Shin ‘returns as final queen’…US Women’s Open runner-up
Women’s golfer Ji-Ae Shin rallied from behind to finish runner-up on the final day of the U.S. Women’s Open.
In the women’s singles round of 16 at the Wimbledon tennis tournament, the Ukrainian defeated a player from warring nation Belarus.
Shin Ji-ae raises her fist after her birdie on the 18th hole.
Playing in the U.S. Women’s Open for the first time in four years, 35-year-old veteran Shin Ji-Ae looked every bit the player she used to be when she was dubbed the “Final Queen” with a flurry of birdies on the final day.
Five birdies and one bogey to finish four shots back at 6-under par.
Hyo Joo Kim, who started the day tied for the lead and raised hopes of winning her second major in nine years, dropped two shots on the final day and slipped to a tie for sixth.
Inji Jeon made her second hole-in-one of the year in a major.
The victory went to Ellison Kopuz, who shot a 9-under-par, 279.
South Korean players, who have been strong in this event since Park Se-ri won in 1998, failed to win for the third straight year.
Ukraine’s Svitolina clinched the victory with a service ace against her country’s warring opponent, Belarusian Azaranka.
“I’m going to play for my country,” Svitolina said as she celebrated on the court.
Svitolina had announced that she would not shake hands with players from her enemy country, and Azarenka seemed to take this to heart, walking off the court without shaking her hand to boos from the crowd.
“I think the organizers should specify that Ukrainian players do not have to shake hands with Russian and Belarusian players.”
Svitolina will face world number one Sibyon Tech in the quarterfinals.