Date: March 12, 2010

Italian Sergas surges into Open lead

Round Three Draw Round Two Results Italian Giulia Sergas fired a bogey-free 4-under par 69 to take a three shot lead after the second round at the Handa Women’s Australian Open at Commonwealth Golf Club. Sergas, who finished in a tie for 11th at the 2009 Women’s British Open, birdied the par 5 10th hole to open her round at 1-under par and remained steady over the next 8 holes to make the turn at 1-under. Birdies on the second, fourth and par 3 seventh hole moved Sergas to 7-under par and into the outright lead. I was really awake. I was on top of it. You don&apost need to hit a great shot and just bomb it on the fairway here. You have to place the ball, Sergas said. The 30 year old said respect for the course played a big part in her game. I try to establish a relationship with the golf course. We try to talk to each other. If you listen well and you don&apost get caught up in your emotion, then the golf course really talks to you. On a difficult golf course like this one, you will have to pay attention to what it is saying at that moment. I love that. It keeps me in the game much more. Koreans He-Yong Choi and Soo-Jin Yang are tied for second place at 4-under par. Choi matched the Italian s round of 69 after an opening round at even par. Yang, who fired a 3-under par 70 in the opening round, finished with a 72 today. World Number 8 Karrie Webb completed a 3-under par round of 70 to move into a share of fourth place with Rebecca Flood and Austrian Stefanie Michl. I gave myself a lot of chances today and hit a lot of good putts. Late in the afternoon the greens get a little bumpy. I threw one away there on 13 which is very disappointing. But it&aposs Friday. If it happened on Sunday you would be kicking yourself, Webb said. Overnight leader Laura Davies made a solid start to her round before bogeys at the seventh and eighth holes pulled her back into the main group. A bogey on the par 4 12th hole moved her back to 2-under and the defending champion carded a 3-over par 76 to be tied for seventh with Queensland s Katherine Hull and Victorian amateur Alison Whitaker. World Number 6 Yani Tseng moved into a share of 10th place with Australia s Lindsey Wright and World Number 7 Anna Nordqvist as the Swede bounced back from an opening round 75 to shoot a 3-under par 70. World Number 1 amateur Alexis Thompson finished her second round in a tie for 14th at even par.