Maria Delcheva won back-to-back titles

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Maria Delcheva won back-to-back titles


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Maria Delcheva won back-to-back titles


9/26/2017 3:32 PM

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Emma Lollike

Bulgarian Junior player, Maria Delcheva has had a successful September. During the three recent BEC (Badminton Europe) Junior Circuit tournaments, she has won a total of 3 titles out of 4 possible.

Delcheva, 17, participated in Lithuanian Junior (8-10 September) and Ukraine Junior (13-16 September), in both women’s singles and women’s doubles, which resulted in three titles wins.

The Bulgarian junior player took back-to-back victories in both Lithuania and Ukraine, including the women’s doubles title in the last mentioned with partner Hristomira Popovska.

— To win two tournaments in a row in a time period of two weeks was a big challenge for me but I managed to do it and I am really happy with it, Delcheva tells Badminton Europe.

New focus
— I felt really happy about winning in Ukaine and Lithuania but this is only the beginning, she explains.

— I have already forgotten them and am now focusing on the World Junior Championships and the next tournaments ahead. 

The goal for the ambitious Bulgarian is to qualify for the Youth Olympic Games in 2018.

Several repeaters
Delcheva was not the only player who took more than one title at a single tournament. In Lithuania, Georgii Karpov from Russia did not settle with the men’s singles title, but won the men’s doubles event with Mikhail Lavrikov against Karl Kert and Marcus Lõo from Estonia; 21-18, 21-11.

Lavrikov even beat his doubles partner in the mixed doubles final with Anastasiia Shapovalova; 18-21, 21-13, 24-22. And Shapovalova completed the tendency of ‘double wins’ in Lithuania as she won the women’s doubles with Anastasia Osiyanenko.

Ukrainian Danylo Bosniuk beat all those accomplishments by winning men’s singles, men’s doubles and mixed doubles at Ukraine Junior.

Belgian Junior from 22-24 September, was the only of the three recent tournaments that saw different winners in all events.

Winners of Lithuanian Junior 2017 
MS: Georgii Karpov [4] RUS
WS: Maria Delcheva [2] BUL
MD: Georgii Karpov/Mikhail Lavrikov [1] RUS
WD: Anastasia Osiyanenko/Anastasiia Shapovalova RUS
XD: Mikhail Lavrikov/Anastasiia Shapovalova [2] RUS

Winners of Ukraine Junior 2017
MS: Danylo Bosniuk [3] UKR
WS: Maria Delcheva [1] BUL
MD: Danylo Bosniuk/Danylo Shevchenko UKR
WD: Maria Delcheva/Hristomira Popovska [2] BUL
XD: Danylo Bosniuk/Yevgeniya Paksyutova [2] UKR

Winners of Belgian Junior 2017
MS: Shiau Cheng Chen [1] TPE
WS: Vaishnavi Reddy Jakka [2] IND
MD: Zach Russ/Steven Stallwood [3] ENG
WD: Molly Chapman/Freya Patel-Redfearn [1] ENG
XD: Callum Hemming/Fee Teng Liew [3]

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