Aussies face unbeaten Sweden in LPGA teams event semis

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Australia face a formidable task when they meet Sweden in the semi-finals at the International Crown LPGA team matchplay event after finishing runners-up to unbeaten Thailand in Pool B.

With their spot in the semis already secured, both Australian pairings suffered losses in their clash with Thailand on day three at San Francisco's Harding Park on Saturday.

Minjee Lee and Steph Kyriacou had their perfect 2-0 record broken as they pushed Patty Tavatanakit and Atthaya Thitikul but lost 1 up.

Their teammates Hannah Green and Sarah Kemp went down 3 and 2 to the powerful sister act of Ariya and Moriya Jutanugarn as Thailand finished pool play with a 6-0 record.

The seventh-seeded Australians now face in-form fourth seeds Sweden on Sunday as they chase a spot in the final and a first title at the eight-team tournament.

The Swedes did not lose a match and tied only one in Pool A.

They clinched top spot when Anna Nordqvist and Caroline Hedwall beat American duo Nelly Korda and Lilia Vu 1 up on Saturday.

Lexi Thompson and Danielle Kang secured a tie against the second Swedish pair of Madelene Sagstrom and Maja Stark.

The Americans earned the runner-up spot in Pool A and take on Thailand in the other semi-final.

The semis and final will be played on Sunday, with each match featuring two singles competitions and one alternate shot matchup.

This is the fourth time this tournament has been held, after it was cancelled in 2020 because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Spain won the inaugural tournament in 2014, followed by the United States in 2016 and South Korea in 2018.

Defending champions South Korea lost all four of their matches in the first two days before salvaging some pride on Saturday with two wins over strugglers Japan in Pool B.

England and China failed to advance from Pool A.