Karola bows out on a tough day for Ulster stars
Karola Bejenaru has missed out on an opportunity to climb up the world ladder after failing to make the main draw at the $25,000 ITF tournament in Surrey yesterday.
The 20-year-old Windsor player went down 6-2 6-1 to Georgian Miriam Bolkvadze, ranked 459, in the final round of qualifying.
Bejenaru did have her chances but was unable to take them, notably when she was 4-2 down in the first set and had break points to get herself back on track.
Meanwhile, Jessica Leeman is a doubtful starter for Ulster's senior and junior inter-pro campaigns later this month after being forced to retire from the ITF Junior tournament in Dundalk yesterday due to a stomach muscle problem.
She was level at one set apiece (6-4 5-7) when she had to quit in her match with Italy's Valentina Urelli Rinaldi.
On a disappointing day for Ulster players, there were also defeats for Jordan McKeown, Ben McClurg and Peter Corrie against British opposition.
McKeown lost 6-3 6-3 to Finn Murgets, McClurg went down 3-6 6-2 6-2 to third seed Julian Lewis and Corrie fell to a 3-6 7-5 6-4 defeat against title favourite Tad MacLean.