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Mar 29

Imagine an all-English Wimbledon final. That just happened in squash

Laura Massaro met Sarah-Jane Perry in the final of the British Open this weekend. It’s just a shame very few people heard about it

By James Willstrop for Willstrop’s World, part of the Guardian Sport Network

You could have easily missed it but Laura Massaro won Wimbledon on Sunday. “Wimbledon” is often how we within squash tend to tagline the British Open Squash Championships. It’s a bit deferential but is the easiest way to explain the significance of the competition to people outside the sport. Not only did she win the Wimbledon of squash, but she beat another English player, Sarah-Jane Perry, in the final.

I’ll go further. Not only did two English women play in the British Open final for the first time in 26 years, but Nick Matthew reached the final of the men’s event, meaning three of the four finalists on Sunday were English. That is the equivalent of Laura Robson and Heather Watson playing the women’s final at Wimbledon and Dan Evans losing in the men’s final in the same year.

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