Squash: Laura Massaro opens world title defence with win

England's Laura Massaro beat Egypt's Mariam Metwally
Massaro started the defence of her world title with a win
Women's World Squash Championship 2014
Venue: Degla Club, Cairo Dates: 15-20 December

Reigning champion Laura Massaro was one of five English players to make it through the first round of the Women's World Squash Championship in Cairo.

Massaro beat Egypt's Mariam Metwally 11-3 13-11 8-11 11-7, while Alison Waters, Sarah-Jane Perry, Emma Beddoes and Emily Whitlock also progressed.

Malaysian top seed Nicol David beat Yathreb Adel of Egypt 11-9 11-6 11-3.

Ireland's Madeline Perry, the 12th seed, and Welsh qualifier Tesni Evans both lost in the opening round.

Qualifier Whitlock saw off compatriot and 13th seed Jenny Duncalf 11-8 11-5 11-5, while another English player, Sarah Kippax, went down to 11-8 6-11 11-9 14-12 to Omneya Abdel Kawy of Egypt.

Perry suffered a four-game defeat by India's Joshana Chinappa, a doubles gold medallist at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, and Evans was beaten 11-4 5-11 11-6 11-6 by Australian 11th seed Rachel Grinham.

Massaro, defending the title she won at the delayed 2013 world championship in March of this year, needed 50 minutes to beat qualifier Metwally, and will play Hong Kong's ninth seed Annie Au in the last 16 on Wednesday.

Nour El Sherbini, last year's runner-up and fourth seed, suffered a surprise 11-6 12-10 4-11 13-11 defeat by fellow Egyptian Nouran Gohar.

Women's World Championship top seeds
1. Nicol David (Malaysia)6. Camille Serme (France)
2. Laura Massaro (England)7. Low Wee Wern (Malaysia)
3. Raneem El Welily (Egypt)8. Nour El Tayeb (Egypt)
4. Nour El Sherbini (Egypt)9. Annie Au (Hong Kong)
5. Alison Waters (England)10. Omneya Abdel Kawy (Egypt)

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