Laura Massaro made squash history on Sunday as she became the first English woman since 1952 to win a second British Open crown.
The 33-year-old overcame England’s number two seed Sarah-Jane Perry 11-8 11-8 6-11 11-6 in the final at Hull’s Airco Arena, becoming the first English repeat champion in the competition since Janet Morgan over half a century ago.
The world number five, who was born in Great Yarmouth but later attended Albany High School in Chorley, first won the title in 2013 by beating Malaysian Nicol David – also by three games to one.
She beat Mayar Hany in the second round before upsetting the odds to defeat world number three Raneem El Welily in the quarter-final as well as defending champion Nour El Sherbini in the last four.
The 2013 World Open champion exited last year’s contest at the quarter-final stage to Camille Serme and had also finished as runner-up in 2014 and 2015, losing to David and Serme respectively.
There have been three other English winners since Morgan’s last win in 1959 but none were able to record a second victory in the competition amid years of dominance by participants from Australia and New Zealand.
The victory makes Massaro just the 16th woman to win the tournament for a second time and puts her among a group of just seven other English women to achieve that feat.
Massaro’s attentions will now turn to the PSA World Championship in Egypt next month, beginning on 7 April.