Thai debutants on World Ranking
The third month of 2023 was busiest so far. In March Dubai hosted the very first Teqball Tour in the Middle East, where only doubles competed, then as the third and fourth occasions of the European Games qualifiers, Madrid, then on the last days of March Podgorica organised Teqball events.
Although, only in women’s doubles changed the leader, with FITEQ’s brand new list, Club Ranking, many adjustments happened.
In women’s singles, as Anna Izsak won both in Madrid and in Podgorica, increased the difference to the category’s current world champion, Carolyn Greco. In the meantime, the French Amelie Julian, with her bronze medal from Madrid and fourth position from Podgorica as well as Krisztina Acs who gathered silver from the capitol of Spain overtook Rafaella Fontes.
Rita Mitri from Romania with her surprising performance and fourth place in Madrid jumped up 16 spots to the 26th.
Apor Gyorgydeak and Adam Blazsovics expropriated men’s singles in March as they played both finals in Madrid and Podgorica, and each time the current title holder triumphed over the record champion. Five-times world championships medallist, Adrian Duszak returned to the World Ranking podium after seventeen months hiatus.
The 17-years old Marek Pokwap with his sensational 5th place from Madrid climbed up 15 position to the 24th.
Only after one month, Lea Vasas and Zsanett Janicsek re-conquered the leader positions of women’s doubles. As the American Margaret Osmundson/Carolyn Greco duo did not compete in any events together, the change was inevitable. One of the biggest winners of March is the Petra Pechy/Nora Vicsek pair who gained their very first trophy in Madrid while returned home with bronze medals from Dubai as well as from Podgorica. Both of them are now in the top 20.
However, the Thai team shocked the teqers in Dubai, especially Suphawadi Wongkhamchan who won both in women’s & mixed doubles. The 28-years old, right-footed athlete reached the 28th place by overtaking 14 players who used to be ahead of her.
In mixed doubles Janicsek/Banyik started the month together in Dubai, however after the 5th place, the ‘King of smashes’ stepped to the table with a new partner, Krisztina Acs. The modification worked perfectly as the line stayed unbeaten in Madrid and in Podgorica. With the victories, Acs bettered her ranking with unbelievable 127 positions and hold the 24th.
The other huge jumper was Petra Pechy who gathered two silver medals and one fifth place in March, thus jumped up 88 slots. Pechy was not only one of the biggest improver in March but she managed to beat two different world champions with two different mates. In Dubai she and Blazsovics won over Banyik/Janicsek, then in Podgorica, along with Balazs Velkey, triumphed against Vasas/Bako. Velkey’s performance is highlighted on the list as he reached the top100 by jumping 111 places and currently holds the 63rd spot.
Banyik Csaba stayed immaculate with Balazs Katz in men’s doubles in March and closing to the leading Serbian duo.
At the brand new club ranking list, the leader Phoenix Teqball Academy increased the lead in front of Teqball Liman from Serbia. Led by the Pechy, Vicsek, Odnoga, Bako quartet, Steqerz overtook Monace Teqball & BellaTeq and owns the 4th spot.
The Thai clubs also appeared on the list as newcomers after the surprising debut in Dubai. Women's Thai Teqball Club is the 39th, Navy Thai Teqball is the 58th, while Chingmai Sport Club 61st.
The FITEQ 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.