WSA WORLD TOUR NEWS
Nicol David Celebrates Historic US Open
19 October 2013
RESULTS: Women's Delaware Investments
US Open, Philadelphia, USA
 Nicol David (MAS) bt  Laura Massaro (ENG)
13-11, 11-13, 7-11, 11-8, 11-5 (84m)
In her longest title triumph since the
introduction of PAR (point-a-rally) scoring, favourite Nicol
David overcame second seed Laura Massaro in the final
of the Women's Delaware Investments U.S. Open Squash
Championship at Drexel University in Philadelphia
to become the first player in the event's history to retain the
The match, the first US Open final to go
the full distance in ten years, saw Malaysia's world number one
(pictured above, left, with Massaro) fight back from 2/1
down to defeat England's world number two Massaro 13-11, 11-13,
7-11, 11-8, 11-5 in 84 minutes.
It was an appropriate climax to the
Women's Squash Association World Series Platinum event,
which - for the first time ever - was providing equal prize
money to the men's event.
For five games the pair traded blows,
testing each other out with long, patient, well-crafted rallies
- with unforced errors few and far between.
Barely a point separated the finalists in
the first two games: Massaro reached game ball first in the
opener, but David took it 13-11. From nine-all in the second, it
was the Malaysian who had the first chance to get the game - but
Massaro drew level after a second tie-break game.
Massaro held onto a slender lead through
the third to take the lead 11-7, but was unable to capitalise on
a 7-4 lead in the fourth as David took five points in a row to
force the decider.
From two-all in the fifth, David moved
ahead to 7-3 after some rare errors from her opponent. A winning
boast for 10-5, then a ball driven into the deep that Massaro
was unable to retrieve saw David leap into the air in delight.
"It feels fantastic, it means a lot to win
that match and to win another US Open title," said David.
"It's been such a journey this year; I
knew Laura was playing well and I would have to dig deep. When I
was down in the fourth, she maybe stepped off it a little, I
just knew I had to keep going and going to the last point."
David held an 18-5 career head-to-head
lead over Massaro going into the final - but had lost their two
most recent encounters. The victory marks the 30-year-old from
Penang's third WSA Tour title in a row, and the 69th of her
"Liz helped me such a lot, she gave me the
confidence to go in there, to know I could do it, and she and
the team in Amsterdam have been doing that for the last ten and
a half years," added David, in praise of her coach Liz Irving.
"This is such a fantastic event - all
credit to US Squash, the sponsors and the venue. Making the
prize money equal is putting the women's game where it deserves
to be and we all look forward to coming back for the next ten