Belfast Telegraph

Karola Bejenaru's world is in motion after impressive victory

By John Flack

Karola Bejenaru has earned herself another valuable world-ranking point after reaching the last 16 of a $10,000 tournament in Sunderland.

She scored an impressive 6-3, 6-3 win over Slovakian Natalija Sipek, who is ranked 381 places higher, to progress to the second round. Bejenaru defeated the same opponent in a similar tournament in Glasgow last week but she had a much tougher battle on that occasion as she won 7-5 in the third set.

The 18-year-old Windsor player says she learned from that match and took the lessons into yesterday's encounter.

"When you look back on matches it's important to analyse your performance and that of your opponent," said Bejenaru.

"With roughly the same group of players playing in the Futures tour on consecutive weeks, there is always a chance you will play an opponent more than once.

"So I learned from the match with Natalija in Glasgow and managed to win quite comfortably when I played her again."

Bejenaru faces a tougher test today when she comes up against Croatia's Silvia Nijiric, who is ranked 435 in the world.

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