Laura Massaro revealed to her fans how a special, if unconventional lunch, helped prepare her for the amazing 86-minute US Open semi final win against Malaysia’s Low Wee Wern. It obviously worked…wonder if she’ll try it again before tomorrow’s final against Nicol David.
I had an amazing burrito for lunch and saved up my energy for my match with US Open final with Low Wee Wern
I felt like I was clear on my plan having only played her last week in Brooklyn. I made a pretty good start winning the first game playing well. I was sharp in my movement and being proactive on the volley, taking the game 11-6.
The second I felt good to start but Wee Wern played well particularly at the end of the game. I lost the 2nd game 11-9. The third again I was the one being proactive. It’s tough to play when someone is retrieving a lot and not making errors. It gives you the feeling of playing a sponge (which I mean as a huge compliment). I did well to stay strong and take the third 11-6.
The fourth again I just didn’t stay up the court enough in the latter stages of the game. I did well at the start but that’s not enough. Wern played well and kept the rallies long and tight and sneaked the fourth game again 11-9. The fifth was close the whole way. Nothing to split us through the game really. I was one point ahead for most of the game and at 7-7 I reviewed a let decision and got it over turned for a stroke. That took me to 8-7 and I saw my chance. I pushed hard and attacked well. I went straight through to take the match 11-7 in a long, hard last rally.
Brilliant win for me to make another major final. Really tough semi against Wern and she made it hard for me to break her down. I’m really excited for tomorrow’s final against Nicol which is at 7pm (Midnight UK time). Its on ESPN 3 and Squash TV.
Read Laura’s full blog on http://www.lauramassaro.co.uk/blog-posts/us-open-qf-sf