Brave Karola Bejenaru exits in heartbreaking fashion
Karola Bejenaru bowed out of the $10,000 tournament in Romania but only after putting in a tremendous performance against the fifth seed.
The 18-year-old Windsor player went down 7-6, 2-6, 6-4 at the last 16 stage to her compatriot Iona Rosca, who is ranked at 596 as a professional, while Bejenaru has only just quit the junior tour.
The first set could hardly have been closer as Rosca won the tie-break 8-6 before the Ulster-based teenager capitalised on a 4-1 lead with a break to square the match in the second.
Games went with serve in the deciding set until, with the score at 4-4, Rosca won the next two games to book her place in the quarter-finals.
"It is obviously disappointing to have lost but I felt I played a really good match and I will take a lot of self-belief out of my performance," said Bejenaru.
Meanwhile, Lucy Octave was eliminated from the Dundalk Junior ITF tournament at the quarter-final stage.
The Donaghadee teen lost 7-5, 6-4 to British player Elizabeth Moloney, the fifth seed.