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Saturday 16 December 2017

Magee falls at final hurdle in Bulgaria

Chloe Magee reached the women's singles finals at the Bulgarian International in Sofia, only losing to top seed and home favourite Petya Nedelcheva.

She had beaten Bulgarian and Ukrainian opposition on her way to the final.

At the Ulster Open in Lisburn, Scott Burnside beat 17-year-old Ruaraidh Sim to win the men's singles final. Sim had narrowly beaten Leinster's Niall Tierney in a gruelling three-set semi-final lasting 53 minutes.

In the final, Sim won the opening set, but Burnside then raised his game, taking the middle set 21-18 and then wrapping up the match 21-13 in the third.

That match lasted 50 minutes; even longer was the women's singles final where Lisburn's 13-year-old Alannah Stephenson took an hour to beat Leinster's Jennie King.

Stephenson took the opener 21-15 but King, who had also made the women's doubles and mixed finals, composed herself and narrowly took the middle set 19-21.

A battling final set saw the Northern Ireland youngster coming through to win 22-20.

In the men's doubles, former Irish champion Bruce Topping paired up with brother Mark for the first time in a number of years. They duly made the final, but lost to Dan Magee and Tierney.

In a repeat of the Autumn Open women's doubles final, King and Fiona Glennon beat Karen Bing and Crona Rooney in straight sets.

Bing and Mark Topping won the mixed doubles, beating King and 18-year- old Stuart Lightbody from Lisburn.

Bing, Gellon, King, Tierney and Mark Topping have all been selected for the Leinster team to play in the Badminton England Intercounty Championships on the weekend of November 13.

Leinster has won promotion for the past few years, but will have a tough struggle to stay in the Premier B Division -- just one division off the top.

They will face host county Kent as well as Lancashire and Hampshire in the opening round of matches.

Full team -- Women: Karen Bing, Pauline Glennon, Fiona Glennon, Kirsty Kelly, Jenny King.

Men: Eddie Cousins, David Gannon, Joe Ledwidge, Ronan McGee, Niall Tierney, Mark Topping.

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