Can the Thais defend their home soil and sweep the golds?
One week after the exciting round in Qingdao, Teqball Tour visits Koh Samui, Thailand for a much-anticipated event with all the stars who shined in China.
45 doubles in 3 categories (women’s, men’s, and mixed doubles) will face off in the Thai city.
The women’s doubles consists of only 7 teams, but almost all are contenders. We have the Thai duos of Jutatip Kuntatong/Suphawadi Wongkhamchan and Jariya Seesawad/Areeya Homdee, who took over the competition in Qingdao and we should not expect less from them on home soil. Zsanett Janicsek and Kinga Barabasi won the bronze medal in China and want to improve that result and make the final.
Margaret Osmundson is back after missing the tournament a week ago and will team up with Brazilian Rafaella Fontes. Osmundson’s usual partner, individual world champion Carolyn Greco will participate alongside Andrea Gomez, and we will also have Quimcy Dsouza/Chelsea Dsilva from India and Akyko Micheel Kapito/Gabriella Jessica Pongbura from Indonesia.
The top four men’s doubles of the Qingdao event will show up in Koh Samui, so a high level of play is guaranteed. Phakpong Dejaroen/Uthen Kukheaw came really close to winning it all but Balazs Katz/Csaba Banyik edged them out in three sets in the final. The home crowd can give them the boost to take the last step toward victory, but the Hungarians have only one goal: to bring another trophy home. Apor Gyorgydeak/Szabolcs Ilyes finished third last weekend but were one point away from the final so they do not have to look for bigger motivation. The same applies to Frankie Diaz/Bartlomiej Franczuk who missed their chance to stand on the podium and Adam Blazsovics/Martin Csereklye also aim to improve their Chinese result. They will not have an easy way though as the field includes two more pairs from Thailand, and we will see teams from India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Japan, and the Philippines, too.
As per the mixed doubles, the case is similar: all the previous semifinalists are back with the same line-up, including the two Thai units. However, it is not only them who could be in contention for medals as four more twosomes from the host country enter the competition. Blazsovics and Csereklye will join forces with home teqers, too (Orathai Sukpama and Paphanin Sihanok, respectively), so the audience will have many options and players to cheer for. Osmundson/Gyorgydeak are definitely a team to keep an eye on, too, so as Greco/Diaz and Fontes/Marcos Vieira.
Follow the event live on MONO Next and on our YouTube channel and enjoy the spectacular moves by the players!