Chen eliminates Diaz-Yi at Women's Am
Charleston, SC (Sports Network) - Doris Chen defeated Lauren Diaz-Yi, 4 & 3, on Friday to reach the semifinals of the U.S. Women's Amateur Championship.
It was a measure of revenge for Chen, who lost to Diaz-Yi, 10 & 9, in the U.S. Women's Amateur Public Links final in June. With Friday's win, Chen advanced to face Yueer Cindy Feng, who downed Annie Park, 6 & 4, in the quarterfinals.
Saturday's other semifinal match will pit Alison Lee against Emma Talley. The former defeated Katelyn Sepmoree, 4 & 3, while the latter needed 19 holes to dispatch Su-Hyun Oh, 1-up.
Chen stumbled to a bogey at the first to fall one down, but she righted herself in proper fashion.
"I hit a great shot, but I was just a little bit careless about the yardage," she said of her opening hole.
From there, Chen squared the match at the next and went 1-up with a birdie at the third.
After Diaz-Yi squared it at the fifth, Chen highlighted the match with three straight wins from Nos. 7 - 9, beginning with a birdie at the seventh. She was 3-up after that run, and gained another shot at the 14th before matching Diaz-Yi's par at the 15th for the 4 & 3 win.
"I did pretty well," said Chen. "I just changed my practice approach a bit. I'm happy it worked out."
08/09 22:33:52 ET