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  1. Why did China not field Wang Manyu after she saved them against India?

    Sorry if this is out of date or already discussed, but it must have been a real slap in the face for her. You completely save the team from disaster, but then you don't get picked for the next key matches! Crazy! I am hoping that someone will explain that she was not fully fit.
  2. WTT Star Contender Doha 2024

    Sun Yingsha looking more like a world number one today: she has increased her arm and wrist strength, so hitting bigger shots than before. I still don't think there's a lot between the top five Chinese women, with a sixth (Qian Tianyi) now threatening to join the party. The most intriguing match...
  3. WTT World Youth Champs in Slovenia

    Our lone British rep, Anna Hursey, has certainly profited, winning 19 GSF 8, 6, 2 with German partner, Annett Kaufmann. They are the same age, 17.5. Reaching a world junior final!
  4. WTT World Youth Champs in Slovenia

    So looking for a partner from another MA is wanting to team up with a player from another country, I suppose. It happens more often nowadays, both in tennis and in table tennis, and can only benefit these sports.
  5. WTT World Youth Champs in Slovenia

    What does MA stand for?
  6. WTT World Youth Champs in Slovenia

    She's got a good partner for U19 girls' doubles, Annett Kaufmann, and they've reached the semis, quite an achievement for Anna.
  7. WTT World Youth Champs in Slovenia

    Thanks for putting me straight there! I'm glad that the topic I broached has produced such a wide follow-up. I will follow the event and the posts with great interest, even though we have only one British player (in fact Welsh!) good enough to qualify for it. In U15 Girls Team the Chinese wall...
  8. WTT World Youth Champs in Slovenia

    As far as I can see, we do not have any English players taking part. I can only see Wales's Anna Hursey flying the flag for these isles. We do have some promising Under 15 players - perhaps even younger - but I was wondering why no one has taken the trip to Slovenia, which isn't on the other...
  9. WTT Contender Taiyuan 2023

    Nobody got anything to say about the women? WMY was back to her brilliant, dynamic best, with a rapid recovery from her quad injury. I suppose she and SYS will get the two Chinese singles places for the Olympics, with three other contenders not far behind them. Who can challenge them? Harimoto...
  10. WTT Champions Frankfurt 2023

    Some cracks appearing in the Chinese edifice in this tournament: FZD out of sorts - does he have a problem? The absolute highlight for me, an armchair viewer, was the blitzing performance of Taiwan's LYJ, who for once in this event got it all together: brilliant, spectacular BH, improved FH, a...
  11. WTT Contender Muscat 2023

    Pitchford's performance was remarkable. Where has this player been for the last two or three years? Generally sussed out by the European players (and Calderano), who relentlessly exploit his weaker FH side, and struggling to achieve top 50 level. But here his FH was suddenly fizzing and making...
  12. WTT Contender Zagreb 2023

    Great to see Miu Hirano back at this level: she is incredibly fast and was hitting beautifully on both wings - a lesson for anyone in what you can achieve without being super strong! I was also delighted to see Lin Gaoyuan playing so superbly, another player making his way back up to the top...
  13. World Table Tennis Championships 2023

    Some players just look as though they've saved their best and are super-motivated for these World Champs: I am thinking of Harimoto, Hayata, Ma Long and Lin Gaoyuan in particular. The last two now have to take on one another! And what about Anders Lind - where did he come from? I've heard of him...
  14. Keeping the bat high

    The WTT commentators often refer to keeping the bat high while preparing to return a fast ball. Is this a guide towards counter-looping? We tell the youngsters we are coaching to get down, keep the bat over the table and stay down with it, blocking right over the ball lightly to counter the...
  15. WTT Champions Xinxiang 2023

    So it all boils down to China vs China in both finals. They have come through some severe tests. Above all they will be pleased that Liang Jingkun, Lin Shidong, Wang Yidi and Chen Xingtong are stepping up to match the elite players they have at the top, who will not be able to bear the burden of...
  16. WTT Champions Xinxiang 2023

    Some fantastic matches in this tournament, with the top ranked players getting caught by the field - I am thinking of FZD, ML, WCQ, TH and among the women WMY and CM - all of these either eliminated or else just clinging on by their fingertips. Of course the women's event is now less...
  17. Cleaning tacky and hybrid rubbers

    Is it possible that the sticky sheets remove some of the chemicals with which the tacky topsheets are treated? I've often wondered this, but then so many players use sticky sheets on tacky rubber as a permanent routine. Are they all getting it wrong?
  18. WTT Champions Xinxiang 2023

    It's taken a while, but LJK finally seems to be reaching parity with his elite teammates! It has always looked possible with his superb BH and now better fitness allowing his FH to develop to top level as well. Still not the supreme athlete, but much more agile than he used to be. Good to see...
  19. Chinese Trials for WTTC 2023

    I thought that Ma Long was in complete control in the final, with no signs of aging. More energy, covering the corners well, stepping around and above all counter-hitting superbly on the BH, his weaker side! Fan Zhendong's form was disappointing. The Women's final seemed to be less dynamic...
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