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Karola Bejenaru's Windsor bid rocked by injury

By John Flack

Karola Bejenaru is an injury doubt for next week's Belfast City ITF junior world ranking tournament after damaging her ankle while competing in Dublin yesterday.

Having booked her place in the semi-finals of the singles as she continued the defence of her title at the ITF event at Donnybrook, the Romanian-born Windsor player fell heavily during her subsequent doubles match.

Bejenaru damaged her ankle in the process and was last night receiving treatment on the knock, which could rule her out of the rest of the Dublin tournament at least.

"The physio wasn't too confident that she would be able to play on but we agreed to wait until the morning to see how Karola feels before making any decision," her father Leonard explained.

"But she was in pain when she tried to put any weight on her foot so it isn't looking too good for this week anyway. We can't afford to take any chances because we have a lot of events coming up over the coming weeks."

If she were forced to withdraw from the Windsor ITF event, she would lose the ranking points she accumulated by winning last year's event, and the competition would lose much of its local interest.

Bejenaru is the highest-ranked player in the tournament and is seeded to win it, having made rapid progress since doing so last year.

Yesterday she defeated seventh seeded British player Donia Abdel-Aziz 6-0 7-6 to advance to the last four.

Today she is due to meet third seeded Briton Emily Appleton but she may well decide to withdraw from the tournament in order to give herself every chance to recover for next week's showpiece.

Later in the day she teamed up with Romanian Maria Savu in that ill-fated doubles quarter-final clash and the duo went down in three sets to a Latvian pair, losing the third 10-5 in a championship tie-break.

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