2014 started well with another final, this time in the Tournament of Champions in the iconic location of Grand Central Terminal in New York. From there, straight to Cleveland, where a quarter-final loss to Annie Au ended Laura’s trip to the States earlier than she would have liked. She then flew home to prepare for the Nationals, losing to Madeline Perry in the semi-final. Laura spent some time re-grouping after that loss, getting her focus back on to what she wanted to achieve. After a short break, Laura then travelled to Chicago renewed and ready to play. The event went well and she got her revenge on Annie, also beating Camille and Raneem to win the event. Great preparation going into the World Open in Penang. The event in Penang was a massive success and after saving four match balls in the quarter-final, Laura went on to win the event beating Nour El Sherbini in the final to become the first Englishwoman, since Cassie Jackman in 1999, to win the title and become World Champion. A massive achievement! 2014 continued with success when, after a summer of preparation, Laura achieved two silver medals in Glasgow at the Commonwealth Games. Her silver medals came in the women’s singles event and the women’s doubles. The Games in Glasgow were a huge success for squash and on finals day the TV audience peaked at 1 million viewers!