Massaro Withdraws From Cleveland Classic, Draw
by Nathan Clarke

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February 13, 2017 - England’s World No.5 Laura Massaro has withdrawn from the 2017 Cleveland Classic due to an elbow injury.

The former World No.1 was seeded to meet World No.2 Camille Serme in the final in what would have been a repeat of last month's J.P. Morgan Tournament of Champions title-decider but suffered the injury en route to winning a fourth British National title at the weekend.

Compatriot and World No.10 Alison Waters has moved up to replace Massaro as the No.2 seed for the tournament with Welshwoman Tesni Evans taking the last seeded spot.

American Olivia Blatchford moves into the main draw and the World No.26 will no doubt be looking to take advantage of the home crowd and cause an upset as she takes on Waters.

The revised main draw is as follow is:

First Round Draw - Cleveland Classic 2017
[1] Camille Serme (FRA) v [Qualifier]
[Qualifier] v [8] Tesni Evans (WAL)
[7] Victoria Lust (ENG) v Liu Tsz-Ling (HKG)
Mariam Metwally (EGY) v [3] Sarah-Jane Perry (ENG)
[4] Joshna Chinappa (IND) v [Qualifier]
Line Hansen (DEN) v [5] Emily Whitlock (ENG)
[6] Nour El Tayeb (EGY) v [Qualifier]
Olivia Blatchford (USA) v [2] Alison Waters (ENG)