West Australian Whitney Hillier’s recent good form continued in round two of the Hero Women’s Indian Open adding a second round of 71 on day two of the Ladies European Tour event to take a one-shot lead into the weekend at the DLF Golf and Country Club in Gurugram.

Hillier, who recovered from a double bogey at the 10th with four birdies over her closing nine, leads over Norwegian Marian Skarpnord.

Hillier finished 7th in Spain last week and appears to have found something in her game. She puts some of her performance this week down to the similarities of this week’s layout to her home course in Perth.

“It was a little bit up and down in the middle there but I got it back really well, so I’m quite proud of that,” said the 28-year-old, who loves playing in the heat in India.

“I was two-over after 10 and then I got it back to finish one-under for the day. I hit it close on 17 and 18, where I used the slope quite well.

“It’s funny, I’m from Joondalup Golf Club, which is actually quite similar, shots wise. I just realised that this course has the ‘Lake’ and ‘Quarry’ nines, which is exactly the same as at Joondalup. I’m not kidding, it’s so surreal.”

The other Australian to make the cut was Queensland’s professional debutante, Becky Kay, who is in 31st place after her second round of 77.