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Bejenaru's return to top form halted by freak injury

By Staff Reporter

Karola Bejenaru will be out of action for several weeks in an untimely setback just when she seemed to be recapturing her best form at a $10,000 tournament in Crete, Greece last week.

The 19-year-old Windsor player stood on a ball during a doubles match when partnered by Dublin woman Jenny Claffey at the world ranking event in Heraklion.

She carried on bravely after receiving treatment from the tournament physio in the final set tie-break but the pair lost the contest.

Bejenaru had earlier beaten two higher-ranked opponents in reaching the semi-finals of a professional tour event for the first time since February.

The Romanian initially defied the pain barrier in her last-four encounter with England's Gabriella Taylor but had to retire at the start of the second set after losing the first in a tie-break.

Her father and joint-coach Leonard explained: "Unfortunately, Karola has sprained her ankle and we are told she is likely to be out for at least three weeks."

Bejenaru had been playing her best tennis for some time but she has had to withdraw from a similar tournament in Crete this week.

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