15 Jun 2024

Seven nations' athletes reached the final day at Teqball World Series Tulsa

Who can stop the Brazilians and the Romanians in their quest to be Tulsa King?

After the mixed doubles played all matches except the final on Day 1 of the Teqball World Series Tulsa, the tournament continued with the women's and men's doubles where two nations stood out.

In women’s doubles, the 10 pairs were drawn into two groups. In Group A, almost everything happened according to the odds as the two Brazilian units finished on top of the pack. Last year’s World Championship’s bronze medallists Ester Viana Mendes/Vania Moraes da Cruz did not lose a set until they met their countrywomen, Leticia Luzorio Barbosa/Patricia Mayara Nardy. The two teams went toe-to-toe and played an exciting three-setter with the former winning it 2:1, thus taking the group as well. Luzorio Barbosa/Mayara Nardy finished off their other rivals with an immaculate record and moved on to the semifinals, too.

In Group B, the twosome of singles European champion Kinga Barabasi (ROU) and 2022 singles world champ Carolyn Greco (USA) proved to be as dominant as expected: they did not allow more than 7 points in any sets, averaging 3,25/set! The battle for 2nd position was much tighter than in the other group. After all, it was Kindall Kaufmann/Stephanie Brito (USA/POR) who outdueled Kitti Torok/Christine Kwon (HUN/USA) and two-time WCh doubles runner-up Margaret Osmundson, who teamed up with Nancy Avesyan (USA).

„It's part of the journey that I got the bronze in XD and reached the semis in WD. The fact that we beat Greco yesterday gave me extra confidence. I like to appreciate every milestone, so I am happy for the bronze but like to have goals, so tomorrow I will fight for new heights” – said the understandably upbeat Kindall Kaufmann.

The contenders made no mistake during the group phase in the men’s doubles: Nikola Mitro/Bogdan Marojevic (SRB), Apor Gyorgydeak/Szabolcs Ilyes (ROU) and Julien Grondin/Bartlomiej Franczuk (FRA/POL) won their respective groups without conceding a set, and Group D winners Leonardo Lindoso de Almeida/Leonardo Santana (BRA) also finished on top but dropped one game to Colombians Joshua Bello/Jose Ricardo Oviedo Amortegui. However, their journey ended in the hands of the 3-time world champion Serbs in the quarterfinals, who will face Grondin/Franczuk in the semis after they eliminated another international duo, Frankie Diaz/Bruno Milhomens (USA/BRA). On the lower bracket, the two Leonardos knocked out fellow Brazilians Joao Barreto/Pedro Henrique Lube Vallado, and will meet the Romanians in the other semifinal, who bounced fan-favourites Luka Pilic/Dennis Correia (USA).

For the tournament's final day, we will move outdoors, as the last 7 matches will be played at 6th Street and Boston Avenue, offering an electrifying outdoor and urban atmosphere. The schedule starts at 10 AM with the four semi-finals in women's and men's doubles.

In mixed doubles, Lindoso de Almeida/ Moraes da Cruz (BRA) will face Barabasi/Gyorgydeak (ROU). The two sides met for the first time-ever in the Last 16 of Teqball World Series Madrid. Although the Europeans triumphed in two sets, both of them were close and the Brazilians are one of the most experienced duos together as played 84 and won 68 of them. 

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