23 Jun 2024

Hungary triumphed in the doubles, Romania in the singles in Grindsted

At the first international Teqball event in Denmark, the powerhouses left no doubt.

This Friday, Saturday and Sunday were exceptional at MAGION Culture- and Sports Center in Grindsted, Denmark, where FITEQ for the first time hosted an event on Danish soil.

Teqball Tour Grindsted started with a great atmosphere with lots of families attending the event. The spectators were spoiled with multiple nail-biting games, nice tricks and real emotions.

The Women’s Singles started with fast and strong games, where some players already showed high class. Moving on to the knock-out phase Hungarian Anna Izsak and Amelie Julian (FRA) met in one of the semi-finals, where especially Julian was very invested and emotional about the game and her win in the second and third sets.

At last Amelie Julian and Kinga Barabasi reached the final, where the Romanian Barabasi took the grand win at last after only two sets (10:12, 7:12). The happy winner is at this moment ranked number four in the world ranking.

Women’s Singles

Amelie Julian (FRA)-Kinga Barabasi (ROU) 0:2 (-10,-7)

“I'm very happy with the win today, even though it was a bit tough when I recently played in the USA. But I'm just thrilled to have won,” said the winner.

In Men’s Singles, there were a lot of tight games all day. One of the games that was especially remarkable was the semi-final between Hungarian Martin Csereklye and French Hugo Rabeux. Especially last-mentioned player showed a lot of emotions and attitude throughout the whole game.

The final battle was set between yet another Romanian and French player. This time it was the world champion of 2022, the current WR leader Apor Gyorgydeak and Hugo Rabeux, who played the last match. The outcome was a confident triumph for Gyorgydeak.

Men’s singles

Apor Gyorgydeak (ROU)-Hugo Rabeux (FRA) 2:0 (4,4)

“I was a bit tired before the match because of many games and a tournament in the USA recently. But when I went on the pitch, I had a good feeling and a lot of confidence that I would be able to win the match. The victory is perfect with the fact that I would like to keep my first place and fight for the gold at a world championship as well".

The games for Women’s Doubles have been exciting along the way with great wins and sore defeats. Only two games in the group ended to be played in three sets – the two games for Danish Mira Fænø Dahlmann and Nanna Lind Kristensen against Karina Zustakova (NTA - Neutral Teqball Athlete)/Mara Dalessandro (ITA) in round 1 and then against German Daytona Hansen and Nelly Wilke in round 3 of the group phase.

Women’s Doubles finals started with a lot of attitude from Hungarians Krisztina Acs and Gabrielle Kota against Hungarian Petra Pechy and Nora Vicsek, who turned around the first set. And made it tied after two sets. With a winning set for each team, the game ended up being decided in the third and last set, where Acs and Kota took the final win and gold medal.

Women’s Doubles

Krisztina Acs (HUN)/Gabriella Kota (HUN)-Petra Pechy (HUN)/Nora Vicsek (HUN) 2:1 (9,-6,4)

“We are very happy with this victory, especially because we lost against the same opponent last week at the domestic World Championships Qualifiers.” emphasized Kota.

For the men’s side in doubles, there were some quite exciting games with a lot of speed and interesting results. Who ended up in the final though were the world champion Hungarian pair Csaba Banyik and Balazs Katz competing against their fellow Adam Blazsovics and Serbian Nikola Mitro. In this final, a lot of emotions were shown especially the last-mentioned duo. The emotions made the referee give Mitro a yellow card for his behavior.

After two close sets, Banyik and Katz ended up winning in two close sets.

Men’s Doubles

Csaba Banyik (HUN)/Balazs Katz (HUN)-Adam Blazsovics (HUN)/Nikola Mitro (SRB) 2:0 (9,8)

"We were happy to take this win today – they were a new opponent for us, since we only played against them once and we consider this first place as a huge success”.

Some of the mixed double favorites are up for the big games, and what games they gave us! Two of the big couples are the ones who made it to the grand final – the last final of the event in Grindsted.

Romanian champions in Women’s Singles and Men’s Singles, Apor Gyorgydeak and Kinga Barabasi, played the final against Hungarian Gabrielle Kota and Balazs Katz – Katz who just won the Men’s Double right before this last game.

A good start in the first set for the Hungarians was swapped with a lot of quality from the Romanians, which cost a few close moments, before the Hungarians won the first set, and after that, the two European champions in singles had a convincing period of time in the second set, brought it home. The match and the competition ended with Kota&Katz on the top of the podium, after a win in the third set.

Mixed Doubles

Balazs Katz (HUN)/Gabriella Kota (HUN)-Kinga Barabasi (ROU)/Apor Gyorgydeak (ROU) 2:1 (7,-10,8)

“We have never played against Barabasi and Gyorgydeak as they teamed up this year. We wanted to play our game. We did not succeed with that in the second set, but in our one-minute break, we managed to focus on our tactic. We trust our abilities and we train a lot, so we know what we are capable of,” - said Kota about the important win.

The season continues with Teqball World Series in Qingdao, China from 19 July to 21.