A second consecutive 70 has left Leona Maguire six shots off the lead at the halfway stage of the HSBC Women's World Championship.

The Cavan native is on four under par heading into the weekend at the Sentosa Golf Club course in Singapore, having matched her opening round score, sitting in a tie for 21st.

Maguire made a strong start to Friday's second round, with four birdies on the front nine propelling her up the leaderboard.

But a bogey on nine dented that momentum and the back nine proved more up and down, with one birdie on 16 between bogeys on 10 and 18.

USA's Danielle Kang leads the way on 10 under after a blistering 63, which leaves her a shot clear of a chasing pack that includes Allisen Corpuz, Hyo-Joo Kim and Elizabeth Szokol, the former pair registering sub-70 rounds to move into contention.

Kang drained nine birdies, including three in a row from the 12th, in what proved to be a flawless round for the world number 18 that launched her from a starting point of a tie for 29th coming into Friday.

Meanwhile, American world number two Nelly Korda was in a three-way share for fifth after carding 68.

After a difficult opening day with the putter, South Korea's reigning champion Ko Jin-young shot eight birdies and a bogey to climb up to a tie for eighth with a seven-under 65, while top-ranked Lydia Ko (69) was in a share of 16th.


Additional reporting: Reuters