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May 3, 2017
by Brad Burke

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.