Laura Massaro’s bid for a first Commonwealth Games title to add to her collection was today dashed by world no.1 Nicol David, who retained her women’s singles crown in Glasgow.
The 30-year-old Lancastrian’s first Commonwealth medal was silver as the Malaysian fought back from trailing 8-4 in the first game to win 12-10, 11-2, 11-5.
The top seed never looked back after winning a 17-minute opening game she should have lost, as Massaro made virtually all the running and had a game ball at 10-9.
The second game flashed by in just seven minutes as David moved up a gear and unveiled her full armoury of shots.
The world champion initially mounted sterner resistance in a 14-minute third game, but David surged ahead from 3-3 to 8-3 helped by a stroke at 5-3 when she caught the second seed in the face on her back swing.
After a brief delay while she recovered from the blow, Massaro got back to 8-5, only for the favourite to march clear and clinch the gold medal on her first match-ball.
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