England’s world No. 2 Laura Massaro is the first 2016 NetSuite Open finalist after a three-game victory over New Zealand’s Joelle King Thursday evening on the NetSuite Challenge Court in Justin Herman Plaza.
The thirty-two year old entered the match with an unbeaten record against the Kiwi in six matches–most recently this month in the China Open–and augmented her record to seven victories in seven matches.
After a close first game that saw Massaro fight off one match ball down 9-10, the English international recovered to take the first 12-10. Massaro pressed her advantage for the remainder of the match 11-5, 11-4 in thirty-three minutes.
“I was way down in that first one, and I think it just shows that if you’re not completely focused, then her skills are just too good, so it was about making sure that I was 100 per cent focused on the game plan that I set out before,” said Massaro.
“Being able to stick to a game plan is probably one of my biggest strengths and as long as I do that, I’m happy win or lose, so that’s my only focus when I’m on court.
“I’m loving my time in San Francisco, it’s an amazing event and a wonderful location to put a squash court.”
Massaro will face either defending champion Amanda Sobhy or world No. 3 Nicol David in the final as the three and two seed respectively prepare to contest the second women’s semifinal Friday night.
Saturday’s final marks just the second NetSuite Open women’s final in the tournament’s fifth year with doubled prize money of $50,000 from the inaugural women’s draw in 2015.