Valenzuela downs top-seeded Vu

Albane Valenzuela of Switzerland hits a tee shot on the ninth hole on day two of the Bank of Hope LPGA Match-Play presented by MGM Rewards at Shadow Creek Golf Course on Thursday in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo: AFP)

Switzerland’s Albane Valenzuela defeated top-seeded American Lilia Vu 2 up on Thursday as the fight for round-of-16 berths heated up at the LPGA Match-Play in Las Vegas, Nevada.

The second day of round-robin play saw 16 players in the field of 64 mathematically eliminated with one more round of group matches to come on Friday.

They included China’s Lin Xiyu, the highest-ranked player in her group, who suffered a second straight defeat with her 3&2 loss to Thailand’s Pajaree Anannarukarn.

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