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Bejenaru back in form as Ulster aim for inter-pro glory

 

By John Flack

Karola Bejenaru is available for Ulster and will make a return to the line-up after a two-year absence to boost her team's chances of improving upon last year's third place finish at the senior inter-provincial tournament.

The 20-year-old Windsor player has been able to fit the trip to Connacht next month into her busy schedule on the professional tour which continues this week with a $15,000 tournament in Dublin.

Bejenaru's recent career has been dogged by injury but she is now on the comeback trail, having regained the Ulster title at the Boat Club last month.

Last weekend the ­Romanian-born player defeated Irish Federation Cup star Ruth Copas to win a tournament in Dublin and she will be hoping to gain some valuable world-ranking points at Fitzwilliam this week,

Bejenaru has been drawn to face Dutch woman Rosalie van Hoek in the first round today.

The Bothwell brothers, Peter and Sam, will also be playing at Fitzwilliam this week and will get their campaigns under way tomorrow.

Yesterday, Lucy Octave was crowned Co Tyrone champion after beating Amy Rothwell 6-1, 6-2 in Omagh while Francis Vernon claimed the men's title with a 2-6, 6-3, 6-2 win over Mark Smyth.

The action hots up at the Belfast City ITF junior tournament at Windsor today with Jordan McKeown joining Anton Robb and Ben McClurg in the first round.

Jessica Leeman will carry local hopes in the girls' event along with Mary Parkash.

Unfortunately none of the local boys who were attempting to qualify for the main draw came through.

But Kyran Maguire, who was among the losers, had some consolation, defeating Bradley Yates in the Under 18 final at CIYMS where Megan Chambers won the corresponding girls' round-robin event.

A busy week also sees the ­Ulster Junior Championship continue at the Boat Club, with the finals scheduled for Friday.

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