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Happy New Year Laura Massaro – World No.1 on 1st Jan 2016

laura-massaro-at-david-lloyd-chorleyLaura Massaro will have more reason than most to enjoy the New Year as it will bring with it a major prize in squash as the 32-year-old from England, who won the British Open in 2013 and became world champion in 2014, will become world number one for the first time on 1st January 2016 (to see the full BBC article click here).

“Having already won a British Open and a World Championship, it was probably the last box to tick, so for me it is absolutely massive,” said Laura (who will be third female British No.1 and the first since Cassie Campion in 2004)

But just eight months ago her form was so poor she decided to take a break from squash for the first time, when losing in Chicago “I was just losing matches and didn’t know why. I’d been on tour 12 years without a break.”

It was hearing a similar story from a different sport that helped convince Laura that she should actually take a five-week break from squash. when “My husband, Danny, had seen a BBC Sport article with tennis player Petra Kvitova and said: ‘You need to read this – I did and thought it’s exactly how I feel. She had won Wimbledon just a couple of months after I had won the worlds and it was almost like we were on the same path.

“Danny and I went on holiday and I finally started to wake up not thinking about squash. The fog started to lift and I could see where I wanted to go in the future and that I had more to give to the sport. images

Laura returned to action at the British Open in May and quickly demonstrated the rejuvenating effect of her time off with a stunning semi-final victory from two games down against world champion Nicol David. “I made the final of the British Open… that reinforced it was the right decision at the time,” said Laura.

The benefits continue to shine through, with a recent 14-match unbeaten run that included titles at the Macau, Qatar and US Opens propelling her towards the top of the rankings.

‘My goal is to play the best level of squash ever played by a woman’

Laura will replace Egypt’s Raneem El Welily at the top of the rankings on 1 January,

“As number one, my level is obviously the best in the world at the moment and I just have to try and keep improving, so other people are looking at me as though that’s where we need to be and who we need to catch,” Laura said.

 

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