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Karola Bejenaru reaches the last eight at Donnybrook

By John Flack

Karola Bejenaru is safely to the quarter finals of the ITF junior world ranking tournament at Donnybrook after chalking up her second straight sets win yesterday.

The Romanian-born Windsor player defeated Summer Yardley 6-1, 6-1 with another commanding performance.

Bejenaru will now meet another GB player, Donia Abdel-Aziz, in the last eight today as she continues the defence of her title.

The seventh seed had earlier been taken to a second set tie break by Bejenaru's Windsor club mate, Annie McCullough, who had come through qualifying.

Bejenaru, who will also be defending her crown at the ITF tournament on her home courts next week, will be confident of progressing after yesterday's win.

"I played well, moved her around the court a lot and didn't give her a chance to attack me as I was always the first to attack." the 17 year-old said.

"My attitude was good as well and I remained positive and strong throughout the entire match."

Second seed Julie Byrne was forced to withdraw from the tournament, leaving Lauren Deegan and Jennifer Timotin as the only two surviving Irish players in the quarter finals.

Meanwhile there was disappointment for Ulster's Peter Bothwell as he made his exit from the Irish Senior Open which doubles as a world ranking tournament.

After being handed a wild card into the first round of the £9,000 Futures tournament at Fitzwilliam, the Hillsborough teenager had the misfortune to be drawn against top seed Sam Barry..

Barry proved too strong, beating Bothwell 6-3, 6-3 to deny the 18 year-old ranking points.

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