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Karola Bejenaru enjoys first pro victory at Egypt doubles

Former junior star Karola Bejenaru savoured her first professional success when she won the doubles title at the $10,000 event in Egypt.

Partnering Freya Christie of Great Britain, 18-year-old Bejenaru had moved through to the final with victory over Russian pair Varvara Flink and Veronica Miroshnichenko, 5-7 6-4, 10-7 and in Saturday's decider they defeated Irish woman Jenny Claffey and Anna Morgina of Russia, 6-3 6-2.

Bejenaru, who has just recovered from injury, will hope to make progress in singles as she remains in Egypt for further events on the women's ITF pro tour.

Hillsborough lad Peter Bothwell lost in the final of the doubles in Greece. Partnering Britain's Toby Martin, they lost to British pair Lloyd Glasspool and Josh Ward-Hibbert, 6-3 7-5.

Meanwhile World number one Novak Djokovic claimed his ninth title of the year with a 6-2 6-4 victory over Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the Shanghai Rolex Masters.

"Today the key was to get as many serves back into play to Jo because he has one of the biggest serves in the game," said Djokovic yesterday.

"Generally I felt always in control of the match.

"I felt like I did everything right and I didn't allow him to get into the rhythm, get into the match."

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