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Cool Karola is on march in Glasgow

By John Flack

Karola Bejenaru is through to the final round of the qualifying stage at a $10,000 tournament in Glasgow.

Yesterday, she had a comfortable straight-sets win over 22-year-old Lauren McMinn to progress.

Bejenaru seldom looked like losing to the British player, listed at 1,115 in the world rankings.

The Windsor teenager won on a 6-2 6-1 scoreline to book her place in the last round of qualifying.

Today, Bejenaru has a decent chance of making it into the first round proper.

Seeded 12th in qualifying, she will meet Chinese player Ixuan Li.

Li is ranked No.942 in the world, whereas Bejenaru is listed at 969.

If the east Belfast-based star, who was born in Romania, can get the win, she would be just one match away from securing additional points to propel her up the rankings.

She looks to have a good chance of going through against an opponent who has played just a handful of matches on the professional tour. Bejenaru is aiming to improve her ranking to the top 500 by the end of the year.

She will be taking time out from the circuit in March when she will be playing professional league tennis for a club in Paris.

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