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Tseng takes one-stroke lead at Canadian Women's Open

TAIPEI--Yani Tseng of Taiwan showed further signs in Vancouver Thursday that she is rebounding from a midseason slump, carding a 6-under 66 to claim a 1-stroke lead after the first round of the US$2 million Canadian Women's Open.

It was the first time the world No. 1 has led or co-led at the end of a round since she shared the third-round lead with Karin Sjodin of Sweden at the Kraft Nabisco Championship in March.

Tseng missed the cut in three of the four tournaments she played before finishing 11th at the Safeway Classic last week, and her eight birdies Thursday, including five in the last six holes she played after a double bogey to start her final nine, reflected a resurgence in confidence.

"It's very important for me," Tseng said after the round. "I mean, this week if I missed a couple of shots I don't worry about it, not like before. I feel like this is the way I used to play.

"If I make bogey, I try to make birdie the next hole."

There were still warts in Tseng's game. She had the double bogey on the 10th hole she played, and her driving accuracy (60 percent) and greens in regulation (72 percent) were not especially impressive.

But she putted well, needing only 24 putts to navigate her way around the course.

Thursday's round was Tseng's second-best this year. She shot a 7-under 65 in the first round of the RR Donnelley LPGA Founders Cup tournament March 15.

Tseng, who complained earlier in the year that she had trouble controlling her shots, said she was much more under control Thursday and hoped to sustain the momentum.

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