LAURA Massaro will be looking to reach her fourth US Open final in the last seven years when she plays Nour El Tayeb in Philadelphia tomorrow tonight.

The world number four from Chorley came from a game down to seal a 9-11, 11-6, 11-8, 11-7 victory over Hong Kong's Annie Au in yesterday's quarter final clash at Drexel University.

Now the 33-year-old will be hoping to emulate the feats of 2011 and 2015 and move a step closer to securing a hat-trick of titles.

After suffering an injury scare in her first round match, two-time champion Massaro has gone from strength-to-strength and was in control as she defeated Au over four games in 38 minutes.

Au went in to the match in confident mood having beaten eight-time world champion Nicol David for the first time in the previous round - but it was something of a masterclass from Massaro who has improved round on round over the week.

"The key was keeping my intensity and my body language up,” said the Hoghton-based star who was also US Open runner-up in 2013.

“Annie is a frustrating player to play against so you really have to stay positive and stick to your game plan.

"I just had to do what I do best, which is fight and scrap and try and get the ball back.

“I think I got it right for the majority of the match and I'm looking forward to the semi-finals."

Massaro, seeded fourth, now faces 10th seed El Tayeb who caused one of the shocks of the tournament when she defeated fellow Egyptian and world number one, Nour El Sherbini, in her quarter final clash.

But Massaro will be looking to maintain her fine US Open record against El Tayeb having beaten her in the second round in 2013 on her march to the final before beating her again in the 2015 final.

In the bottom half of the draw quarter finals - which are being played later today - Joelle King, who beat Massaro in the first round of the China Open last month, faces Alison Waters while second seed, Raneem El Welily, plays Nouran Gohar in an all-Egyptian clash.

The final takes place on Saturday night.