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Sorenstam takes charge in farewell event

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  • Annika Sorenstam leads at the halfway stage of the Dubai Ladies Masters
  • Sorenstam is playing her final professional tournament of legendary career
  • Australian Nikki Garrett is nearest challenger to 38-year-old Swede
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(CNN) -- Annika Sorenstam is on course for a fairytale victory in her final professional tournament by taking the halfway lead at the Dubai Ladies Masters on the Ladies European Tour.

Sorenstam found her best form in the second round at the Emirates Club in Dubai.

The legendary Swede carded a six-under 66 on the the Majlis course of Emirates Golf Club, which included an eagle and four birdies.

She leads by one on eight-under 136 from Australian Nikki Garrett, who also carded a second round 66.

Russian Maria Verchenova, Italy's Veronica Zorzi and overnight leader Johanna Head of England were tied for third at six-under, while the veteran English star Laura Davies was among those tied for sixth place at five-under 139.

Sorenstam, who opened with a two-under 70, is bidding for her 90th career title and third successive Dubai Ladies Masters trophy in the three-year history of the tournament.

The 38-year-old is still recovering from the after affects of a flu virus she picked up in Malaysia but is determined to make one final effort before bringing down the curtain on her illustrious career.

"I put in my whole energy in to give that extra push to today's round. I needed to clean up a few things after the first day," she said.

"I am really happy to be where I am and with the round. I wanted to go bogey-free today, and I achieved it."

Garrett is looking for her first win since 2007 while Ladies European Tour money leader Gwladys Nocera of France survived the halfway cut after a three-under 69 to move to level par overall.

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