LAURA Massaro says she has learnt to not get too high with the highs or too low with the lows after coming through one of the longest droughts of her career.

The 35-year-old from Chorley ended an 18-month wait for a PSA title after winning the Monte Carlo Classic earlier this month - and said it was more happiness rather than relieve to finally got her hands on silverware.

Last season was the first in 12 years Massaro had not won a title and also the first time since 2001/02 that she failed to reach a major final.

But after after beating Tesni Evans in the final - having lost her last three matches against the Welsh number one - Massaro was delighted to end that sequence of events in one go.

"It was great to win a tournament for the first time in quite a while," said Massaro who lifted the Monte Carlo Classic for the third time. "It was a pretty long spell without winning an event or even getting to final. And to beat Tesni after she had beaten me in our last three meetings meant I managed to end those record all at the same time.

"But it was more happiness rather than relief to win again."

Despite a disappointing run of results, which included a shock second round exit to qualifier Yathreb Adel at the Hong Kong Open last month, Massaro has not let it get her down.

"You go in to every tournament looking to win so when you don't win or don't reach finals it isn't great," said the former World champion. "But I don't let it get me down. In the same instance, I am not going to get carried away just because I have won a tournament for the first time in a while."

Massaro said she did not feel under any added pressure to win once she had reached the final in Monte Carlo.

"My thought process was that even if I lose, I had reach a final, something I had not done in a while. So for me the pressure was off."

LAURA Massaro’s long wait for a squash title is finally over after winning the Monte Carlo Classic for a third time.

The 35-year-old beat Welsh number one Tesni Evans 3-2 in a gruelling final that lasted 68 minutes.

The Chorley ace, who was top seed, won the opening game 11-9 before Evans hit back to level, taking the second 13-11.

Massaro regained the lead to go 2-1 up, winning the third 11-9, only for Evans to force a decider after winning the fourth game 11-7.

But Massaro proved to be too strong for Evans in the fifth, winning 11-3 to seal the title.

It was Massaro’s first success since winning the PSA World Series final in Dubai in June 2017.

Last season was the first time Massaro failed to reach a final since the 2001/02 campaign.

The Hoghton-based star has also seen her six-year run as British number one end after Sarah-Jane Perry jumped above her in the latest world rankings.

But Massaro took to social media to highlight her joy.

“First title in quite a while. Great way to end the year for me,” she tweeted.

Massaro reached the final by beating Menna Hamed in the second round before being pushed all the way by Samantha Cornett in the quarter finals, coming from behind to win 3-2.

In the semi finals, she beat fifth seed Mayar Hany 3-1