Daryl Selby & Laura Massaro Crowned British Champions

After being dominated by the his world’s leading player in the opening game of the men's final, Selby the third seeded outsider fought back to thwart the reigning champions bid to win a record-equalling fourth domestic title.
 
Selby, the World No.10 first draw level as Matthew dropped his first game of the tournament and eventually extended the evenly-contested match into a fifth game decider to the amazement of the capacity crowd who had expected a win for the Commonwealth Games and World Open champion.
 
Both players had leads in the decider, but an uncharacteristic series of errors by Matthew saw Selby pull away from 6-7 down to win 7-11 11-9 6-11 11-9 11-7, with the defending champion calling his final ball down and shaking Selby's hand.
 
"I feel I played really well – but I had to play really well against the World No.1," said the 28-year-old Selby. "I knew I had a chance. I feel I raised my game to his level.
 
"In fact I feel I played a phenomenal match. I'm 10 in the world, and results like this show that I can go higher. Hopefully this can be a catalyst to move on.
 
"Is it the best win of my career? I should say so, when you look at the names on this trophy – Nick Matthew, James Willstrop, Peter Nicol, Jonah Barrington..... it's an amazing list of names. And there's Del Harris, the last Essex man to win the title (in 1989)," Selby continued.
 
"I feel I deserved to win – I matched him physically and turned the pressure back on him," concluded the new men's champion.
 
A downcast Matthew acknowledged that his opponent had been the better player: "He didn't give me anything – it was almost error-free squash. I had my chances – but when he came back he took his chances better than I did.  He played better than me.
 
"I wanted so much to win a fourth title."
 
Earlier third seed Laura Massaro celebrated the biggest success of her career when she upset World No.2 and tournament favourite Jenny Duncalf.
 
Laura Massaro arrived in Manchester fresh from international success in the USA where she upset three higher-ranked players, including the 14-month-unbeaten World No.1 Nicol David, to win the Women's Cleveland WISPA Classic to claim the biggest World Tour title of her career.
 
Seeded three in the British championships, Massaro reached the final after battling to victory over second-seeded Irish opponent Madeline Perry. But after taking the opening game in the final, the World No.9 slipped behind as England team-mate Duncalf who began to dominate with error free and enterprising squash.
 
Despite going into the match 3-11 down on their career head-to-head tally, Massaro who also beat Duncalf in Cleveland picked up her game to draw level, before completely dominating the decider to come through 11-7 9-11 7-11 11-7 11-2 after 62 minutes.
 
"It sounds pretty good, doesn't it – British National champion," said the jubilant 27-year-old after her first-time success in her second final since 2008.
 
"I just kept thinking in that last game 'keep calm, keep calm, and keep volleying'," added Massaro, who then paid tribute to her coach and former national champion Phil Whitlock.
 
"Jenny played so well in that third game – and the fourth was quite tight. But I just got on top of it in the fifth, and that made all the difference.
 
"What an amazing couple of week it's been," said the new champion as she signed autographs for youngsters in the packed National Squash Centre arena.
 
When asked to explain the difference in her approach to the event this year, Massaro said: "It's having more belief in myself and my game. And my fitness has also definitely improved. 
 
"It's knowing that I can do it after what I achieved last week in Cleveland.
 
"It feels really good to have won it at last. My England team-mates Jenny and Alison (Waters) have both done it – and I wanted to be a member of that club."
 
British National Squash Championships, National Squash Centre, Manchester
Men's Final:
[3] Daryl Selby (ENG) bt [1] Nick Matthew (ENG) 7-11, 11-9, 6-11, 11-9, 11-7
 
Women's Final:
[3] Laura Massaro (ENG) bt [1] Jenny Duncalf (ENG) 11-7, 9-11, 7-11, 11-7, 11-2
 
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Daryl Selby and Laura Massaro were crowned British National Champions following five-game victories in their respective finals staged at the National Squash Centre in Manchester, England – Selby winning his maiden men’s title after beating World No.1 Nick Matthew in a 84-minute marathon and Massaro coming from behind to defeat top seed Jenny Duncalf in an equally closely contested women’s final.