Oh, the carnage! After two rounds of the HSBC Women’s World Match Play Championship, the highest seeded player remaining is #10 Mi Hyun Kim. #12 Ai Miyazato, #14 Jeong Jang and #15 Jee Young Lee are the next highest seeds who advanced to Saturday.
#1 Lorena Ochoa fell to Meaghan Francella 1-up. #3 Annika Sorenstam lost to Lindsay Wright (as I predicted – yay!) 3&2. #5 Se Ri Pak managed to win only one hole all day as she lost to Christina Kim 4&2. #7 Suzann Pettersen dropped 18 to lose to Rachel Hetherington 1-up. #8 Paula Creamer did the same, losing to Maria Hjorth 1-up. My bracket is completely busted now, not to mention my three-tournament winning streak is over. Peanut can salvage some pride for me if she gets to the final, while Jelly and Angela Stanford can help me by winning Saturday morning. The only good news – anybody who did a bracket has to hurting really bad now, too. The terrible Friday tally: five correct (Stanford, Diaz, JY Lee, MH Kim, Wright), eleven incorrect. Overall record: 25-23. Yuk.
Round three will be in the morning, and the winners face off in the quarter-finals in the afternoon. Here are the morning matches (with my sparse remaining picks in bold):
Francella vs Hurst
Hjorth vs Stanford
Hung vs Koch
Christina Kim vs Miyazato
Diaz vs Jee Young Lee
Hetherington vs Mi Hyun Kim
Wright vs Jang
Davies vs Seon Hwa Lee
Silver lining thought – I did predict Lindsay Wright, Laura Diaz and Angela Stanford would all make it to Saturday. Please allow me such small consolation.
With the field all shot to hell, who are the favorites now? In the top half of the bracket, I'd have to say Miyazato or Stanford has the best chance to reach the final. In the bottom half, Peanut and Jelly (Butter isn't here) are probably the two best but they would face off in the quarters. If pressed for an answer, I would stick with Peanut to reach the final but Jeong Jang could spoil that plan.