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Bejenaru hits new heights after netting win bonus

Published 25/08/2015

Karola Bejenaru
Karola Bejenaru

Karola Bejenaru chalked up the best win of her short professional career yesterday when she reached the main draw of a £25,000 tournament in her native Romania.

The 18-year-old Windsor player defeated Moldovan Federation Cup player Daniela Ciobanu, who is ranked 730 in the world, 7-6, 3-6, 7-5 in final round qualifying to set up a meeting with Ukraine's Ganna Poznikhirenko today.

As the competition is of a higher standard than the $10,000 tournaments she has been playing in recently, Bejenaru's world ranking will improve as a result of her qualifying without her having to wait for a victory in the main draw.

The east-Belfast based teenager was delighted at her victory which comes less than a week after she took her first step onto the world ladder on the professional circuit by winning her third $10k main draw match.

"I had to dig in really hard to get the victory in a match in which both of us made a lot of mistakes on our own serve but I stayed focused when playing the big points so I am delighted," she said.

The match contained a staggering 23 breaks so it was no surprise then that Bejenaru failed to capitalise when she was serving for the match at 5-4 in the deciding set, but having been broken to love, she responded in identical fashion to lead 6-5 and then won the next game to 15 on her own serve to seal a famous and memorable victory.

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