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Karola Bejenaru crashes out after loss to Garcia

By John Flack

Karola Bejenaru's roller coaster season continued yesterday when she lost in second round qualifying at a $10,000 tournament in Romania.

The 18-year-old Windsor player's last outing was in the junior doubles at Wimbledon when she lost to the eventual winners in the second round.

But after winning her first round match in qualifying in her homeland when she defeated compatriot Ioana Toachina 6-3, 6-2, she made her exit yesterday.

Bejenaru went down 6-3, 6-3 to Spain's Marta Garcia as she returned to the pro tour after completing her junior career at Wimbledon.

Today local youngsters Lucy Octave, Annie and Caitlin McCullough, Emily Beatty and Jessica Leeman will be in first round action at the ITF junior world ranking tournament at Malahide.

Octave has been seeded fifth and has been drawn to face French qualifier Sophie Munteau in the first round.

Meanwhile Leeman's father Stephen and her brother Dylan were among the winners at the Co Antrim Championship finals at Ballycastle.

Dylan won the under-12 singles while Stephen shared success in the men's doubles final with Andrew McVeigh.

Co Antrim Championship results: men's singles final: Aaron Stubbs bt Karl Donaldson 7-5, 6-1; ladies singles final: Christine Duncan bt Eva Lennox 6-1, 6-4; men's doubles final: Stephen Leeman & Andrew McVeigh bt Donaldson & Paul Calvert 6-3, 6-4; ladies doubles: Suzanne McGuigan & Kathy Cunningham bt Duncan & Ashley McVeigh 7-6, 6-4: mixed doubles final: Justin Gilmore & Duncan bt Calvert & Shannon Andrews 6-1, 2-6, 6-1.

U-18 boys final: Ardghal MacMahon bt Joe Heatly 6-3, 6-3; U-16: Rory Cunningham bt Ryan Irvine 6-2, 6-1; U-14: Cian McDonnell bt Peter Galt 6-1, 7-5; U-12: Dylan Leeman bt Caolan McCarroll 6-4, 6-1.

U-18 girls final: Lucy Octave bt Annie McCullough 6-3, 6-4; U-16: Mary Parkash bt Emma Coalter 6-4, 6-1; U-14: Anna Gillespie bt Lucy McNaught 6-2, 6-0; U-12: Anna Gillespie bt Lucy McNaught 6-2, 6-0;

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