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Johnson keeps pace with leaders

England's Trish Johnson was in contention as Suzann Pettersen led the World Ladies Championship following the first round in Haikou.

Reigning champion Pettersen was again the player to beat at the Mission Hills resort's Blackstone course, carding a six-under-par 67.

The Norwegian eagled the par-five second and had a good chance for another at the sixth, missing from four feet as she had to settle for one of five birdies.

Minjee Lee, the 17-year-old Australian amateur, shared second place with Chung Ye-na, whose South Korean compatriot Inbee Park was a shot further back.

The world number one, who made an eagle, three birdies and a bogey, was joined by Johnson and French pair Gwladys Nocera and Valentine Derrey.

Johnson birdied the first two holes and picked up further shots at the seventh and 12th in a blemish-free round of 69.

Compatriot Eleanor Givens was one of four players sharing 10th place on two under.