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Karola Bejenaru vows to learn from her battling exit in Romanian tournament

By Staff Reporter

Karola Bejenaru made her exit from the $25,000 tournament in Romania yesterday when she went down in straight sets to Ganna Poznikhirenko in the first round.

But it wasn't all plain sailing for the Ukrainian, who is ranked 437th in the world, as the 18-year-old Windsor player made her work hard throughout the match despite the 6-3 6-1 scoreline.

In fact, Bejenaru broke her opponent's serve twice but failed to hold her own on six occasions with nine double-faults.

The east-Belfast based teenager had a total of 11 break points, converting only two, and, as she admitted, that's an area she needs to address.

"She was better than me on the bigger points and converted six out of her 12 break points," said Bejenaru.

"But I will learn from the experience and a lot of the games were close so I can take a lot of positives."

Bejenaru has been on the road in Romania for five weeks, qualifying for the main draw on three occasions, and will take a break before competing in a $10,000 tournament in Madrid next month.

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