World Ladies Championship lead shared by trio

England's Sophie Walker, France's Gwladys Nocera and Sweden's Linda Wessberg lead the way after the opening round of the World Ladies Championship in Hainan.

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The trio carded five-under-par 67s on the Sandbelt Course, giving them a one-shot advantage over the chasing pack.

Five players make up that group, with world number four Inbee Park one of them.

England's Holly Aitchison is one of six players a further shot back, although Scottish amateur Eilidh Briggs had a day to forget as she signed for a nine-over 81.

"I think in rounds like today [Thursday], you have to limit your mistakes and try not to have any three-putts and take your chances," joint-leader Walker told the tournament's official website.

"Today's [Thursday] round was pretty impressive. If I can do that again then I'm sure I'll be close but I'll take every round as it comes and try and eliminate the mistakes."

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