As they edged Team USA in the opening foursomes session at Gleneagles europe made a positive start.
Jessica and Nelly Korda, the first sisters to perform with each other in the contest, produced an outstanding operation to conquer Jodi Ewart Shadoff along with Caroline Masson 4 & 6 in game three, but this proved the lone win for its holders as Europe led into the day fourballs using a 2.5-1.5 advantage.
Bronte Law’s initial preference of Solheim Cup action resulted in a battling half with Carlota Ciganda in the top game against Morgan Pressel and Marina Alex, until Georgia Hall and Celine Boutier put the first blue on the board using a 2&1 win on Lexi Thompson and Brittany Altomare – Thompson’s initial defeat at case since 2013.
Charley Hull and also Azahara Munoz rounded off an afternoon for Catriona Matthew’s team using Annie Park in the match and a hard-fought victory over Megan Kang, ensuring a replicate scoreline in the competition.
Matthew is going to be determined to avoid a repeat of the whitewash in the afternoon fourballs session in Iowa which sparked the conduct of Team USA .
Matthew did spring a surprise for her day line-up if she rested Hall and guaranteed that all 12 of her players could see some action on the first evening, although Inkster also picked the four players who sat from the foursomes, although she also separated the jubilant Korda sisters.
Europe’s complaint was, headed by suzann Pettersen, seen by many as a captain’s choice due to her lack of golf during the previous two decades against Lizette Salas and Danielle Kang alongside newcomer Anne Van Dam.
Swedish stalwarts Anna Nordqvist and Caroline Hedwall were paired with Ally McDonald and Angel Yin, that had been an overdue call-up for the Stacy Lewis.
Hull and Munoz hoped to continue their winning venture against Altomare and Nelly Korda since they accepted Thompson and Jessica Korda with Legislation and Ciganda switching from first match to last, from the third game.
More to follow …