Apor Györgydeák finally won gold in the men's singles ©FITEQ

Romanian world number one Apor Györgydeák finally realised his potential on the day of finals at the Teqball World Championships here in Nuremberg, winning an elusive men's singles gold medal with a victory over Poland's Adrian Duszak.

Györgydeák, who is still only 22, won bronze in 2019 when he was a teenager, but failed to make the podium in Gliwice last year, losing the bronze-medal match to Duszak, his opponent this year for gold.

Duszak had finished runner-up to three-time winner Ádám Blázsovics from Hungary in 2019 and was hoping to get the gold this time.

Although he would win his fourth medal in consecutive years, he could not overcome the Romanian prodigy who took the crown by a 12-8, 12-6 margin.

Duszak scrapped back from four points down to equalise in the first set, but Györgydeák's head did not drop this time, going on to win the first set before keeping a comfortable margin in the second - this time handling the pressure well.

Blázsovics took bronze with a victory over Luka Pilic from the United States.

In the women's singles gold-medal match, American Carolyn Greco was able to defeat last year's champion, Anna Izsák, to become the first world champion from the US.

Greco was dominant in the first set, completely outplaying her Hungarian opponent to lead 11-4.

However, it was more complicated in the second set, with Izsák taking the lead in a tight affair before Greco got back level thanks to the Hungarian clipping the net twice.

Izsák had the opportunity to take the match to a decider, but Greco equalised at 11-11 following a fantastic rally.

A mistake on the decider from Izsák gave Greco the victory, which she celebrated in emotional fashion.

The score finished 11-4, 12-11.

Bronze went to Brazilian Rafaella Fontes with a 12-6, 12-6 win against France's Amelie Julian.

Hungary lost an exhilarating men's doubles final to Serbia today ©FITEQ
Hungary lost an exhilarating men's doubles final to Serbia today ©FITEQ

In the match of the night, Serbians Nikola Mitro and Bogdan Marojevic won the men's doubles title in a dramatic three-set bout with Hungarians Ádám Blázsovics and Adam Bako.

After winning the first set by a relatively comfortable 12-9 margin, Mitro and Marojevic struggled in the second half of the second set and eventually lost 12-11, despite having been 9-4 up.

Both teams had match point in the decider after the contest went to 11-11 in the final set, which requires a two-point lead to win the match.

In cruel fashion, Blázsovics kicked the ball into his own face to give Serbia match point, with a great save from Marojevic over the table setting up Mitro to smash the ball between their opponents without response, with the match ending 12-9, 11-12, 14-12.

Györgydeák took bronze with team-mate Szabolcs Ilyes of Romania, defeating Brazilians Matheus Ferraz and Rodrigo Bento Medeiros 12-11, 12-10.

Hungary's first title of the Championships came in the mixed doubles final, with Lea Vasas and Adam Bako winning in straight sets 12-6, 12-11 against Brazilians Leonardo Lindoso and Vania Moraes.

A straightforward first set was followed by a classic series of hits from the 42-year-old Lindoso, who gave his side a fighting chance.

However, a Bako drop shot clipped the net and performed a quick double bounce on the Brazilian side of the table to end the match in favour of the Hungarians, who were apologetic in the way the match ended.

Bronze went to Adrian Duszak and Alicja Bartncika from Poland, beating Nikola Mitro and Maja Umicevic from Serbia 12-4, 12-9.

Hungary celebrating victory in the women's doubles ©FITEQ
Hungary celebrating victory in the women's doubles ©FITEQ

The women's doubles ended the night, with Lea Vasas becoming a double champion at the 2022 Teqball World Championships.

Vasas and Hungarian compatriot Zsanett Janicsek came from a set down to defeat Carolyn Greco and Margi Osmundson from the United States, 11-12, 12-7, 12-6.

The Americans looked fired up after coming back from 6-0 down in the first set to win a deciding point, but the Hungarians controlled the match after pulling away following a tight start to the second set.

Raffaela Fontes and Natalia Guitler from Brazil defeated Katalin Dako and Kinga Barabasi of Romania 12-7, 11-12, 12-7 for the bronze medal.