Karola Bejenaru failed narrowly in her bid to reach the second round of Junior Wimbledon qualifying on Thursday when she went down in three sets to a higher-ranked opponent..
The 16 year-old Orangefield High School pupil lost 7-5, 3-6, 6-1 to third seed, Dalma Galf, of Hungary but she produced a battling display.
The Windsor player could easily have taken the first set having squandered a break point and then took the second to set up the decider.
She under performed in the third set and bowed out of the tournament although she will still be young enough to compete next year.
The teenager, on reflection, will be able to look back on a year to remember having only sneaked into her first Grand Slam through the back door.
She only made it the day before the qualifiers were due to start having been fifth on the reserve list.
Twelve months ago she was ranked around 400 in the world at Under 18 level but she has come on in leaps and bounds since then and is now just outside the top 150.
Her opponent on Thursday is ranked 70th in the world but that was of little consolation to a bitterly disappointed Karola after the match.
“Something went wrong mentally in the third set when I won very few points so I will have to work on that side of my game.” she said.
“It is not that I can’t compete against players like that but the margins are very small and I will have a good talk with my coach when I get home.