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Karola hits the heights in Crete with best ever win

By Staff Reporter

Karola Bejenaru is through to the semi-finals of the $10,000 tournament in Crete after securing one of the best wins of her professional career in Heraklion yesterday.

She defeated the third seed Anastasia Vdovenco, a Moldovan who has a ranking more than 300 places higher at 432 on the world list.

Bejenaru produced her best performance for months as she overcame the 22-year-old 6-3, 7-5 and held her nerve when it mattered most.

The 18-year-old Windsor player was serving for the match at 5-4 in the second set but her opponent broke back to draw level.

However Bejenaru responded in kind immediately and then kept a cool head under pressure to serve out and seal a memorable victory by converting her second match point.

Today she will meet England's Gabrielle Taylor, the 18-year-old second seed, who was a quarter-finalist at Junior Wimbledon in the summer and has a world ranking of 354.

Unfortunately Bejanaru's chances of adding a second career doubles title to her list of achievements were dashed by a semi-final defeat when partnered by Jenny Claffey yesterday.

Meanwhile, Andy Murray lost just four games as he swept past American John Isner to reach the semi-finals of the Erste Bank Open in Vienna, winning 6-1 6-3. He now meets David Ferrer.

The British number one raced to a 6-1 6-3 win in 75 minutes to set up a clash with defending champion David Ferrer.

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