Thai teqers officially enter the elite in the newest World Ranking
The summer of 2023 is in the books, and during its final month, August, Teqball moved to Asia for two great events of Teqball Tour: the first was held in Qingdao, China and the second took place in Koh Samui, Thailand. These events brought great results to many Thai players, and this is clearly shown in the newest World Rankings.
In the women’s doubles, the top 10 remained the same: two-time World Champion Zsanett Janicsek retained her position in the lead with fellow Hungarian and two-time World and European Champion, Lea Vasas coming in second, followed by two Americans, single’s World Champ Carolyn Greco and Margaret Osmundson.
For the first time, we can find players from Thailand close to the top: Qingdao and Koh Samui winners Suphawadi Wongkhamchan and Jutatip Kuntatong both cracked the top 20 with the former leaping up to Nr. 14 and the latter standing at 19th. Their countrywomen, Areeya Homdee and Jariya Seesawad also made significant moves upward by winning a silver in China and a bronze on home soil. Seesawad’s 33-spot improvement is the second highest within the top 100 – Quincy DSouza from India gained 55 spots to reach Nr. 99.
Csaba Banyik and Balazs Katz saw their 11-month-long undefeated streak come to an end in late July, but they wasted no time to get back in the winning column. The European Champions took over Asia and swept the tour with two golds. While it was not enough for them to overtake the three-time World Champions, Nikola Mitro and Bogdan Marojevic in the World Rankings, they erased most of their deficit and Banyik is now only 1104 points behind Marojevic. Dennis Correia retook the 10th place from Julien Grondin, and similarly to the women’s rankings, the men’s doubles saw tremendous jumps by Thai teqers. Phakpong Dejaroen and Uthen Kukheaw finished second and third in Qingdao and Koh Samui, respectively, and it resulted in a 39-spot progress for both of them, now they are tied at 33rd. Jirati Chanlian and Sorrasak Thaosiri made the final in Thailand, and with that, Chanlian improved from 277th to 85th, while Thaosiri entered the rankings at 114th.
In the mixed doubles, the top 8 stood still, the only change is Hugo Rabeaux passed Maja Umicevic for the 9th spot. To nobody’s surprise, Thai medals meant huge leapfrogs for the players: Wongkhamchan and Dejaroen are now ranked 32nd compared to August when they were 56th. Single’s European Champion Kinga Barabasi continues to rise in the mixed rankings, and after a gold and a bronze medal from Asia, she sits now at Nr. 30.
The club rankings remained the same as the newly formed Taksonyi Teqball Sport Egyesület leads ahead of Teqball Liman and GOBEK Teqball Team.
In September, the events in Rio de Janeiro and Pula offer the players new challenges and opportunities to improve their spots.
The FITEQ World Ranking list is refreshed after each month when the gained points will be added while the credits that came later than two years will be taken away.