USA’s Carolyn Greco and Romania’s Apor Györgydeák win first World Championship titles
USA’s Carolyn Greco defeated Hungary’s Anna Izsák 2-0 (12-4, 12-11) to win her first ever World Championship title, on the final day of the Teqball World Championships 2022.
The Championships, which have seen five days of competition at the 4,000-seater Kia Metropol Arena in Nuremberg, Germany, ended today with the finals in the women’s and men’s singles, men’s and women’s doubles and the mixed doubles.
Greco said, “It means the world to me to win the singles championship. I have been training very hard, and I am really happy to see my hard work pay off.”
Apor Györgydeák also had a clear win against Poland’s Adrian Duszak 2-0 (12-8, 12-6) in the men’s singles final. This was also Györgydeák’s first world title having just missed out in the men’s doubles last year, when he came away with a silver.
Györgydeák said, “This is an amazing day for me and such an achievement, I am more motivated than ever to continue working harder and harder.”
In the men’s doubles final, Bogdan Marojevic and Nikola Mitro (SRB), fought a tight match against Adam Bako and Adam Blazsovics (HUN), winning 2-1 (12-9, 11-12, 14-12). This was the third World Championship title for the Marojevic – Mitro duo, having won their first World Championship in 2018 when they were representing Montenegro, and then again in 2021 and 2022 for Serbia. Today’s final was an exhilarating match with the third set which carried over 12 points (14-12).
A further first today was the gold medal and Championship title for winning duo Adam Bako and Lea Vasas (HUN) in the mixed doubles final against Brazilians Leonardo Lindoso and Vania Moraes, which ended 2-0 (12-6, 12-11) to the Hungarians. Bako and Vasas were on fine form and showed their hunger for the title beating off the 2021 World Championship silver medallists. The Hungarian champions had already beaten the reigning World Champions Csaba Bányik and Zsett Janicsek, earlier in the year in a qualification event in Hungary, and today showed their fortitude in defeating the Brazilian duo.
Last year’s mixed doubles World Champion Zsanett Janicsek, and the newly crowned mixed doubles World Champion Lea Vasas, competed together today in the women’s doubles final and won the gold medal. Vasas and Janicsek (HUN) were up against Carolyn Greco and Margaret Osmundson (USA) and won 2-1 (11-12, 12-7, 12-6) fighting back from a set behind.
To add to the drama of the fierce final day of competition a men’s double demonstration match took place between Thailand and Brazil which was won by the acrobatic Thais who have displayed their spectacular aerial movements throughout the week, winning admiration from even their fiercest opponents.
The finals medal ceremony concluded another highly successful 2022 Teqball World Championships, with the fifth edition of the sport’s ultimate showcase gathering more than 181 athletes from 48 countries and watched by many fans throughout the week and hundreds of thousands more via the Teq TV platform.