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Bejenaru makes a big point after ending losing run in Romania

By John Flack

Karola Bejenaru made it third time lucky at the $10k tournament in her native Romania yesterday as she collected another valuable world ranking point with a first-round victory.

The 19-year-old Windsor player had failed to make the last 16 in her last two attempts in her homeland but she was in imperious form yesterday as she clinched a place in the second round.

She defeated Turkish wild-card entry Yasmin Gulman 6-1 6-1 to book a date with compatriot Cristina Adamescu and another win would see her climb further up the rankings from her current position of 757.

Bejenaru, in tandem with another Romanian, is also through to the doubles quarter-final after an impressive win over the third seeds earlier in the week.

Meanwhile, Peter Corrie is through to the quarter-finals of the Under-18 event at the Irish Junior National Championship in Dublin.

The 16-year-old Hilden player defeated Daniel Vlas 6-4 6-2 in a rain-delayed match last night.

In the U14 singles, Dylan Leeman staged a stunning comeback to advance to the last eight as he overcame Gavin O'Riordan 3-6 6-3 6-4.

Last year's national U12 champion had trailed 4-1 in the final set but recovered to reel off the next five games in a row.

Elsewhere, at U16 level, Caleb Ralston, the third seed, will meet Harry Ellesmere in an all-Ulster quarter-final today after both boys had straight sets wins yesterday.

But Anton Robb lost in the same age group while there were also defeats for Laura Reid and Amy Rothwell in the U18 girls singles event.

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