Australia's Smith two ahead in chase for maiden LPGA win

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Sarah Jane Smith, seeking her first LPGA title after a decade on the circuit, put herself in position for a breakthrough win as she moved two strokes clear in the second round of the Lorena Ochoa Invitational in Mexico City on Friday.

The Australian birdied four of her first seven holes on the way to a four-under 68 at Club de Golf Mexico, her nine-under total of 135 putting her two ahead of Mexican Gaby Lopez (65), Colombia's Mariajo Uribe (67) and South Korean Hur Mi-jung (66).

Karine Icher of France and South Korea's Chella Choi were a further shot back at six-under after they both carded their second successive 69s in the limited-field event featuring 35 players.

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