06 Jun 2024

Two powerhouses ruled D1 in Quy Nhon

The Teqball World Series debuted in Asia in Quy Nhon, Vietnam when the category's powerhouses once again stood out.

Summer in Vietnam is more than friendly with the heat waves and storms. However, on Day 1 of the Teqball World Series Quy Nhon miraculously was not affected by rain. Fortunately, organizers and players managed to finish the planned schedule, which means that only four teams remained in contention in the mixed doubles category.

Top-seeded Krisztina Acs/Csaba Banyik had no problem in the first two rounds of the group stage, sweeping their opponents from the Philippines and China, respectively. However, in their third match against Thai stars Areeya Homdee/Sorrasak Thaosiri, they dropped the first set by five points, they recovered successfully and completed the comeback, which meant they won Group A with the Thais coming in second place.

The other groups played out according to the odds: in B, world champions Suphawadi Wongkhamchan/Phakpong Dejaroen (THA) made no mistake. They finished on top with a +66 point differential, and the Polish duo of Ewa Kaminska/Patryk Kaminski also advanced at 2nd place. Group C was dominated by the other Hungarian team of Gabriella Kota/Balazs Katz, while Group D saw two more Thai twosomes proceeding with Jutatip Kuntatong/Jirati Chianliang and Jariya Seesawad/Pornthep Wapisiri.

The favourites once again dictated the pace in the quarterfinals and advanced relatively easily, except Acs/Banyik, who played two incredibly tight sets against Seesawad/Wapisiri, winning both of them by the score of 12:11. So the semifinals are set and we are going to have a Hungarian-Thai clash in the finals, as the two remaining Hungarian and Thai duos will face their compatriots in the semis.

On Day 2, the men’s singles competition starts with the group phase and the quarterfinals. The 32 participants are drawn into 8 groups of four, and the first round promises some exciting clashes. In Group A, 2022 world champ and current WR number 1 Apor Gyorgydeak (ROU) will face dark horse Matyas Odnoga (HUN), and then in Group B, the record world champion Adam Blazsovics (HUN) will go against Brazilian Leonardo Santana. In Group E, we have the super-talented Marek Pokwap from Poland and the sole home player, Do Thanh Vinh. And we have not mentioned Julien Grondin and Lionel Beyer (both from France), Boonkoom Tipwong (THA), Leonardo Lindoso de Almeida (BRA), and the always spectacular Bartlomiej Franczuk (POL), so this field is full of contenders.

The contest starts at 7:00 AM (local), and you can follow the actions on TEQ TV on YouTube!