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Wimbledon 2015: Karola Bejenaru strolls it, but has a tougher test to come

By John Flack

Published 08/07/2015

Karola Bejenaru (pictured) and Panna Udvardy will next take on Hungarian duo Dalma Galfi and Fanni Stolla
Karola Bejenaru (pictured) and Panna Udvardy will next take on Hungarian duo Dalma Galfi and Fanni Stolla

Karola Bejenaru belatedly achieved her ambition of playing at Wimbledon yesterday and after failing to qualify for the singles event at the junior tournament she had more success in the doubles.

The 17-year-old Windsor player and her Hungarian playing partner Panna Udvardy took just 50 minutes to dispose of Eleni Christofi, of Greece and Lesedi Jacobs (Namibia) in impressive fashion, losing just three games as they progressed on a 6-2, 6-1 scoreline.

"We performed very well as a team and it was fantastic to play on court 10 at Wimbledon after missing out in singles qualifying at Roehampton," said Karola.

"Hopefully we can keep on winning, but the next match is going to be very difficult as I know from past experience in Junior Wimbledon.

Today Karola and her partner will be up against Dalma Galfi, the Hugarian who dismissed her from qualifying 12 months ago, and her compatriot Fanni Stolla.

This is the east Belfast-based teenager's final tournament as a junior and she will want to bow out on a winning note although she won't start a favourite today against the third seeds.

"We're up against the girl who put me out of the singles last year and she is playing with another Hungarian so both teams know a lot about each other," added Karola.

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