Hong Kong: Top golfer Smriti Mehra found it hard to cope with the wind conditions and carded three over par 76 in the opening round of the $ 80,000 Hong Kong Ladies Master here on Wednesday.

Mehra, who has returned to the golfing scene after a year-long injury that required two surgeries to her left wrist, was lying tied 14th at the Jockey Club Kau Sai Chau's North Course (par-73 course) here.

Others sharing the place with Mehra were Chinese Hong Lian Wu and Li Ying Ye, Maria Priscila of Brazil and Hiroko Tanabe of Japan.

China's Zhong Xiao Long and 2006 USLPGA rookie Teresa Lu of Chinese Taipei posted identical 4-under 69 to share a one-stroke lead. PTI

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