07 Jun 2024

History was made on D2 in Quy Nhon

Teqball World Series Quy Nhon continued with 32 participants in men's singles category 

Storm stopped the finalization of the top 4 in men's singles, but the fans were not lack of jaw-dropping clashes. The rain left and the high temperature kicked in on Day 2 of the Teqball World Series Quy Nhon. At least, that is what happened until the last sets of the final rounds when Teqball family experienced what a real Monsoon is.

The main contenders like 2022 world champ Apor Gyorgydeak (ROU), four-time world champ Adam Blazsovics (HUN), Frenchman Lionel Beyer, Madrid’s bronze medallist Boonkoom Tipwong (THA), and Polish aces Marek Pokwap and Patryk Kaminski cruised through their respective groups without giving up a set. The two Brazilian Leonardos, Lindoso de Almeida and Santana finished second in Group H and B, while C and D brought many memorable battles. In the former, Kirill Zemskov (NTA) needed three sets against 2021 WCh silver medallist Julian Grondin (FRA) and Jon Nielsen (GER) to earn first place, while in the latter, Tunisian Yassine Sahli went to overtime in the 3rd set against Hidayat Ur Rehman (PAK) to finish him off and win the group.

Home player Do Thanh Vinh debuted and became the very first Vietnamese Teqball player ever competing. The euphoria quickly flew away as he finished fourth in Group A, but still loved the event:

„It is a wonderful feeling that I debuted among the best. Clearly, there is a long way ahead of me, but I love Teqball and one of my dreams is to qualify for the World Teqball Championships.”

In the next phase, Gyorgydeak maintained his high level of play, eliminating Santana in the Round of 16, and then Sahli in the quarterfinals. Pokwap also earned himself a spot in the semifinals (where he will face Gyorgydeak) by defeating Grondin, then his fellow Polish Kaminski. Beyer advanced to the top 8 after a victorious overtime in the 3rd set versus Nigerian Victor Ademoye Oyemade. He was close to tying his match against Blazsovics, when thunder struck the beach of Quy Nhon after the Frenchman led to 8:4 in the second set. This match, and the Tipwong–Szabolcs Ilyes (ROU) where the European led 1:0 after the first set was suspended. The matches will be continued from 8:30 AM (GMT+7).

On Saturday, the men’s doubles will step to the tables. Csaba Banyik/Balazs Katz (HUN) tries to repeat after their tournament win in Teqball World Series Madrid and the group stage should not be problematic for them. The same applies to their countrymen, Adam Bako/Matyas Odnoga, Brazilians Lindoso de Almeida/Santana, Thais Phakpong Dejaroen/Tipwong, and the international twosomes of Gyorgydeak/Blazsovics, Bartlomiej Franczuk/Grondin, Ilyes/Pokwap. They are all favoured to win their groups, and if they do so, expect some fireworks in the following rounds, where the contenders are going to turn the heat up!

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