Mariya Mitsova is confident ahead of Bulgarian International that commences today. (Photo: Badminton Europe)
Opportunities for Bulgarian youngsters on home soil
Date: 10/2/2017 3:16 PM
Published by : Mireille Daal Van
The Bulgarian international starts this week in Sofia. Several young players from different European countries are participating in this future series tournament. Also, home country Bulgaria is well represented with their young players. 

One of these players is women’s singles favourite for the tournament win, Mariya Mitsova. Besides women’s singles she is also playing mixed doubles with Dimitar Yanakiev where they are fourth seeded. 

- I am confident to full fill my seeded positions, since I had a pretty good summer tournament. Of course, I feel the pressure of being first seeded and playing in my home country, but in the end every tournament challenges the players ability to perform under pressure, Mitsova says to Badminton Europe. 

Other seeded Bulgarian players are Alex Vlaar, who is seeded fifth in men’s single and men’s doubles pair Peyo Boichinov and Ivan Panev, seeded fourth.

Tough draw in men’s singles
Favourite for the men’s singles is Daniel Chislov from Isreal. He has to overcome Ilias Xanthou from Greece in the first round.

Another favourite in this event, Kyrylo Leonov (Ukraine) has a tougher draw as he has to play the experienced Giovanni Greco (Italy) in the first round. 

Former top 100 player, Murat Sen (Turkey), is playing qualification. This year he has started to play more tournaments again and is a player who could also challenge the other seeded players in men’s singles.

Italy is well represented in the doubles
Mixed doubles favourites for the tournament are Kevin Stroble and Silvia Garino. Another Italian pair Lukas Osele and Lisa Iversen are second seeded in this event. 

Kevin and Lukas are also playing men’s doubles together, as for Lisa and Silvia. Both pairs are also favourites in these events to win the tournament. Furthermore, Lukas Osele is also playing men’s singles where he is sixth seeded, so it will be a tough tournament for him. 

Either way, the Bulgarian International promises to be an exciting tournament for European young players to show themselves! The tournament starts on Thursday with qualification in men’s singles, women’s singles and mixed doubles.

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