Janicsek’s great form brings her closer to TOP3 in singles
As January has past and FITEQ’s busiest season ever with two excellent events began, it is time to take a look at the world ranking.
Teqball connected Skopje, capital of North Macedonia and Los Angeles, one of the best-known city of USA as both towns hosted Teqball tournaments during the last weekend of 2023’s first month. While in Skopje in five categories prizes were handed out, in LA only doubles played.
In women’s singles Zsanett Janicsek won back-to-back in Skopje after triumphed in her previous single competition in Budapest in 2022 either. She was considered as doubles specialist however she changed her focus more on singles in order to victory in this category at the European Games in Kraków and also to become the first teqer ever who wins in three different categories as she succeeded at the world championships both in women’s doubles in 2022 and in mixed a year before. With her performance, she jumped another three positions and starts February as seventh. The list is still led by the Hungarian Anna Izsak and the current world champion Carolyn Greco.
“I am very happy that I won because this year my focus is on the singles and I want to qualify to the world championships in this category as well.” – said Janicsek after the final against Gabriella Kota.
Kota finished as silver medallist in Jane Sandanski Sports Centre and quickly bounced 19 spots to the 13th.
Although the four-times world champion Blázsovics Ádám beat the title holder Apor Györgydeák, the Romanian teqer still leads the world ranking in men’s single while the three-times world champion bronze medallist Duszak came up to the podium’s third spot as he finished as fourth in Skopje and Julian Grondin did not participate due to injury.
One of the biggest surprises was caused by Lionel Beyer who climbed up twelve places after he knocked out the Hungarian Barna Kovacsfi (WR25) in the last 16, then advanced against Martin Csereklye (WR9) another Hungarian and only Duszak stopped him in three very close sets.
The only 17 years old Marek Pokwap from Poland was another huge gainer and jumped ahead 13 positions at the world ranking.
In women’s doubles the two leading doubles Vasas/Janicsek & Greco/Osmundson both won however as points expires after two years and there were plenty of challenger cups in the US in 2021, the two-times world champion silver medallist pair lost more credit than the Hungarians.
The newcomers Péchy/Vicsek at their debut event in women’s doubles already finished as third which helped them to took over 6 & 13 positions.
After the Bányik/Katz duo heroically beat the world champion title holder Serbians Mitro/Marojevic defending five match points in a row in men’s doubles, the Hungarians came closer to them in the world ranking. As the French twosome Rabeux/Grondin did not compete and Corriea/Pilic won in the city of angels they swapped places.
Vasas/Bako are closing the gap as they continuously triumph in the mixed doubles category while the current world ranking leader Janicsek/Banyik duo decided to use their talent in singles. As the French couple Rabeux/Julian beat Mitro & Umicevic the difference became smaller.
The USA Teqball Tour winner mixed double Osmundson/Pilic jumped up 6 & 5 positions while the usually in different categories competing Greco/Diaz improved by 23 and 28 spots. Vicsek/Odnoga who finished as fourth gathered enough point to rise 11 and 8 places.
The Teqball world ranking list refreshed after each month when the gained points will be added while the credits came later than two years will be taken away.