England's Laura Davies admitted she made a "crazy start" to the second round, but she hit back with a string of birdies to stand just four shots off the lead at the halfway stage of the Evian Masters in France.
Davies, a two-time former winner, added a 71 to her opening 68 for five-under-par 139, but it was American teen sensation Michelle Wie who grabbed most of the limelight with a joint best of day 66 and a share of the lead.
The 16-year-old from Hawaii birdied six of the first 11 holes in a faultless round to move to nine-under-par alongside Australia's Karrie Webb and Mexico's Lorena Ochoa. Korea's Se Ri Pak is one shot adrift after a second successive 68.
Wie, runner-up last year, believed she could have gone even lower.
The youngster said: "After the 11th I still hit a lot of solid shots and could have made a couple of putts."
Davies, winner in 1995 and 1996, opened her day with three straight bogeys, but recovered to birdie the four long holes  the seventh, ninth, 15th and 18th.
She explained: "At one stage Karrie (Webb, her playing partner) was 11-under and I was two-under so I'm quite happy to finish just four behind the lead-ers. I missed a few fairways at the start and you can't do that here, but I didn't panic because I knew I was playing well and could get some shots back."
Webb, the three-time British Open Champion, went out in 31 and made another birdie at the tenth. But she double-bogeyed the 13th and dropped another shot at the 16th to finish with a 68.
Kent's Karen Stupples was the only player to match Wie's 66. But the Briton had opened with a 78 and so was still nine shots off the lead.