Karola Bejenaru to face stiff Croatian test after an impressive win
Karola Bejenaru swept comfortably into the final round of qualifying at the $25,000 tournament in Chiswick yesterday, but a much tougher challenge lies ahead.
The Windsor player chalked up an impressive 6-3, 6-1 win over English teenager Camille Verden Anderson, with the aid of two service-breaks in the first set and three in the second.
However, the draw hasn't been kind to the Romanian-born player, who must now overcome the qualfying event's top-seed, Ana Vrljic, who is ranked 419 in the world and has 11 career titles under her belt.
Bejenaru, who has slipped to 1011 on the ladder due to a combination of a loss of form and injury, must pull off an upset against the 33-year-old today if she is to be in with a chance of earning a ranking point
Meanwhile, Cian McDonnell had an impressive double success on Saturday, claiming the Under 16 and 18 titles at the Shankill Open finals in Dublin.
The Hawarden teenager defeated top seed Daniel Barisnikovs 7-6, 6-2 in the U-18 decider, having started the day with a 6-2, 6-1 victory over Sahir Mangat in the U-16 event..
Amy Rothwell (ATT, Ballymena) lifted the U-18 girls' trophy with an emphatic 6-0, 6-2 victory over Emily-May O'Donovan.
Rothwell's latest triumph comes as a timely boost ahead of the U-18 inter-provincial tournament, which gets under way in Rushbrooke, Co Cork tomorrow.
Ulster's U-14s then take centre stage at the same venue on Tuesday and Wednesday with the senior tournament scheduled for Claremorris at the weekend, when Rothwell's busy regime will continue as she prepares to make her debut at this level.