Image courtesy of Jean-Michel Saive.
At the highest levels, the most common return of a short serve is a short push, even against a sidespin serve. At the lower levels, most players just push them deep, giving opponents the chance to loop.
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"Because the celluloid ball has been with us for a very long time (~100 years) there is a feeling of security and complacency that accompanies it.
When an opponent serves short to the forehand, many players reach in and return it with a nearly stiff wrist, and invariably go crosscourt with a forehand flip.
Match play at the ITTF North America Championships goes from 9:30 to approx. 20:30 on each of the competition days. There will be Event Finals on each of the three days of competition.
Congratulations to Olympian Todd Sweeris and Paralympian Terese Terranova. Yvonne Kronlage named Mark Matthews Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient.
Congrats to: Lily, Erica, Ariel, Prachi, Timmy, Yahao, Khoa, and Peter!
Many players practice for many months, not playing in any tournaments until they feel they are completely ready. They then enter a tournament … and flop.
Check out this great point in the Doubles Final (Xu Xin/Jens Lundqvist vs Par Gerell/Yan An) at the 2013 ITTF Swedish Open.
Suppose you’ve hit a quick, hard shot, and your opponent has moved five feet back to return the ball with a counterdrive or soft topspin.
North Korea takes Mixed Doubles. Taiwan wins Men's Doubles. China dominates Women's Singles and Doubles play.
32 top cadets around the world competed in the tournament.