Karola doubles up to put silver lining on singles loss
Karola Bejenaru had a bittersweet day at the ITF junior world ranking tournament in Parma when she followed up a quarter-final singles defeat with success in the doubles event.
The Windsor player joined forces with a Slovenian to share victory with a 7-5, 6-3 win over an Italian pair to reach the final in which they will meet a Dutch duo.
Valuable world ranking points are up for grabs at the Italian showpiece as the 17-year-old strives to book her place in several junior Grand Slam tournaments, having competed in the qualifiers at Wimbledon last year.
Karola had contrasting fortunes in her singles match against the third-seeded Italian Beatrice Torelli.
Ranked fifth, the Belfast-based Romanian went down fighting, losing in two tie-breaks, 7-6, 7-6 before going on to win her doubles.
Meanwhile, Andy Murray will have to wait until today to play his BMW Open quarter-final after rain called a halt to proceedings in Munich.
Murray is up against Lukas Rosol in the last eight and will now have to take on the Czech player on the same day the Scot is also set to play his doubles semi-final alongside Dutch partner Jean-Julien Rojer.