Women's British Open 2014: Ayako Uehara takes early lead

Women's British Open - Five best shots
Women's British Open first round leaderboard
-4Ayako Uehara (Japan)
-3Mo Martin (US)
-2Morgan Pressel, Mina Harigae (US) Sarah Kemp (Aus)
-1Stacy Lewis (US), Holly Clyburn (Eng), A Yang (Kor), SY Ryu (Kor)
Selected othersLevel Lydia Ko (NZ), +1 Charley Hull (Eng), +3 Michelle Wie (US)

Ayako Uehara of Japan took a one-shot lead after the first round of the Women's British Open at Royal Birkdale.

Uehara shot a four-under 68 to head American Mo Martin by one stroke, while world number one and defending champion Stacy Lewis took 71 to trail by three.

England's Holly Clyburn also ended one under, while US Women's Open champion Michelle Wie took 75 to finish three over par.

England's Charley Hull, 18, finished one over par, five shots off the lead.

Wie, who finished third at Birkdale as a 15-year-old amateur in 2005, described her round as "a real battle".

"I definitely felt like my tempo was a little bit off," Wie said. "I just didn't hit good shots today. But it's a long way until Sunday. It could have been a lot worse."

Women's British Open
Venue: Royal Birkdale Golf Club, Southport
Date: 10-13 July
Coverage: Live on BBC Two each day from 13:00 BST

Uehara and Martin were the only players to shoot under 70 as windy conditions made play difficult. Only nine players broke par and more than a dozen took more than 80.

World number two Lydia Ko, 17, of New Zealand carded level-par 72, while England's 50-year-old Dame Laura Davies finished double bogey, bogey, birdie for a three-over 75.