Perhaps my emphasis on Ulsing success in this event after coming out of the qualifying is over played. Maybe I’m acting a little bit too surprised by this result, because the fact is it’s not that big of a surprise based on the caliber of his play. The Dane may have dropped far down the rankings, but his play is as strong as ever. Few on the tour would be surprised by the fact that he is now in the final in Bulgaria, but I can assure you that Magnus Sahlberg did not expect to lose 21-12, 21-8 in the semi-finals to Ulsing. Of course he benefited from the withdrawal of the event’s top seed, but nonetheless he would have been a contender all the same. Now he will face Scotland’s Kieran Merrilees who knocked out England’s Harry Wright 21-12, 22-20. While on paper Merrilees is the favourite, I’m sure he won’t be taking Ulsing lightly.

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Bulgarian International Championships 2009 Draws

From the beginning of this year’s EBU circuit at the Belgian International, Denmark’s Rune Ulsing has had to fight his way through the qualifying rounds, and so far at each tournament he has disposed of numerous higher ranked players to show his true worth. This week his latest victim is Jan Vondra, the fifth seeded player hailing from Czech Republic, 21-10, 21-10. Next he will face Sweden’s Henri Hurskainen, the third seed at this event. Another qualifier causing a stir is Sweden’s Magnus Sahlberg who knocked out the sixth seed Vladimir Malkov 21-14, 21-15, to book himself a place in the quarter-finals tomorrow.

Hometown favourite, and top seeded Petya Nedelcheva has proven her seed thus far after a close encounter with Tatiana Bibik winning in two games 21-19, 21-19. She now plays surprise quarter-finalist Shuang Li who snuck past Fontaine Chapman 21-13, 12-21, 23-21. Another hometown hopeful Linda Zechiri booked herself a place in the quarter-finals after defeating Denmark’s Anne Hald Jensen 21-15, 21-17.

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Bulgarian International Championships 2009 Draws

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