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Karola Bejenaru is glad to be pointing the way ahead

By John Flack

Karola Bejenaru has picked up another professional world ranking point after a hard-fought first-round win at a $10,000 tournament in Romania yesterday.

The 18-year-old Windsor player came from a set down to beat Hungarian Lucy Nagymihaly 3-6 6-3 6-3 to earn a place in the last 16, in which the going will get even tougher.

Bejenaru will be up against Romanian Iona Rosca, who is ranked inside the world's top 600 and has had an enviable record over the past year or so.

Rosca reached the last 16 of the French Junior Open and Junior Wimbledon in 2014 and already has a $10,000 tournament triumph under her belt this summer.

"It's going to be very tough but I will just have to try and concentrate on every point and play to my full potential to be in with a chance," said Bejenaru.

"It was great to get through the first round but it was a very, very tight match with a lot of service breaks so I had to really battle to get the victory.

"She broke me to go 3-1 up in the final set but I managed to break back immediately and then closed out the win after converting my third match point at 5-3 up on her serve."

Lucy Octave, meanwhile, is the only local player to make it through to the quarter-finals of the Dundalk Junior ITF tournament. The Donaghadee teenager beat Great Britain's Florence Abbot 6-3 6-2 to set up a clash with Elizabeth Moloney (GB) today.

Annie McCullough and her sister Caitlin both went down in straight sets to the top and second seeds respectively.

Annie lost 6-3 6-2 to Georgia Drummy and Caitlin suffered an identical defeat against Megan Davies, while Peter Corrie is out of the boys' singles, beaten 6-0 6-1 by top-ranked James Davis.

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