USA Players Compete in Semi-Finals in Two Categories at World Teqball Championships 2023
4 December 2023
Teqball USA today announces that top United States Teqball athletes advanced to compete against the world's best Teqers in the World Teqball Championships semi-finals taking place this weekend in Bangkok, Thailand.
The top Teqball players from across the globe have been competing at Bangkok's Hua Mak Stadium since November 29 to qualify to compete in the finals and take home the top honors of World Teqball Champion and a grand prize of $250,000. Today, last year's reigning champion, Carolyn Greco fought to hold onto her title but came up short, finishing fourth as she lost in the semi-final against the home player Jutatip Kuntatong, and also came short against the European Champion Kinga Barabasi in two sets in the bronze medal game. Greco has one final chance for gold as she and her partner Kimberly Baker are set to compete in the Women's Doubles semi-finals round tomorrow, December 3. This marks the sixth annual world championships and the first Teqball championships organized outside of Europe, where the sport was founded.
"Although I am in great form, today was a bad day for me. I was unlucky multiple times but I still think that I am the best female Teqball player in the world," Greco said after finishing fourth in Women's singles. "I have shifted my focus to the women's doubles because I would really like to return home with at least one medal," she continued as she prepares for her final chance for gold."
The World Teqball Championships 2023 has drawn a record number of players, at 211, and set a record number of total matches, at 404 across Women's Singles, Men's Singles, Men's Doubles, Women's Doubles, and Mixed Doubles. In addition, 61 nations, the most in Teqball history, have been represented in Bangkok - showcasing the massive growth of the sport's global popularity.
"It's amazing seeing our US athletes compete against the very best Teqball players in the world and advance for the chance to take home the top prize in multiple categories," said Daniel Szabo, USA Teqball CEO. "I'm thrilled for them and though it was a tough loss today for Carolyn, I am excited to tune in tomorrow to see all the players' action and how Carolyn and Kimberly do!"
Ronaldinho Gaúcho, widely regarded as one of the greatest players of all time, and Teqball ambassador, has been in the Bangkok Arena this weekend attending the finals and participating in a gala match, while also doing a meet and greet with the fans attending.