Laura Massaro became the first player to successfully defend the women’s title for eight years when she beat Londoner Alison Waters 11-2, 11-9, 8-11, 11-4. Waters, a former world No3, and Winner of the National Title in 2008 and 2010 was making a comeback after Achilles surgery and was returning to competitive action for the first time since the 2010 Commonwealth Games. In front of a sell out crowd, Massaro took the opening two games and led 7-4 in the third, but Waters doggedly fought back to take the match into the fourth.
The 28-year-old from Preston took control in the fourth to close out the match after 53 minutes to stake her claim as the 2012 British National Women’s Squash Champion.
“The national title is huge for all British players – there are some big names on that trophy. To be able to win it last year was special, so to do it again is fantastic” said the exuberant Massaro after her second successive title.