Karola Bejenaru struggling to find her form
Karola Bejenaru made a disappointing second-round exit from the $10,000 tournament in her native Romania yesterday when she lost to a Czech opponent in straight sets.
The Windsor player went down 6-4 6-2 to Natalie Cvackova, who has a world ranking of 1255, more than 400 places lower than Bejenaru.
Once again, Bejenaru had difficulty with her serve, which had troubled her in her first-round victory and, despite breaking her opponent twice, she was unable to maintain the momentum.
It is the third time in the last four tournaments that the east Belfast-based teenager has lost to a player with an inferior ranking and yesterday's outcome came as a blow to her ambition of climbing into the world's top 500 by the end of the year.
Bejenaru will now take a week off from competitive action and concentrate on her training ahead of another $10k event in Romania, which begins on Monday week.