WR - After almost two years, new leader is on the top of Men's doubles
As we turn the calendar, step into 2024 and bid farewell to the busiest year in FITEQ's history, let’s take a look at who starts this year on the top of the World Rankings.
The results of the World Teqball Championship 2023 affected the rankings the most, so expect a nice shuffle in every category.
Starting with the women’s singles, World Champion Rafaella Fontes cracked the top 3, bronze medallist Kinga Barabasi shows up in the top 4, while silver medallist Jutatip Kuntatong catapulted herself into the top 8. One of the biggest risers is Lebanon's Kamar Dandal, who moved from Nr. 28 to all the way up to 15th, thanks to her appearance in the quarterfinals in Bangkok.
Anna Izsak still holds the top spot despite missing the majority of 2023, and 2022 champ Carolyn Greco (who finished 4th in 2023) stayed 2nd.
In the men’s singles, the new king Adrian Duszak overtook Adam Blazsovics for 2nd spot, while Apor Gyorgydeak kept the 1st seed. The bronze medallist Frenchman Hugo Rabeux jumped into the top 5 with his performance, and 4th-placed Brian Mengel Thomsen from Denmark follows him at Nr. 6 after his amazing run in Bangkok. Senegal's Mame Cheikh Fam opens the new season at 14th as the second best player from the African continent, Jonathan Coquelle (BEL) at 18th, Stoycho Zhekov (BUL) at 21st and Baptiste Berna (POR) at 34th, and Uthen Kukheaw (THA) makes his debut at 44th.
If we shift to the women’s doubles, we can see that Greco passed Lea Vasas for 2nd (thus starting 2024 with two 2nd positions). Vania Moraes da Cruz and Ester Viana Mendes moved up a couple of spots and now they both can be found in the top 10. World Champs Kuntatong and Suphawadi Wongkhamchan entered the top 15 with their victory, and the Lebanese duo of Dandal and Maria Chedid produced a nice improvement by climbing 9 spots each to crack the top 30. Zsanett Janicsek still stands on top of the rankings.
In the men’s doubles, we welcome the new champions, Csaba Banyik and Balazs Katz on the top after a historic 2023 season, crowned by a gold medal in Thailand. Their arch rivals, Nikola Mitro and Bogdan Marojevic slipped to 3rd and 4th, and silver medallists Matheus Ferraz and Rodrigo Bento Medeiros hopped from 20th to 10th. Mohamed Hafez and Lionel Beyer also rose significantly, and how about Ahmad Arabi, Arnold Szilagyi, Jean Thierry Beluz and Boonkoom Tipwong, who jumped 27, 30, 32 and a whopping 154 spots, respectively?
The mixed doubles ranking also starts with the name of Banyik, followed by back-to-back-to-back silver winners Vania Moraes da Cruz and Leonardo Lindoso de Almeida, both of them leapfrogged Zsanett Janicsek, Lea Vasas and Adam Bako. Katz switched places with Gyorgydeak at Nr 10, and champions Wongkhamchan and Phakpong Dejaroen skyrocketed to 15th from 31st. Take a look at Marek Pokwap, the young Polish starts 2024 at 47th after a 121-spot improvement and expect him to trend upwards in this year's competitions!