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Injured Bejenaru out of Windsor and US junior qualifying

By John Flack

Karola Bejenaru has been forced to pull out of the Belfast City ITF junior world ranking tournament at Windsor due to injury.

The Romanian, who was seeded to win the event, has been ordered to rest for at least three weeks after suffering a pulled hamstring while competing in the ITF tournament at Donnybrook earlier this week.

Her enforced withdrawal is obviously a personal blow but also a massive disappointment for the tournament organisers.

"I am very disappointed and, unfortunately, I will now lose the ranking points I received after winning at Windsor and Donnybrook this time last year." she explained.

"I was told that I risked further damage to my hamstring by playing in another match after I sustained the injury, but fortunately it is a pull and not a tear.

"There was a chance I might have tried to get into qualifying for the US Junior Open had I not got injured but that's not going to happen now as I won't be able to even practise for at least three weeks."

In last night's draw for first round qualifying for the tournament, which gets under way tomorrow, local boy David Weir will face fifth seed Sebastian Grau of Germany while Jakob Robb will play Ulster rival Ronan McKeever.

Meanwhile, Hillsborough teenager Peter Bothwell, partnered by David O'Hare, produced a battling display before going down in last night's Irish Open doubles final in Dublin. The Irish pair lost to Edward Corrie and Freddie Neilsen, a former Wimbledon doubles champion, 6-2, 7-5.

By reaching the semi-finals and then going one better, 18-year-old Bothwell can now boast a world ranking in doubles a week after picking up his first point in singles at a tournament in England.

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