BELFAST girl Karola Bejenaru is in Dublin today for her latest ITF tournament outing, having finished runner-up in the Newcastle-upon-Tyne tournament.
The 16-year-old had been hoping to make it back to back victories in International Tennis Federation events, after victory in, Edinburgh but seemed to suffer from a little fatigue in the decider with Freya Christie – ranked 231 in the world – and despite being 5-4 up she went down 7-5 6-0.
It was a disappointing finish to the tournament for the Windsor club teenager (pictured) after playing some fine tennis but she will be aiming for another final at Donnybrook ahead of her campaign at the Belfast City event on home turf next week.
Bejenaru, sponsored by Dominos Pizza, has now moved to the cusp of the world top 400 and her goal of making the top 200 by the end of the year would seem to be on course.
Dad Leonard said: "It was a pity the way the final went, Karola just didn't look as sharp as she did the rest of the week but it was another good week and she is moving in the right direction.
"Karola will play the Dublin and Belfast events and then she is off to Poland and two tournaments in Hungary. This is the kind of experience that she needs."
At the South Leinster junior open, Bejenaru's fellow Windsor club player Caitlin McCullough lost in the U16 final to Aoife Tonna-Barthet 6-3 7-5.
But Caitlin then teamed up with twin sister Annie in the U18 doubles final and the Windsor girls came out on top, 6-2 2-6 7-6 (8-6) over No1 seeds Ruth Dillon and Aubree Ryan Flynn.