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Wimbledon 2015: Defeated Karola Bejenaru will return again as a professional

By John Flack

Karola Bejenaru's Wimbledon adventure came to an end yesterday when she bowed out of the junior doubles event in the second round.

But she's itching to get back after an unforgettable experience in the iconic surroundings of SW19 which certainly matched, if not exceeded, all her expectations.

Partnered by Hungary's Panna Udvardy, the 18-year-old Windsor player was on the losing side as the pair were beaten 7-5, 6-3 by the third seeds, Dalma Galfi and Fanni Stolla of Hungary.

It was Galfi who had dismissed Bejenaru from qualifying in the junior singles event 12 months ago but, sadly, there was to be no revenge in the rematch.

"We had out our chances but, unfortunately we weren't able to take them so that was disappointing, although otherwise it's been a fabulous few days for me." said the east Belfast-based Romanian.

"There were a couple of hundred people watching on Court Six and cheering on the three Hungarians that were involved in the match so the atmposphere was amazing.

"There was a chair umpire and ballboys and girls - something we´re not used too very often on the junior circuit and I enjoyed every moment of it, apart from the result, of course.

"But the whole experience at Wimbeldon was unbelievable and something that I will never forget so I can't wait to get back there, hopefully next year, at qualifying for the main tournament.

"I've never experienced anything like it before and everyone makes you feel very special and you are treated like one of the professionals.

"I managed to see a few of the big names inside the players' area like Roger Federer and Novac Djokavic which was amazing."

Bejenaru has now played her last junior tournament and, in the coming weeks, will re-join the professional tour after briefly tasting it in the latter stages of her Under-18 days.

"I am looking forward to that very much," she added.

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