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