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Which sports star does Massaro admire most away from squash? Who would she like to play her in a movie?

The 33-year-old reveals this and more in our video above.

Ahead of her PSA World Series Finals title defence this week, Massaro will have the tough task of facing eight-time World Open champion Nicol David, world No2 Nour El Sherbini and compatriot Sarah-Jane Perry in the best of three games format.

Don’t miss our other Rapid Fire Round with world No1 Karim Abdul Gawad!



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Massaro excited to defend PSA World Series Finals Dubai title

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Laura Massaro.

Defending champion Laura Massaro is relishing the prospect of stepping out under the purple lights at Dubai Opera for the PSA World Series Finals this week.

The 33-year-old, ranked number three in the world, has enjoyed a mixed campaign but earned qualification to the showpiece event after some stunning displays in the British Open and Tournament of the Champions.

In an interview with Sport360.com, Massaro said: "It’s a privilege to be back, to win the title last year was a funny situation, because you’re not guaranteed to be able to play the event to defend it.

"You have to earn your right throughout the season, so it’s exciting I was able to do that. It was looking a bit shaky before Christmas, but I managed to pull some good form together at the beginning of this year and seal my place."
The new 2,000-seat, multi-format venue at Burj Park will form the centerpiece for the season-ending competition this week.



Commenting on the new venue, Massaro added: "Coming in for the first time is amazing, to walk out on to the stage, to see the seating the way it is. When we were told we’d be at the Opera House, I can’t believe it’s been a year. Another iconic location."

Two round robin groups of four will contest the $160,000 Finals and Massaro will have the tough task of facing eight-time World Open champion Nicol David, world No2 Nour El Sherbini and compatriot Sarah-Jane Perry in the best of three games format.


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Karim Abdel Gawad.

Egyptian World No1 Karim Abdel Gawad says he is relishing the chance to compete in the PSA Dubai World Series Finals for the first time in his career when he will hope to cap a dream year with victory at the season-ending event taking place at Dubai Opera, starting June 6.

The 25-year-old finished top of the PSA Road to Dubai Standings after claiming maximum points at the Qatar Classic and Tournament of Champions during a season that also saw him win the PSA Men’s World Championship last November. And after reaching World No1 for the first time in his career in May 2017, he’ll be aiming to secure a remarkable hat-trick next month.

“To be World No1 and World Champion at the same time is a dream come true,” said Gawad.

“I honestly didn’t expect it. This season has been great but I still have a lot of dreams of course.

“It will be my first time at the World Series Finals so it will be a new experience. I was really close to qualifying last year so I’m really excited to be going there this time and to be playing in such an amazing venue.

“It’s going to be very tough but there’s no pressure on me. I want to go there and enjoy the experience and just try to play my best and see what happens.

“If you put too much pressure on yourself I think you will not perform at 100 per cent.”

This year’s World Series Finals is set to be one of the most competitive ever with the top eight qualifiers on the Men’s and Women’s Road to Dubai Standings battling it out for the $160,000 prize fund.

The tournament features a unique best-of-three games format throughout the group stages as players battle it out for a place in the knock-out semi-finals and beyond and Gawad admitted the change in set-up will provide a challenge for him.

“The best-of-three format isn’t great for me because I’m a slow starter,” he said. “I need to work hard to start faster and stronger and will have to adapt my training over the next few weeks.

“In best-of-three you can’t risk losing the first game – I will try a few things to change my approach and get off to a stronger start but the main aim for me is just to enjoy my first World Series Finals.”

The PSA Dubai World Series Finals takes place from June 6-10, 2017 with the tournament match schedule to be announced on Monday, June 5.

Tickets for the event can be purchased at www.dubaiopera.com.

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