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Petya Wins Bulgaria Event

Nedelcheva delighted the home crowd by winning the women's singles competition, with the world number 19 scoring a confident 21-11, 21-15 victory over her Scottish opponent Susan Hughes.

Nedelcheva is regarded as the next big hope from Europe to challenge the might of Asian players, especially those from China.

Adding to her reputation was the fact that she was able to beat two Asian players on the way to the final. First she defeated Japan's Ayane Kurihara before needing three games to overcome China's Xi Zhang 21-11, 18-21, 21-17.

Before that, she had easy victories over Croatia's Stasa Paznanovich and Russian players Tatyana Bibik.

Japan's Yuichi Ikeda was the star of the men's singles tournament, which he won by beating Estonia's Raul Must 21-17, 22-20 in the final.

In the quarter-finals, Ikeda caused an upset when he defeated the top seed from Taiwan, Hsieh Yu-hsin.

All the doubles competitions were won by Russian pairs. In the women's doubles, the top seeds from Russia Valeria Sorokina and Nina Vislova strolled into the semi-finals, where they came up against the Taiwanese.

Despite a tough battle, the Russian ladies prevailed in the final, winning in three games.

Their opponents in the final were Sweden's El Lennartson and E. Wengberg, who had upset the Japanese pairing of Yuka Hayashi and Yakina Imura in the last eight.

They also played well in the final but the Russians were able to hold it together to win 12-21, 22-20, 22-20.

Top seeds Vitaliy Durkin and A. Nikolaenko won the men's doubles competition, beating Poland's Adam Cwalina and W. Szkudlarczyk 21-23, 21-12, 22-20 in a closely fought match.

It was a tight match that could have gone either way but the Russians managed to win the crucial point in the deciding game that gave them the title.

There was more gold for Vislova and Durkin as they paired up to win the mixed doubles title.

In the final, they met the pair of V. Atrashenkov and Elena Prus, of Ukraine. However, the Russian duo were in commanding form and stormed to a 21-16, 21-10 victory.

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