WASHINGTON: Emma Raducanu, the top-ranked player Briton, defeated Louisa Chirico in the first round in Washington Open to start preparing to defend her US Open crown.
The 19-year-old won her maiden match on a hard court in North America by winning 6-4, 6-2 in 87 minutes.
"It definitely feels really good to get a win here in DC," said Raducanu.
"After not playing for quite a bit after Wimbledon or many matches at all this year, I think it's a really nice feeling just to get on the board."
After defeating Louisa Chirico in the first round in Washington, British No. 1 Emma Raducanu began preparing to defend her US Open crown.
For her maiden victory of the North American hard court season, the 19-year-old prevailed 6-4, 6-2 in 87 minutes.
Meanwhile, Britain's Jack Draper suffered a 6-4 6-2 defeat by Russian top seed Andrey Rublev.
Wimbledon runner-up Nick Kyrgios was also in action for the first time since losing on his Grand Slam final debut, the Australian beating American Marcos Giron 6-3 6-2.