Matthew, winning a tense five-setter 9/11, 11/9, 6/11, 11/9, 11/7. Massaro won an all-HEAD battle with stablemate Jenny Duncalf - both competitors played with the Xenon 135CT- earning her first national title 11/7, 9/11, 11/7, 7/11, 2/11.
Selby's surprise performance was especially rewarding as he dethroned the top seed, defending champion, world champion and world No. 1 by beating Matthew. "It's obviously my biggest title and my biggest honour," said Selby. And Matthew told: "He didn't give me anything - it was almost error-free squash. I had my chances, but when he came back he took his chances better than I did. He played better than me. I wanted so much to win that fourth title."
Selby had to battle back from deficits in his final, but managed to end with the victory. "Nick's intensity overpowered me in the first set, but in the second I felt better and started finding a good width and length, and I started attacking more," said the winner. "I had a plan, but he didn't let me execute it early on, he didn't let me do anything. After that the plan came into action and I was playing some of the best squash I've ever played."
Massaro finally achieved the top rung on the ladder after reaching multiple semi-finals and a final during her career. "I have more belief in myself and my game. My fitness has also definitely improved. Believe it or not, I was quite nervous towards the end of the match – thinking about what I had said before the event about wanting my name on that trophy, and that I would be the first Lancashire player to win it! It feels really good to have won it at last."