Kang, Hull keep lead in South Korea, Hen­der­son moves up

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Danielle Kang and Charley Hull shot 4-un­der 68s to re­tain the lead af­ter three rounds of the KEB Hana Bank Cham­pi­onship on Satur­day while Cana­dian Brooke Hen­der­son fired a 65 to make a move up the leader­board.

Ariya Ju­tanu­garn was one stroke off the lead at 11-un­der 205 af­ter a

69. Lo­cal favourite In Gee Chun shot a 66 and was two off the pace, tied for fourth with Min­jee Lee (67) and Ly­dia Ko (68) at 10 un­der.

Hen­der­son, from Smiths Falls, Ont., off­set a lone bo­gey with eight birdies that left her tied for 10th place at 5 un­der with four oth­ers, in­clud­ing Lexi Thomp­son (68).

No. 1-ranked Sung Hyun Park, who shared the overnight lead, carded a 71 that in­cluded three bo­geys and a dou­ble bo­gey.

Kang started with two early bo­geys but carded her sixth birdie of the day on the par-five 18th to fin­ish at 12-un­der 204 with Hull, who also birdied the fi­nal hole in a bo­gey-free round at the Sky 72 Ocean Course.

“I got off to a re­ally slow start,” Kang said. “My cad­die talked me through a lot of shots and kept me to­gether when I was get­ting an­noyed. I’m a leader­board watcher but he just kept telling me, ’You’re putting great,’ and that kept me in the game.”

Ariya got to 11 un­der at the turn, but bo­geyed the 10th and could birdie only 13th.

“I have a lot of things to work on,” she said. “I missed some shots and started to think about mak­ing birdies and catch­ing the leader and that’s not help­ing. I have to try not to think too far ahead.”

De­spite her er­ratic round, Park was only three shots off the pace, tied for sev­enth with Seon Woo Bae, who shot 67.

CORIC UP­SETS FED­ERER

Borna Coric up­set de­fend­ing cham­pion Roger Fed­erer to face No­vak Djokovic in the Shang­hai Mas­ters fi­nal on Sun­day.

Coric earned pas­sage to the fi­nal by tak­ing down the top-seeded Fed­erer 6-4, 6-4 in the semi­fi­nals on Satur­day. “It was one of the best matches of my life,” Coric said.

Coric said neck pain al­most caused him to skip play­ing in Shang­hai.

“To­day, re­ally, I just came on the court with ab­so­lutely no pres­sure. I ba­si­cally didn’t care, and that’s why I played so good.”

The Croa­t­ian gave him­self a third ca­reer shot at Djokovic. In their pre­vi­ous meet­ings, Coric failed to take a set off of Djokovic.

The soon-to-be-no. 2-ranked Djokovic booked a fi­nal ap­point­ment af­ter crush­ing No. 5 Alexan­der Zverev 6-2, 6-1

AUGER-ALIAS­SIME WINS

Canada’s Felix Auger-alias­sime de­feated Poland’s Kamil Ma­jchrzak 6-3, 6-2 on Satur­day to win the Tashkent Chal­lenger.

Auger-alias­sime needed 67 min­utes to com­plete the vic­tory for his sec­ond Chal­lenger ti­tle of the sea­son. The 18-year-old from Mon­treal earned $10,800 US of the $75,000 purse.

Auger-alias­sime, the world No. 128, won three qual­i­fy­ing matches to reach the tour­na­ment’s main draw be­fore reel­ing off five straight wins.

Ma­jchrzak, 22, holds the No. 178 po­si­tion in the world rank­ings.

BOUCHARD MOVES ON

Canada’s Eu­ge­nie Bouchard de­feated Ro­ma­nia’s Raluca

Ser­ban 6-1, 2-6, 6-1 in a first-round qual­i­fi­ca­tion draw match Satur­day at the Lux­em­bourg Open.

Bouchard, from West­mount, Que., will play Switzer­land’s Jill Te­ich­mann in the next round.

Main draw play be­gins Mon­day at the $250,000 US WTA Tour hard­court tour­na­ment. Bouchard, a former world No. 5, is cur­rently ranked 110th in the world.

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