Lewis nailed eight birdies – six on the back nine – against one double bogey en route to a tournament low six-under-par 65 for a two-round total of nine-under-par 133, tied with Lang who shot a 67. They lead by one shot from Na Yeong Choi of Korea and Dewi Claire Schreefel of the Netherlands, who carded matching 68s.
Spain’s Azahara Munoz was in sole fifth spot on seven-under-par after a second round 68, one shot ahead of World No. 1 Yani Tseng of Chinese Taipei, American star Michelle Wie and Korea’s I.K. Kim.
Lightning and subsequent thunderstorm in the late afternoon had forced two suspensions of play close to three hours, with play resuming only at 6.10pm. The leading flights played their last few holes under floodlights on KLGCC’s East Course.
Best among the Malaysians was the country’s leading amateur Kelly Tan, who shot a 73 to lie in joint 62nd spot on eight-over-par among the field of 72 players. The only Malaysian professional in the field, Jean Chua, came in with a disappointing 78 to be in 68th place on 12-over-par.
The two other Malaysian amateurs in the tournament, Aretha Pan and Ainil Johani, were 64th and 69th on nine-over-par and 14-over-par respectively.
Leading second round scores:
133 – Brittany Lang (USA) 66-67, Stacy Lewis (USA) 68-65
134 – Choi Na Yeon (KOR) 66-68, Dewi Claire Schreefel (NED) 66-68
135 – Azahara Munoz (ESP) 67-68
136 – Yani Tseng (TPE) 69-67, Michelle Wie (USA) 68-68, Kim I.K. (KOR) 68-68
137 – Suzann Pettersen (NOR) 68-69
138 – Paula Creamer (USA) 71-67, Amy Yang (KOR) 69-69
139 – Catriona Matthew (SCO) 70-69, Jiyai Shin (KOR) 70-69, Amanda Blumenherst (USA) 70-69, Katie Futcher (USA) 69-70
140 – Ai Miyazato (JPN) 72-68, Pak Se Ri (KOR) 72-68
141 – Eun-Hee Ji 72-69 (KOR) Amy Hung 72-69, Sun Young Yoo (KOR) 70-71, Jennifer Song (USA) 74-67, Julieta Granada (PAR) 70-71, Feng Shan Shan (CHN) 68-73, Jimin Kang (KOR) 69-72, Paige Mackenzie (USA) 67-74, Christel Boeljon (NED) 68-73