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11 Questions with Paul Shih and Yun Fan

By USATT | Feb. 23, 2016, 12 a.m. (ET)

 Yun Fan & Paul Shih

USATT Insider poses 11 questions to Yun Fan & Paul Shih of Portland, OR

11 Questions with Paul Shih and Yun Fan

1) Why do you play? 

Yun: I need a indoor sport that is weather proof (oregon rains alot) but also is fun and good cardiovascular exercise.

Paul: I wanted to play a sport that was mentally and physically challenging, but not taxing on joints. 

2) Which is your favorite tournament? 

Yun: Definitely US open and US National (ok that's two, so maybe US Open).

Paul: I like US Nationals, especially last year when we switched to adults and under 18 year olds.

3) Who is your primary nemesis? 

Yun: Little kids who play purely speed deadballs and flat hit. It scares me.

Paul: Good blockers.

4) What is your favorite game tactic to score? 

Yun: Aim for wide angle and block or move the ball to make my opponent run.

Paul: Create opportunity with short pips on my backhand to use my forehand loop.

5) Thoughts on the Poly Ball. 

Yun: I don't find it too different from the older one probably because my style is not about heavy spin.

Paul: I switched to backhand short pips on my BH to coincide with the polyball switch to emphasize spin variation.

6) Toughest Loss? 

Yun: One time I flown to ICC to play their tournament. I had no warm up and just got out of the plane and went straight to the venue. I think I lost to a 800 kid.

Paul: Local Tournament, close loss at deuce on the 5th.

7) Greatest Win? 

Yun: I beat 3-0 a short pip long pip higher rated player who I lost 1-3 at a previous event at 2015 US National at the 2nd SE for U1900.

Paul: At the recent Nationals, beat a guy with long pips!

8) How you prepare for a tournament? 

Yun: Gets at least one more day of practice during the week plus add serve practice at my own garage.

Paul: Play every practice match as if it was a tournament.

9) When you see a new player at the club, what do you do? 

Yun: I generally leave them alone until they become more comfortable at the environment. Then I'd approach them to play a practice game.

Paul: I like to play with all different styles and levels. I always remember when I was a noob.

10) Player you would most like to play in a tournament? 

Yun: Probably a smooth forehand long pip chopper. I have yet to run into one.

Paul: At this point, any challenging player.

11) If you had to face Timothy or Crystal Wang what would your game plan be? 

Yun: Go greet them and beg them for mercy. Please don't 11-0 me! :-) 

Paul: Play my game, no regrets. Leave it all at the table.


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