Karola Bejenaru produced the best performance of her young career yesterday when she defeated the world number 108 at the grade three International Tennis Federation event in Spain.
Just a week on from losing to number three seed Vasilisa Aponasenko in the opening round, she was drawn against the Russian again only this time the result was different.
Once more it was three sets but Romanian-born east Belfast 16-year-old Bejenaru dug deep to win6-4 5-7 6-4.
Already ranked 211 in the under-18 world rankings, Bejenaru – part of the new Ulster College squad – is now hoping that she can break the 200-barrier with a run in this event.
Today she will take on Great Britain's Jodie Anna Burrage for a place in the quarter-finals. Burrage put out Spain's Anna Roman Dominguez 6-2, 7-6.
Bejenaru's coach Przemek Stec said: "Karola was very disappointed not to have won last week. She has put that right and hopefully now she can build on that. If she can then she should get into the top 200."