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Bejenaru on a high after comfortably reaching second round in Portugal

 

By John Flack

Karola Bejenaru has reached the second round of a $25,000 tournament for the first time after progressing in Portugal yesterday.

The 20-year-old Windsor player has had a torrid time recently with a dip in form, not helped by a series of injuries. But she showed few signs of a niggling hip complaint as she made short work of Sara Lanca, beating the Portuguese 6-1 6-0 in a match that lasted just over an hour.

Bejenaru has slipped down the world ladder to 1,079th, but is now back among the points after several unsuccessful attempts.

Bejenaru said: "I played very well, my intensity was good and I stayed focused throughout.

"I was very aggressive and always stepped into the net and my opponent didn't have a lot of chances so I was very pleased.

"I had beaten her a few weeks ago in a qualifying match so that helped as I knew what to expect."

Bejenaru has a tough task if she is to reach the quarter-finals as she is up against experienced Russian Marina Melnikova, 28, who has 11 career titles, including four singles, and is currently ranked 383rd in the world.

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