Reigning US Women’s Open champion So Yeon Ryu of South Korea was ousted 2-up by American Vicky Hurst on Saturday in a quarter-final at the LPGA Sybase Match-Play Championship.
World No. 13 Ryu, an LPGA rookie seeking her first triumph since her major victory last year, lost after a third round that saw World No. 1 Yani Tseng of Taiwan and World No. 2 Na Yeon Choi of South Korea eliminated.
Sunday’s semi-finals for the $1.5 million event send Hunt, ranked 37th, against Taiwan’s Candie Kung and American Morgan Pressel facing Spain’s Azahara Munoz. Winners play Sunday afternoon for the title at Hamilton Farm Golf Club.
Kung, the lowest-ranked of the last four at 49th, ousted Tseng 3 and 2 to reach the last eight then outlasted Paraguay’s 41st-ranked Julieta Granada 2 and 1 to stay in contention for her first title since 2008.
Tseng’s ouster was the top upset early, but no shock to her after a tough week.
“I wasn’t surprised. I lost because I played bad this week,” Tseng said. “But it’s disappointing. I like match play but I just couldn’t get it in the hole.”
Kung went 3-up after seven holes, Tseng won back-to-back holes before Kung began the back nine with a birdie to win the 10th. Tseng won the 13th with a par to pull within 1-down, but Kung birdied 15 and 16 to close out the match.
Granada edged France’s 40th-ranked Karine Icher 1-up while Nordqvist beat South Korea’s 10th-ranked Amy Yang 3 and 1, Ryu defeated Australian Katherine Hull 5 and 4 and Lewis advanced 2-up over South Korea’s Sun Young Yoo.
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