SOMERSET-based Lucy Shuker was the only Brit in action on the first day of play of the US Open USTA Championships Super Series in St Louis.
The British No.1 made a winning return to the scene of her first career Super Series singles title in 2016 with a 6-3, 6-0 victory over Japan’s Saki Takamuro. The win set up a quarter-final against her doubles partner for the week, World No.1 Yui Kamiji. However, as at the Birmingham Classic, Shuker’s singles challenge and her US Open Super Series women’s singles title defence came to an end against the World. No.1 Kamiji, who won their quarter-final, 6-1, 6-1.