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Karola Bejenaru wins County Dublin Seniors title

 

Karola Bejenaru more than made for her disappointment at Junior Wimbledon on Saturday as she lifted the Co Dublin senior ladies singles title.

The 17 year-old Romanian-born Windsor player defeated Bulgarian Mariana Levova in straight sets 6-3, 7-5 in the final.

Last month Karola had been knocked out of the SW19 showpiece when she lost in first round qualifying.

But she seems to be finding a rich vein of form before she takes part in two ITF junior world ranking tournaments later in the month.

She will be returning to Dublin for the Donnybrook tournament and then it will be back to Windsor for the City of Belfast Championship.

Karola will be up against youngsters in those competitions as she prepares to defend her titles.

But she proved her mettle during the course of the week against more experienced opponents as she beat the 23 year-old in Saturday’s final.

On Friday night the 17 year-old secured the biggest win of her short career at Carrickmines when she defeated top seed Rachael Dillon in straight sets to reach the decider.

The Windsor teenager beat the 26 year-old, a former professional who was ranked 675 in the world eight years ago, 7-6, 6-2.

The 17 year-old trailed 5-1 in the tie break before reeling off the next six points in a row with some excellent serves and returns.

Boosted by that, she comfortably won the second to upset the odds and gain rich consolation after the bitter disappointment of her exit from Junior Wimbledon.

“I was absolutely delighted - I stayed focused and motivated and fought hard when I needed to. My serve, in particular, was good, and I managed to send down nine aces.” Karola said.

It was a good day all round for Windsor on Saturday in Dublin as Jakob Robb, again defied the seedings at the Castleknock junior tournament to win the U16 final.

Unseeded Robb had a 6-3, 4-6, 6-1 win over third-ranked Luke Troy as he beat his third seeded player in succession.

But there was disappointment for Bangor’s Jordan McKeown in the U-14 semi final as he went down 7-6, 3-6. 7-5 to Jack Collins.

 

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