RESULTS: Women's Allam British Open, Hull, England
 Nicol David (MAS) bt  Laura Massaro (ENG)
8-11, 11-5, 11-7, 11-8 (64m)
Nicol David Reclaims British Open Crown
World number one Nicol David avenged her title loss last
year by beating England's defending champion Laura Massaro
in today's final of the Women's Allam British Open Squash
Championship to win the historic Women's Squash
Association (WSA) World Series Platinum title at the
Sports Arena in Hull for the fifth time since 2005.
World No2 Massaro took a tight first game 11-8 before the
Malaysian stormed back to take the next three games 11-5, 11-7,
11-8 in 64 minutes to win the 74th WSA World Tour title
of her career.
"To win the British Open means the world," the delighted
30-year-old from Penang told the crowd: "Laura played a great
match today and I really had to dig deep to win this title back.
"I was playing for my life out there. It felt great to come out
on the winning end knowing that all the hard work that you put
in does pay off.
"Dr Allam has brought the prestige back to the British Open and
it's been fantastic. Raising the prize money for the women has
been tremendous for the tour. We need more people like Dr Allam
involved in the sport," concluded David.
The Malaysian's coach Liz Irving, a former world No2 from
Australia, summed up the significance of the win to her Twitter
followers later: "I am so humbled by the integrity of Nicol. Her
drive, her work ethic. She worked hard for this title! A real
Despite the loss, Massaro remained upbeat: "I can honestly say I
gave it my all today, so overall I'm pretty pleased. I knew
today would bring out Nicol's best level, I hoped it would. You
want to play players at the top of her game and my main goal was
to play my best.
"I wanted to come off today knowing where I stand, whether I
deserve to be anywhere near her in the rankings or not,"
continued the 30-year-old from Preston. "I'm not far away at
all, we were both at our best.
"I gave it everything that I had so I can't be too disappointed
with the result. Even though I've lost it will give me a lot of
confidence going into the next tournament.
"It's a goal to be number one in the world, but she's a
brilliant player. I'm going to have a little break next week as
it's my only chance before the Commonwealth Games. I've got a
lot of doubles practise coming up and I'm really looking forward
to the Games," conclude the England No1.