2016 NetSuite Open Fields Strong Latin American Participation
May 03, 2017 By Brad Burke no Comments
The 2016 NetSuite Open champions have been crowned as Laura Massaro won her first title in her tournament debut and Gregory Gaultier earned a third title Saturday night at Justin Herman Plaza, San Francisco.
The women’s trophy will have a new name engraved on it after world No. 2 Laura Massaro dethroned reigning champion Amanda Sobhy in a four-game final.
The English international entered the tournament as the top seed after the women’s prize money doubled from $25,000 to $50,000 in the draw’s second year.
Massaro began her maiden NetSuite Open final with a flying start, winning the first game 11-4 in six minutes. Sobhy, who just reached a career high ranking of world No. 6 today, responded by winning a grueling second game 11-9 to level the score.
Massaro regained control in the third winning 11-8, and pulled away from 7-7 in the fourth to earn the title 11-7 in forty-seven minutes.