21 Nov 2023

WTC23 - Who will win in women's singles after the hectic 2023 season?

The World Ranking's best teqers are in Bangkok for the shiniest trophy in women's singles.

We are only days away from what will be a historical event, the World Teqball Championships 2023. It is going to be the first WCh to be held outside of Europe as Bangkok will host the tournament with a record number of participants, having 211 athletes representing 61 countries.

We will have 38 women to fight for the singles title, and the list starts with none other than the defending champion, Carolyn Greco. The American is ready to make it two in a row, and this time does not have to face the 2021 winner and WR Nr 1. Anna Izsak, who will miss the event. Instead of her, Zsanett Janicsek will represent Hungary, who won the European Championships earlier this year and the Worlds in 2022 in doubles (both times with Lea Vasas), also has a gold and a bronze in mixed doubles, but in Thailand, the singles category is the only one she takes on.

Kinga Barabasi from Romania made it to the quarterfinal a year ago, then conquered the old continent to become Teqball’s first individual European Champion in June. 18-year-old Nanna Lind Kristensen from Denmark made the most resounding splash in Krakow by defeating Janicsek in the singles quarterfinals and eventually ended up with a bronze and is definitely eager to add another one to her collection.

Amelie Julian from France should also contend for the podium after finishing 4th in Nuremberg last year, then 2nd in Krakow at the EG. Brazilian Rafaella Fontes can also be considered a favorite, and she knows what it takes to get to the end games: at the young age of 22, she is already a proud owner of one gold and two bronze medals from the World Teqball Championships, with one from the latter coming in last year’s singles competition.

Everybody should keep their eyes on home player Jutatip Kuntatong, who put together a solid performance in Nuremberg and only lost to Fontes in the overtime of the third set in the Round of 8. Though she did not compete internationally in singles in 2023, she is undefeated in doubles, winning three Teqball Tours alongside Suphawadi Wongkhamchan. Serbian Anastasija Lemajic, Polish Agnieszka Rybicka and Italian Mara D’Alessandro also travel to Bangkok in hopes of achieving a great result, while Chiao-Hsin Yen (Chinese Taipei) and Antonija Vranic (Croatia) will make history as they lead their respective countries to their first ever appearance on the biggest stage.

The women’s singles schedule will kick off with the group stages in the Hua Mak Arena on November 29, and the semifinals and the medal matches will be hosted by the Bangkok Arena on December 2.

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