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Hyo-Joo Kim advances in US Women's Amateur

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CLEVELAND (AP) - Qualifying medalist Hyo-Joo Kim advanced to the second round of match play in the U.S. Women's Amateur on Wednesday, routing 14-year-old Megan Khang of Rockland, Mass., 7 and 6.

The 17-year-old Kim, from South Korea, will face University of Florida player Isabelle Lendl on Thursday at The Country Club. Lendl, the daughter of former tennis star Ivan Lendl, beat Australia's Whitney Hillier 2 and 1.

"My putter was working well today," Kim said through her caddie, Euna Pak. "I'm happy with how I played today. With a match coming up tomorrow, I'll try to get some rest."

In the lower-bracket, 15-year-old Lydia Ko of New Zealand, second in stroke-play qualifying, topped Amy Beth Simanton of Lake Oswego, Ore., 4 and 3.

"My long game was fine and my putting felt good," Ko said. "Although I misread a few putts, my stroke was good. In fact, everything was good."

Ko will face 20-year-old North Dakota State player Amy Anderson, the 2009 U.S. Girls' Junior champion and a member of the 2012 U.S. Curtis Cup team. Anderson beat Thailand's Moriya Jutanugarn 1-up.

"It was a tough match," Anderson said. "She's obviously a very talented player. Coming in, I honestly felt like the underdog. I knew I would have to play my best to beat her."

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