New Zealand notch third straight win over USA in America's Cup

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Hamilton (Bermuda) (AFP)

Peter Burling and Emirates Team New Zealand picked up where they left off on Sunday with a third straight win over defenders Oracle Team USA in the America's Cup.

The challengers, who won both races on the opening day of action on Saturday, were again in control on the sparkling waters of Bermuda's Great Sound.

There was barely anything to separate the rivals across the startline and at the first mark, but New Zealand rounded the second mark 11 seconds in front and pulled away to win by 49 seconds.

The challengers started the regatta with a one-point deficit thanks to Team USA's topping the qualifying round-robin.

They made up that deficit with their first win on Saturday and with three wins from three races held a 2-0 lead in the first-to-seven points series with race four to come later Sunday.